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New Exhibitions at Penrith Regional Gallery

By Penrith Regional Gallery
Posted: 6 Nov 2020
Bonita Ely Plastikus Progressus installation. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Bonita Ely: Memento
Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains: Fabrik
21 November 2020 – 28 February 2021

Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of The Lewers Bequest presents two new exhibitions from 21 November 2020 until 28 February 2021.

Bonita Ely: Memento

Memento, in the Main Gallery, comprises two bodies of work by leading Australian artist Bonita Ely. Ely is well known for her projects which address social and environmental issues through performance, sculpture and installation.

Mementos are the objects we surround ourselves with, as a reminder of the past – both distant and more recent. In this exhibition Bonita Ely presents work that draws connections between human experience and the physical and psychological environments that we inhabit. Plastikus Progressus presents a futuristic museum that traces the history of plastic waste and its impact on the natural environment, including photography, a fictionalised timeline and several ‘creatures’ that Ely has speculated as genetically modified consumers of plastic rubbish.  With Interior Decoration, the artist looks inwards to consider the chronic, intergenerational effects of post-traumatic stress disorder as the result of conflict. Uniting these two projects is Ely’s ability to transform everyday objects into powerful mementos - reminders of personal and collective histories – that also offer hope for the future.

Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains: Fabrik

Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains (MAPBM) is a contemporary art association that aims to support, advocate and develop exhibitions in Western Sydney and further afield. Five artists from this collective will create new works spanning photography, soft sculpture, prints and installation that respond to the themes and ideas associated with the production and circulation of textiles in the 21st Century.

The exhibition, Fabrik, which will be presented in Lewers House, will explore the idea of the material object, as well as the processes of making and unmaking of textiles, clothing and papers. These objects often exhibit a seductive beauty and are major components of the contemporary cycle of production and consumption. The exhibition also includes the questioning of the environmental and social impacts of production and their retailing. These impacts include the human rights and social justice of instances of the use of child labour, inadequate wages, labour movements and poor and unsafe working conditions. The artists involved in the project are Vivienne Dadour, Anne Graham, Beata Geyer, Ian Millis and Ebony Secombe and Fiona Davies (curator).

The Gallery is open daily from 10am – 4pm and the exhibitions will be open across three ticketed sessions per day, 10-11.30am, 12-1.30pm and 2-3.30pm, with time for cleaning in between each session.

Visitors are encouraged to book online or by phone on 47351100 to attend a session but can also book in at the door. Penrith Regional Gallery is following COVID-safe procedures including reduced capacity in its spaces, additional cleaning, hand sanitiser stations, and physical distancing measures.

Bonita Ely Artist Portrait
Anne Graham Work in Progress
Vivienne Dadour
Ebony Seacomb Work in progress
Beata Geyer Work in progress
 
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