Past Exhibitions

Matthew Bird: Dormitorium

5 March – 9 July 2017

Dormitorium is the latest interactive sculptural project by Melbourne-based architect Matthew Bird.  Acclaimed for his progressive and experimental methods, Bird draws across and unites numerous creative disciplines from architecture and interior design to installation art, photography and performance.

In the lead-up to this exhibition, Bird’s research has led to an extensive exploration in the changing traditions of bedchamber aesthetics and the potential these spaces have to profoundly affect the way we rest and rejuvenate.  Bringing together these ideas, Dormitorium is presented as a communal sleep chamber and exploratory environment that encourages audiences to engage with a complexity of sensory propositions, from textures and materials to the immersive effects of moving light and sound technologies.

Dormitorium has been created in collaboration with Respiratory & Sleep Disorders Physician Dr Marcus McMahon from Austin Health and Professor Shantha Rajaratnam and Professor Sean Drummond from Monash University’s Sleep Program, Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences. With contributions from architect and designer Caitlyn Parry, choreographer/ performance artist Phillip Adams and choreographer/ dance artist Shelley Lasica.

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Matthew BIRD, Dormitorium 2017. timber, steel, fixings, paint, electroplated zinc coated trampoline, motorised turntable, sheep skin toppers, caster wheels, projectors, animated digital projections, LED strip lighting, quilted and memory foam pillows, gutter bristles, electrical clamps. Featuring choreographer and dance artist Shelley Lasica. Photography: Peter Bennetts.

Resonance: Selected works from The McClelland Collection

5 March – 9 July 2017

McClelland’s permanent collection informs a series of presentations throughout the year that allows visitors to encounter new acquistions whilst rediscovering familiar aspects of the collection in new ways and various iterations.

Resonance is the latest exhibition drawn principally from McClelland’s collection.  This exhibition highlights a range of modern and contemporary favourites that share connections either through material, process or concept whilst acknowledging ways in which artists have engaged various modes of abstraction that shift across time and location.

Michael Young web resMichael YOUNG Untitled (wall sculpture) 1968, laminated and polished stainless steel, 93.5 x 159.5 x 30. 5 cm, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery Collection. Purchased, 1975 © Michael Young

 

Human/Animal/Artist: Art Inspired by Animals

20 November 2016 – 19 February 2017

Special Curator: Janine Burke

Human / Animal / Artist: Art Inspired by Animals showcased a diverse range of established and emerging contemporary artists who emulate, incorporate or refer to the works of animals, whether nest, web, hive, shelter, structure, design, trace, song or dance.  It explored how the exquisite, elaborate and sophisticated works of certain animals can have a direct, fecund and illuminating relationship with contemporary art. By showing how the human artist has been inspired by the animal’s original design or production, the exhibition acknowledged the profound shift that has taken place regarding animals in recent decades. This shift is the result of our concerns about the natural world due to climate change and its devastating impact on the earth’s many ecosystems. .

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Jason deCAIRES TAYLOR Vicissitudes 2011 (detail) installation view: depth 5m Grenada, West Indies
Courtesy of the artist

 

Human / Animal / Artist

01/09/2016 - 30/09/2016   All Day

This exhibition explores how the exquisite, elaborate and sophisticated works of certain animals can have a direct, fecund and illuminating relationship with contemporary art.


Human / Animal / Artist

01/09/2016 - 30/09/2016   12:00 am - 8:00 pm

It explores how the exquisite, elaborate and sophisticated works of certain animals can have a direct, fecund and illuminating relationship with contemporary art.


Exhibition 3

01/10/2016 - 30/10/2016   12:00 am

This exhibition explores how the exquisite, elaborate and sophisticated works of certain animals can have a direct, fecund and illuminating relationship with contemporary art.


Parallel Futures

01/11/2016 - 30/11/2016   8:00 am - 10:15 pm

This exhibition provides an insight into the evolution of Payes’ work from photography through to sculpture, and how she has made the 2D image a 3D reality.


Parallel Futures 2

01/12/2016 - 31/12/2016   All Day

This exhibition provides an insight into the evolution of Payes’ work from photography through to sculpture, and how she has made the 2D image a 3D reality.