Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre presents
Vivienne Binns + Hossein Valamanesh
Vivienne Binns and Hossein Valamanesh are mighty forces in the
Australian contemporary art landscape. Their individual practices
are uncompromising and evolving as both artists continually
experiment with material, form and subject. Despite this ongoing
evolution, spanning nearly half a century of art practice, an acutely
individual visual language has pervaded each artist’s work, marking
it as their own as instantly as a signature.
This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see such a broad range of
works from each artists oeuvre. With over 70 works on exhibition,
this show includes work that has never been displayed in Sydney
before. This exhibition does not seek parallels between the two
artists’ work, rather it celebrates difference and presents major
bodies of work that relate to each other in surprising ways.
Both artists have collaborated with other artists throughout their
careers and are participating in this exhibition with the same
spirit of collaboration as neither artist knows what to expect in
showing their work alongside each other. This says much about
their practices, taking risks and pushing boundaries with a natural
confidence that has been cultivated over their vast artistic careers.
BINNS + VALAMANESH tosses two of Australia’s heavyweights of
contemporary art together and this seemingly unlikely pairing will
be an aesthetic adventure into unchartered territory.
Vivienne Binns Captain Cook in Spinifex 2002
acrylic on canvas 62.6 x 100.5 cm
Vivienne Binns Nylon over the Lachlan 2005
acrylic on canvas 130 x 165 cm
Collection: National Gallery of Australia
Vivienne Binns Untitled (made in London) 1 2000
acrylic on canvas 22.5 x 65 cm
Hossein Valamanesh Fallen Branch 2005
bronze 152 x 156 x 7 cm edition of 3.
Courtesy of the Artist and Greenaway Art Gallery Adelaide
Hossein Valamanesh The lover circles his own heart 1993
silk, electric motor, foam, brass rod, stainless steel cable, wood, poem
210 x 210 x 210 cm
Collection: Musem of Contemporary Art, Australia