When:Opening 6pm, Thursday 4 July until 27 July 2019
Bona Fide is a selection of bold, dynamic and experimental work by local artists, Mimi Fairall, Lizzie Hall, Rowan Kane, Eadie Newman and Bernie Slater. It’s the first exhibition curated by Karena Keys since she began working as TAC’s Visual Arts Program Manager early in 2019.
Keys says the artists in the exhibition work with materials and subject matter to ask questions about the world, and our place in it; sometimes overtly, sometimes subversively, but always with pure intent, using ordinary materials to produce engaging, intriguing and often humorous results.
“Lizzie Hall’s work, Hippogriff, 2018, which is made from the iconic Australian breakfast food, Vita Brits (apparently, Weet Bix got too soggy) symbolizes impossible things. This magical creature – half eagle, half horse invites a smile, but also questions the fabled notion of Australian identity,” Keys says.
Rowan Kane’s work, Finishing Youth, 2018, critically overlaps pop culture references and reoccurring trends. Strongly influenced by the aesthetics of 20th century art, music and fashion, these artfully edited works are a humorous, sad and nostalgic way of immortalising a popular culture that moves too quickly.