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Group Show
‘Frozen Blood’
16 Nov.–16 Dec.

Neon Parc is excited to present ‘Frozen Blood’, a group exhibition taking place over the gallery’s three spaces in the City, Brunswick and South Yarra. This will be the final exhibition in the City gallery since its inception in 2006.

Featuring works by Peter Booth, Mike Brown, Vita Cochran, William Crawford, Matthys Gerber, Sarah Drinan, Raafat Ishak, Josey Kidd-Crowe, Kieren Kinney, Claire Lambe, Pat Larter, Richard Larter, Nunzio Madden, David McDiarmid, Rob McLeish, Nabilah Nordin, Gaetano Pesce, Siobhan Ryan and Gemma Smith.

Frozen Blood, the extract of a breathing body; is the suspension of something which used to flow and gush with life but is now static and waiting for reanimation.

Presenting new works by contemporary artists alongside historical works important to the lineage of Australian art, the exhibition reveals the threads of influence that tease out stylistic and conceptual underpinnings of contemporary practice.

Conjuring a visceral image or sensation, ‘Frozen Blood’ evokes themes of immortality, time, lust, the body, transfusion and Bad Taste. The exhibition juxtaposes the coolness of abstraction against the pulse of naked flesh, at once meticulous and laboured, yet articulating something primal and rudimentary.

Looking at the link between artists who have produced abstraction and figuration, and also probing the moment when figuration becomes abstraction, ‘Frozen Blood’ allows uncertainty and hidden layers to underpin it.

Highlights include historical works by Mike Brown, Maria Kozic and Peter Booth; new paintings by Sarah Drinan, Yasmin Hopkins; new works by Spencer Lai; works on paper by Marco Fusinato, Brett Whiteley and Rob McLeish; sculptures by Claire Lambe, Gaetano Pesce, Hugo Blomley; paintings by Richard Bell, Gemma Smith and Sam Martin; textiles by Vita Cochran.

Peter Booth and Mike Brown courtesy Charles Nodrum Gallery
Vivienne Binns and Raafat Ishak courtesy Sutton Gallery
Claire Lambe courtesy Sarah Scout Presents
Gemma Smith courtesy Sarah Cottier Gallery

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