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  • WhenNovember 20 - January 23, 2022
  • CuratorTony Oates
  • Christmas Shutdown Gallery closed 24 December, re-opens 7 January
  • Special January hours, Jan 7 - Jan 23Friday - Sunday 10am - 5pm and by appointment (phone or text 0416249228).

Un-titled: Elizabeth Newman will open to the public on Saturday 20 November and run to 23 January 2022 with special summer hours in January.

Visitors will need to comply to our current COVID restrictions, see details here.

This exhibition surveys the work of Melbourne artist Elizabeth Newman. Newman’s body of work, be it collage, installation, text-based, textile or found object, is infused with painterly notions of re-presentation.

Hovering around the edges of signification, embracing affect and the act of becoming, her art pivots around reversals of positive and negative, challenging the limitations of language while paradoxically affirming the plasticity of our systems of understanding.

“For me” Newman says, “art-making is an expression and manifestation of the artist’s subjectivity. It is some Thing of the subject made incarnate.”

“I like to bring ‘the nothing’ into being, for some reason. Making a cut, finding a hole; pointing to a void…” says Newman. “I am not the active agent in the art making. I let the work make itself and show itself to me, and then ‘I’ have a look at it, see what I think about it, and see what it is ‘about’ …”

Elizabeth Newman is represented by Neon Parc, Melbourne, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.

Please note that the exhibition program is subject to change due to COVID-19.  Thank you for your understanding.

Install Images

Installation photos: David Paterson

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