• Photo: Viki Petherbridge

    Kevin Maritz, Untitled (Bead sculpture no. 5), 2003, aluminium, steel, 230 x 40 x 40 cm. © Courtesy the artist

  • Sweet spot

    Tony Clark, Adrienne Gaha, Marie Hagerty, Peter Kennedy, Kevin Maritz, Elizabeth Pulie, Neil Roberts

    6 Mar 2009 to 23 May 2009
    Curator: Joanna Bosse

    Sweet spot presents the work of seven contemporary Australian artists who engage with decorative traditions and ideas about ornamentation. While they have different conceptual and material practices, the artists are united by a sensual engagement with media and form that privileges the notion of ‘aesthetic pleasure’. This concept does not simply imply beauty, but also the idea of sensuous perception.

    This exhibition brings into focus contemporary aspects of the dynamic between a hedonistic revelling in ornamental excess (present in historical periods like the Rococo) and the ordered restraint of modernism.



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The Ian Potter Museum of Art
The University of Melbourne

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