Intimate Realities: Recent Works from the SAM Collection

3 Mar 2018 - 1 Apr 2019

Intimate Realities showcases recent works from the SAM Collection. This exhibition features sculpture, video, photography, printmaking, painting and ceramics by leading contemporary artists, presented in a way that invites visitors to look more closely.

Many of the works selected have fluid, organic shapes. Many encourage meditation and contemplation. Sometimes, they are accompanied by a musical refrain, engaging several of our senses at once.

Each of the works respond to our natural world. Benjamin Armstrong’s work looks like an oversized eyeball or a sea creature from the deep. Naomi Eller’s busts rethink the idea of making a portrait through sculpture. Heather B. Swann’s female form glistens with a marble-dust finish. Juz Kitson’s riotous wall-sculpture of antlers, hair and body parts is a contemporary take on the ‘tondo’, or circular painting, popularised by Michelangelo and others in the 16th century Italian Renaissance.

The selection of materials is central to the production of art. Many of Kitson’s ceramic parts are manufactured in China with internationally renowned Chinese ceramics factories. Many of the artists have collaborated with musicologists and musicians to create evocative soundscapes that can haunt us for days.

Intimate Realities rewards us with a series of intimate moments that we can carry with us as we go about the rest of our daily lives.

Featuring: Benjamin Armstrong, Nici Cumpston, Pat Brassington, Naomi Eller, Michal Fargo, Sam Jinks, Juz Kitson, Tracey Moffatt, John Perceval, Sally Ross, Heather B. Swann, Angela and Hossein Valamanesh, Paul Wood and more.

Image: Juz Kitson, It's All Embracing Boundless-ness, no II, 2015-16. Southern Ice porcelain, JingdeZhen porcelain, merino wool and rabbit pelt, 90 x 40 x 50cm, Shepparton Art Museum. © and courtesy the artist and Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: docQument Photography.