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Sydney Contemporary presents 2020…

Gallerysmith is excited to present the works of Kate Ballis, Penny Byrne, Fiona Hiscock, Waldemar Kolbusz and Catherine Nelson in Sydney Contemporary presents 2020...
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Hothouse | Dena Kahan

Dena Kahan’s new body of work, Hothouse, continues her investigation into museum collections, taking as her subject the antique botanical models in the collection of the University of Melbourne Herbarium and the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences in Sydney...

A Rare Bird in the Lands | Eva Fernandez

Throughout European history, literature, music and theatre, the black swan has been attributed with dark symbolism, having a sinister and seductive association with evil. In this her first solo exhibition at Gallerysmith, Fernandez repositions the swan, and other emblematic flora and fauna representative of Western Australian identity, as trenchant symbols, to explore dark undertones of the state's brutal history.

Wanderland | Lori Pensini

Gallerysmith is delighted to present Lori Pensini's solo exhibition at Gallerysmith this November.

Surrounding the Cactus | Dadang Christanto

Dadang Christanto was born and grew up on Java, the largest island in Indonesia. In this tropical environment, cactus and succulents were not familiar to the landscape and only ever seen at the cinema or on tv. When he first arrived in Australia, Dadang visited Sydney Botanical Gardens and saw these unusual plants for the very first time. Now where the artist lives, near the Northern Rivers region in NSW, cactus gardens are commonplace. While the forms and colours are beautiful, to Dadang they represent a dichotomy of beauty and horror, much like the Indonesian archipelago - a beautiful place, but one which conceals its dark history and the genocide of 1965-66.
These new works embody this tension. Figures are hidden within the foliage of these dense and spiked plants. Dadang describes them as “Beauty wounded. Something which looks so soft on the surface but hard and dark inside.”

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