Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection is an exhibition of the works of one of the world’s most popular contemporary artists, showing exclusively at GOMA, March 24 – August 5.
It will be the largest ever solo exhibition by an Australian artist for the Gallery of Modern Art, and Piccinini’s most ambitious to date, with Deputy Premier and Member for South Brisbane, Jackie Trad, launching it.
There’ll be more than 50 new and recent works by the globally renowned artist, with works including sculpture, photography, video, drawing and installation occupying all of the Gallery’s ground floor galleries, including the Children’s Art Centre. There will also be some never-before-seen commissions, including entirely immersive environments.
Said QAGOMA Director Chris Saines, “Piccinini explores the interrelationship of humanity and the natural world, and the social and moral impact of scientific research, genetics and biotechnology on people, animals and our planet.” The artist worked with a skilled team of collaborators and used computer technology to help create the art, some of which is rather bizarre in nature, with hybridised forms and weirdly realistic sculptures.
Notable works include The Bond (2016) – a woman lovingly cradling an ambiguous looking creature, Big Mother (2005), The Comforter (2010), and The Carrier (2012). And keep an eye upwards for the newly commissioned inflatable sculpture suspended in GOMA’s atrium – a continuation of ideas that Piccinini explored in the controversial hot air balloon work, The Skywhale, commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013.
*Season and family passes are available.
by Vicki Englund
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