09.09.2015 – 26.09.2015
Possibly etc is an exhibition of work, which employs the language of abstraction. Using pencils, pens, textas, water colour and most predominately paint, they follow on from work I made in Central Australia in mid 2014. What sets these apart is the investment into them. The works are a lot more involved and built up. In fact, some of them are the works from Central Australia reworked. On occasion, figurative elements may appear. Many textas were sacrificed in the production of these works, as they may meander through a pool of wet paint and become unusable. The question these works are asking is whether these textas are dying as martyrs?
During this time I had a months studio residency at Watch This Space in Alice Springs, and then spent two weeks living in a South Australian Central Desert community, Indulkana, volunteering as an art centre assistant with Iwantja Arts. In Alice Springs, I was living in a powerless hut on a communal property, which was at the beginning of the Mcdonald Ranges. The beauty, stillness and complexity of the desert seemed like an artwork in itself, something to behold and immerse in. The sheer insignificance I felt and anonymity of being in what seemed like another country, someone else’s country, evoked a feeling of confusion and perplexion, which seemed to demand an honest response. Not knowing what to think or do I felt like making art which would be therapeutic and escapist.
Binns was born in Lismore, NSW in 1980. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Recent solo exhibitions include Spinifex Songs, Watch This Space, Alice Springs, 2014; Rarities, Scarities, Ruins and Ripe Fruit, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2014; Ali Baba Squinting and The Watership Windband, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2012; Toy Paintings, Uplands Gallery, 2011; Toy Paintings, Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney, 2010. Group exhibitions include Groupgrope, Incidents above a bar, The Alderman, Brunswick 2015; Faux Museum, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford 2014; Martin Kippenberger, Neon Parc, Melbourne 2014; Loose Canon, Artbank Gallery, Sydney 2014; FIN, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne 2014; Synergism, Rudder Exchange Visual Arts Mentor Partnership exhibition, The Front, Docklands 2013; Gertrude Studios, Gertrude Contemporary, Fitzroy, 2013; Sub12, The Substation, Newport, 2013; DECLINE, curated by Harriet Morgan, Top Shelf Gallery, Melbourne, 2013; Like Mike, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, St Kilda, 2013; Guirguis New Art Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 2013;On the Y Axis: Considering Vertical Perspective, curated by Venita Poblocki, First Draft, Sydney, 2012; Thank you for the days: my teenage years, curated by Djon Mundine, Lismore Regional Gallery, 2011. Binns was winner of the Metro 5 Award in 2008 and the TCB VCA Graduate Award 2003.