Sanné Mestrom: Black Paintings

29 July – 11 November 2018

Sanné Mestrom’s Black Paintings, made from undyed spun wool mounted on steel frames, derive from a series of minimal abstract paintings by the American painter Frank Stella from the 1960s. Flat, imposing, and with a masculine edge, Stella’s works exemplify the influential theory of modernism proposed by American critic Clement Greenberg – that painting was progressively refined to its surface qualities. Conversely, Mestrom’s series celebrates the rough texture and comforting qualities of wool and the associated notions of weaving as a feminine craft. Stella’s canvases are re-posed as endearing sculptural objects and installations, complemented by a series of gouache paintings.

Image: Sanné Mestrom, Black paintings 2014, courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. Photography Christian Capurro

Annette Warner

Atlas of Memory: (re)visualising Gordon Ford’s natural Australian garden

29 July – 11 November 2018

This exhibition of research by Annette Warner, School of Ecosystems & Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne presents diverse archival material relating to the influential practice of mid‐to late 20th Century landscape designer Gordon Ford. Ford was recently recognised as a person of National Significance for his contribution to an Australian naturalistic approach to landscape design. Historically he is linked to the development of the Eltham creative movement and significant figures such as the architect Alistair Knox, photographer Sue Ford and other well‐known artists, writers and designers of this time.

Photography Christian Capurro