Elizabeth Gower- bringing order to human chaos at Geelong Gallery
Posted 11 September 2018
The Geelong Gallery has just opened an exhibition by Elizabeth Gower, one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, that is not to be missed.
In the exhibition titled ‘Cuttings’, Gower’s interest lies in the human desire to create order from the chaotic, and she finds it on the everyday patterns of toilet paper, wall paper and news print.
Design is all around us and with Geelong’s recognition a the UNESCO City of Design, it is entirely appropriate to note Elizabeth Gower’s arrival as it brings such strong design aesthetics to the exhibition. Fascinating repetitions in the work contain layers of interest that are intriguing and at times delightful.
Keep an eye on the Events page for the September opening dates.
Gower has held over 30 individual exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas, including shows at AC Institute, New York, USA, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Longwood University, Virginia and Arthouse, London. Major group exhibitions, include: Self/Selfie, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, curator Fiona Sweet, 2017; Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists, Geelong Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery, Cairns Art Gallery, Tweed Regional Gallery, QUT Art Gallery, 2017; Melbourne Now, curators Max Delany and Tony Ellwood, NGV: Australia & NGV: International Melb, 2013; Collage: the Heide Collection, curator Lesley Harding, Heide MoMA, 2013; Black elastic, two umbrellas, a mint leaf and wheels, curator Rosemary Forde, MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art, 2011; Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2002.
Gower’s work is held in all Australian state collections including the NGA, Canberra, in addition to Artbank, Deakin University, Geelong Art Gallery, Melbourne University, Monash University, Parliament House Canberra and Wesfarmers, Perth among others. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, and been commissioned to make artworks for Victorian Ministry for the Arts painted tram project, Melbourne World Trade Centre, MCG Great Southern Stand, Southgate, World Congress Centre, Melbourne and Sydney Olympics Superdome.