From the Latin words for ‘first matter’, Prima Materia is based on the notion that gold could be produced from just a few basic elements.
The exhibition invites a comparison between the creation and destruction dichotomies of the alchemical pursuit, and contemporary art practice.
The artists in this exhibition consider the realities of extraction and transmutation of materials, and challenge the notion that endless production and creation is always beneficial.
The featured artists are: Julie Gough, Alicia King, Linda Persson (SWE), Andre Piguet, Michael GF Prior, Yhonnie Scarce, Vittoria Di Stefano and Zilverster (Goodwin and Hanenbergh). Curated by Emily Jones.
EXHIBITION OPENING & ARTIST TALK
Join Guest Speaker Bryony Nainby, Director, Benalla Art Gallery to celebrate the opening of Prima Materia, followed by a roving Artists’ talk.
WHEN Saturday 11 May 2-4pm
COST Free | includes refreshments
Image: Yhonnie Scarce The More Bones the Better, 2016 (detail) Six medical beakers, tubing & hand blown glass Dimensions variable. Collection: Federation University Australia. Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
11 May - 7 July, 2019
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, 7 Prospect Hill Drive, Bundoora