Photo credit: André Piguet
Opening Thursday 9 March, 6-8pm
Exhibition Friday 10 March until Saturday 1 April 2017
For VACATION Dean and Hinder have self-initiated an interruption to their usual methods of producing artwork. Though a vacation usually involves leaving your habitual surroundings and taking some downtime, there has been no departure or period without work. Instead, the two have taken a vacation from painting to focus on a medium and format that lends itself to vacationing due to its transportability – drawing.
This break in their usual work pattern led to an increasingly flexible approach in both their practices. While working toward the exhibition, both artists had planned to read and respond to Virginia Woolf’s novel To the Lighthouse, however both left the book unfinished due to running out of time, as is the case with aspirational holiday goals. Intuitive working methods were adopted and various other texts consumed, which have inspired the artists’ work. Ironically, many of the drawings in VACATION depict romanticised and fictitious narratives from a holiday that never occurred.
Iain Dean lives and works in Perth, Western Australia. Dean holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from Curtin University, Western Australia and a Certificate IV Fine Arts from Adelaide Central Arts, South Australia. Selected exhibition include What is error?, Wellington St Projects, Sydney, 2016; Skimming Stones, Rubicon ARI, Melbourne, 2015; Dream baby Dream, Free Range Gallery, Perth, 2015; The End of Legacy, Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2015; I think I’m a Genius, Beyond Art Gallery, Perth, 2016; Got it for Cheap, curated by Charlie Roberts, David Risley Gallery in Copenhagen, Steinsland Berliner Gallery in Stockholm, Agnes B’s Gallerie du Jour in Paris and Black Bear BK in New York, 2016. Dean is represented by Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne.
Justin Hinder is an artist, curator and writer based in Melbourne. Selected solo and group exhibitions include grande finale, THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; A BILLION BUCKS, The Honeymoon Suite, Brunswick, 2016; telltale, Arts Project Australia, North Melbourne, 2016 for Next Wave Festival; Parallels, Rubicon, North Melbourne, 2015; Tethered in the Shade, Rockies, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014; heaven-sent crumbs (with Sarah CrowEST), Utopian Slumps, Melbourne 2014; Draw Backs, Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2014; NO WERK, Trocadero, Melbourne, 2014; MOVEMENTS, C3 Contemporary, Melbourne, 2014; and A MILLION BUCKS, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2013. Hinder is represented by THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.