TROY EMERY: MAKING FRIENDS

Solo exhibition of new works

Gould Galleries is delighted to present it's first solo exhibition by engaging Melbourne artist Troy Emery - coinciding with the South Yarra Opening Day.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gould Galleries in Victoria, Australia.
From Wednesday 27 February 2013 to Friday 12 April 2013
Launch Saturday 02 March 2013, 2-5pm

Pinky 2013 image Altar Piece 2013 image Sun King 2013 image Golden Lion 2013 image Dysfunctional Camouflage  2013 image Black Dog 2013 image New Found Land 2013 image Pioneer 2013 image Figure 2013 image Blue Circles 2012 image Swamp Thing 2013 image The Visitor 2013 image Rainbow Monkey 2013 image Black Fox 2013 image South Yarra Opening Day image

Published by Gould Galleries on Friday 22 February 2013.
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Using high-density foam moulds commonly used by taxidermists Emery substitutes the pelts with brightly coloured polyester pompoms or tassels. Utopian rainbow motifs, patination or block colours envelop the contours of animal bodies to create abstracted hybrid-creatures. Through this process they transform into something new – Emery is proposing that they could exist somewhere in a parallel universe or fantasy landscape.

Some pieces incorporate fake rocks used as taxidermy mounts for display devices; here they function as a kind of altar, referencing the use of animals in spiritual practices. Emery sees this allegory as interchangeable with the classically transcendental properties of art.

2012 began successfully for Emery with an eight-week research trip to New York and Berlin resulting from winning the Royal Bank of Scotland emerging artist award. He also gained a two-year studio residency from the Sandra Bardas Studio Grant. Emery was further honoured with a solo exhibition Wild Thing at Ipswich Regional Art Gallery, with over 36,000 people visiting. Gould Galleries showcased Emery together with Stephen Bird at the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair and he is a finalist in the 2013 McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award.

Raised in Toowoomba QLD, Emery relocated to study and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (hons) at Hobart School of Art, University of Tasmania (2005). He completed a Masters of Fine Art at Sydney College of the Arts in Sculpture, Performance, & Installation (2010). Prominent institutions including Deakin University, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Artbank Australia now hold his sculptures.