Curated by Chelsea Hopper
Exhibition: 7 June – June 24, 2017
I Can See Russia From Here includes the works of eleven Australian artists who reference, are influenced by, or engage a “Russian imaginary”.
This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution — one hundred years of Russian “influence” over modern and contemporary art, over the conflicts between capitalism and communism, over contemporary geo political tensions. How has Russia remained relevant to so many artists in the 20th and 21st centuries? What does Russia mean today?
Newly commissioned works are included from early-career contemporary artists Chris Carmody, Sam Cranstoun, Alex Hobba and Meg Stoios. The exhibition also includes works from artists who have had an ongoing influence on Australian art in the period following the publication of Camilla Grey’s seminal 1962 study of Russian art The Great Experiment: 1863-1922: Nigel Lendon, Peter Kennedy and John Nixon.
Chelsea Hopper is an independent curator. Her recent exhibitions include “Here&Now17: New Photography”, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery; “9/11”, Moana Project Space, and “New Sincerity”, Moana Project Space.
These exhibitions are part of TCB’s Prolegomenon series supported by the City of Melbourne’s Arts Grants Program, Creative Victoria and Hells Kitchen, which encourages intergenerational exchange between emerging and established artist.
TCB art inc. acknowledges the people of the Kulin Nations as the traditional custodians of the land, recognising their connection to land, waters and community, and the fact that Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. We pay our respects to their Elders; past, present and future.
Image: Chris Carmody, Dear Comrade, 2017, acrylic on canvas off-cut, 98.5 x 25cm.