NOT: Forensic anthropology


13 July 2022 - 7 August 2022

Free Admission

‘NOT: Forensic anthropology’
At a time when issues of sustainability and action around climate change are at the forefront of public attention, the artist NOT’s use of discontinued or discarded materials (including recycled TV screen and recast found bonsai pots) brings into forensic focus the frictions and fault lines at play between the local and the global. With ‘Forensic anthropology’, the Woollahra-based artist presents two discrete bodies of work: The resolution will not be televised (2022), a new installation of recycled TV screen elements; and a reworking of the 2019 Australian Ceramics Triennale work Reliqui, composed of hundreds of ceramic fragments and polished glass pieces on a recycled cardboard bookcase (echoing the Gallery’s former site as a library). With 2022 being the UN International Year of Glass, NOT is particularly interested in using this medium to highlight how aspects of our natural environment have become props in a larger play of globalism and trade (symbolised by the Dutch still life/vanitas tradition of the so-called Golden Age), all the while evidencing a deep concern and nostalgia for our imperilled natural world.


NOT is an installation artist working primarily in ceramic and glass. He has held solo shows at KRONENBERG MAIS WRIGHT (‘Song dynasty’, 2018; ‘Invisible hand’, 2020; and ‘Backlight’, upcoming), and has been included in group exhibitions at Canberra Glassworks (‘Confluence’, 2018), Casula Powerhouse (‘The 66th Blake Prize’, 2021), Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery (‘STILL: National Still Life Award 2019’), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (‘Glazed & Confused’, 2014–15), Macquarie University Art Gallery (‘Nationalism in the Wake of COVID’, 2022), Shepparton Art Museum (2019), S.H. Ervin Gallery (‘River on the Brink’, 2019), Toyama Glass Art Museum (‘The Hindmarsh Prize 2018’), and Wollongong Art Gallery (‘Birds & Language’, 2022). Shortlisted for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize in 2017 and 2019, NOT’s work was included in ‘Manifest’ for the 2019 Australian Ceramics Triennale, ‘REVERB’ for Visual Arts Scotland in March–April 2022, and is held in important private and public collections, including Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery and Shepparton Art Museum.

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