Sonic Spheres Opening Weekend - Tarra Warra 4-5 Aug 2012

An assemblage of contemporary Australian artworks engaged with sound, music and voice

The TarraWarra Museum of Art will present the third iteration of its biennial from 5 August to 9 December 2012. Dedicated to showcasing contemporary and innovative Australian art, the TarraWarra Biennial will be curated by TWMA director Victoria Lynn.

This year, the biennial will include the work of 20 artists and one collaborative group: Robyn Backen, Lauren Brincat, Eugene Carchesio, The Donkey's Tail, Marco Fusinato, Nathan Gray, David Haines & Joyce Hinterding (collaboration), Ross Manning, Dylan Martorell, Victor Meertens, Angelica Mesiti, Yukultji Napangati, James Newitt, Tom Nicholson with Andrew Byrne (collaboration), John Nixon, Sandra Selig, Christian Thompson, Ray James Tjangala and Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula.

The exhibition presents an assemblage of works engaged with sound, music and voice and will include drawings, musical scores, assemblages made from musical instruments, paintings and video. These works express the sonic through visual means. Many of the works are created through the use of improvisation and assemblage.

The TarraWarra Biennial was inaugurated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary art practice. Guest curated by Victoria Lynn and entitled Parallel Lives the first exhibition featured 17 Australian artists exploring the resurgence of artists working with painting to represent the experience of the everyday. In 2008 guest curator Charlotte Day mounted the second TarraWarra Biennial entitled Lost and Found: An Archeology of the Present. Bringing together 21 Australian and New Zealand artists the exhibition articulated the engagement of contemporary art with historical forms. In 2010 the TarraWarra Contemporary continued the museum’s commitment to showing contemporary art, through the eyes of a diverse group of arts industry professionals and under the new directorship of Victoria Lynn the biennial, a significant survey of contemporary art at TWMA, will be revived in 2012.

Victoria Lynn says “In this exhibition, while some artists respond to an avant garde tradition of experimental sound, others are interested in the ways in which music is a cultural expression. For many of the artists sound or song is a means of communication.”

Many of the artists perform live with their art works. There will be a program of talks and performances on the opening weekend of the exhibition (4-5 August).

TarraWarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road
Healesville Vic 3777
 tel (03) 5957 3100 

(forwarded from Eliza Ordinans)