Model Pictures

Model Pictures, at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, 23 February to 15 May 2011, will feature four Melbourne-based artists who use constructed models or tableaux as an integral part of their painting process. The exhibition will feature the works by Moya McKenna, James Lynch, Amanda Marburg and Rob McHaffie from the period between 1990 and 2010.

Art Exhibition previously on at Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 23 February 2011 to Sunday 15 May 2011

Hope for the dishevelled seeker I, 2010 image I can only invite you to the party, somewhere along the line you have to say yay or nay, 2007 image Disaster of the month (February), 2007 image Disaster of the month (January), 2007 image Tom and bloody Kennett, 2009 image Giving the devil his due 2, 2004 image Giving the devil his due 6, 2004 image Giving the devil his due 19, 2004 image Large lobster, 2007 image Sanctuary, 2005 image Laws of nature, 2007 image A bridge to the present, 2009 image

Published by Ian Potter Museum of Art on Saturday 22 January 2011.
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Model pictures tracks these artists’ approach to modelling the world around us, which has built a new direction for contemporary painting in Melbourne over the last decade. The exhibition examines the historical significance of these initiatives as well as each artist’s different working methods, involving constructed tabletop tableaux, plasticine models, mannequins and studio still lifes.

Lynch, Marburg, McKenna and McHaffie all graduated from the VCA between 1996 and 2002 and use painting as a diagnostic tool. They experiment with their immediate environment and with ideas of scale and pictorial space, analysing the character of painting and the problem of its ‘autonomy’.

Curator, Bala Starr, says Model Pictures seeks to establish new and more robust critical and historical terms for the interpretation of this particularly Australian practice.

“The strategy of using constructed models or tableaux has become something of a hallmark of contemporary Australian practice with artists such as Ricky Swallow, Patricia Piccinini and Callum Morton achieving international recognition.

“The dominant interpretative model—revolving around repetition and simulation as expressing scepticism towards representation—was established early and elaborated upon little. This exhibition will explore interpretations of the practice from a critical and historical perspective”, Ms Starr said.

The Model Pictures exhibition is part of a series at the Potter that brings together artists of different generations to explore a theme, style or premise relating to artistic and critical practice. Previous recent examples include Song of sirens, Sweet spot, Earthly reflections of heavenly things, and A spoonful weighs a ton.