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, sharp-edged and masculine, 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 severe and austere canvases are re-posed as endearing sculptural objects and installations, complemented by a series of delicate gouache paintings.

Image: Sanné Mestrom, Black Painting I 2014 detail. Image courtesy the artist and Switchback Gallery,Federation University Australia, Gippsland campus.

Performing systems of beauty: (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.