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Matthys Gerber

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

22 Sep 2015 to 06 Dec 2015

Curator: Natasha Bullock

About the exhibition

The work of Sydney artist Matthys Gerber explores the languages, experiences and histories of painting. His engagement with historical and popular sources, along with his experimental attitude, technical virtuosity and refusal to rest with one style or subject matter have become the hallmarks of his practice.

In his work he has challenged traditional painting genres, including abstraction, portraiture, landscape, still life and text; and employed various techniques, from finely wrought realistic details to the impasto effects of gestural abstraction. At the core of this process is the dynamic between representation and abstraction, a tension embodied in his ongoing series of Rorschach paintings.

Gerber came to prominence in Australia during the late 1980s when painting was experiencing an international renaissance. His work reacts to 80’s appropriation and is influenced by the various histories of the avant-garde, indigenous painting, popular music and commercial design. This exhibition explored contrasts and relationships between past and recent work, highlighting the structure and chaos at the centre of his approach.

Matthys Gerber was born in Delft, the Netherlands and in 1964 moved to Augustenborg, Denmark and then in 1971 to Sydney, Australia.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Tim Johnson
  • Artist at Papunya
Tommy Stevens Tjapangati
  • Artist at Papunya
George Tjungurrayi
  • Untitled