Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Images: (left) Catherine Truman, Ongoing Being (detail), 2010. mixed media, 200 x 85 x 20 cm. (right) Catherine Truman, In Preparation for Seeing: Cell Culture Glove, 2015, white cotton glove encrusted with glass spheres, Coplin jar, microscope slides, steel forceps, inlaid with glass spheres, light pad, dimensions variable. Image: Grant Hancock.

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps it is in a vast landscape, or a personal experience. In Catherine Truman’s case, it’s often what she sees through the microscope.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is pleased to present the ‘must-see’ Catherine Truman: no surface holds, a major touring exhibition and part of The JamFactory Icon series, opening at 2.30pm, Saturday 24 August 2019.

Launched in 2013 as a series of solo exhibitions the Icon series celebrates the achievements of outstanding and influential craft and design practitioners based in South Australia. Previous Icon series exhibitions presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery have celebrated the creative careers of Stephen Bowers in 2014 and Gerry Wedd in 2018.

This exhibition will be the first time that Catherine Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is presented as a whole. Truman will present an intriguing and diverse solo show of objects, installation, images and film including several brand new works.

With a 35-year practice that covers public artworks to intricate carvings, she has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections including Coda-museum, Netherlands, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, and the National Gallery of Australia, to name a few. Last year her carvings and jewellery were the subject of a major survey exhibition shown at Art Gallery of South Australia.

Public event

Meet the artist and floor talk by Catherine Truman on Saturday 24 August 2019 at 1.30pm followed by the exhibition opening at 2.30pm with guest speaker Anne Brennan, artist, writer and honorary visiting fellow at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the ANU School of Art. All welcome admission free.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery is located at 77 Darling Street, Cowra. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am–4pm, Sunday 2pm–4pm. Admission free. For more information visit www.cowraartgallery.com.au or tel 6340 2190.

The Cowra Regional Art Gallery is a cultural facility of the Cowra Shire Council.