Exhibition – Cuttings

Cuttings – Elizabeth Gower
Geelong Gallery
Little Malop Street
Geelong VIC 3220

01 September 2018 – 25 November 2018

Elizabeth Gower is one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists with a career spanning forty years, and as a pioneering feminist artist who emerged in the 1970s, her work has had, and continues to have, an important impact on her peers and younger artists.  Gower’s ingenious formal manipulation and transformation of materials is conditioned by her work’s exceptional conceptual rigour.

Gower recycles and collages remnants of popular culture to create exquisite optical patterns and explore ideas of consumerism and consumption.

Her work typically involves cutting up and intricately collaging—onto drafting film, canvas or paper surfaces—collected printed ephemera, packaging material and magazine pages.

As we become more urgently cognizant of the degradation of our environment and the social impacts of consumerism and global consumption, Gower’s concerns with refuse, redundancy, recycling and new aesthetics gain greater communicative potential and power.

Cuttings – Elizabeth Gower runs concurrently with the gallery’s showing of the 2018 Archibald Prize.  From the eye-catching entrance, you can’t possibly miss it.  And you shouldn’t.  This is the work of an entirely original artist at the summit of her powers.

ArtsHub features a full review of the exhibition by Paul Isbel (a former ArtsHub contributor and a publicist for the Australasian Arts and Antiques Dealers Association. Most recently he was a course designer for an entry-level vocational training program for the arts sector) where he discusses not only her history, and what brought her to this point, but also how her works are shaped and the materials she uses.

He has marked this exhibition as excellent and definitely worth seeing.

Can’t get to the exhibition?  Then check out more of her innovative work on her website.

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