Join Mikala Dwyer in conversation with Gertrude Artistic Director Mark Feary from 4pm, Saturday 12 June, followed by a reception with the artist until 7pm.
Mikala Dwyer in collaboration with composer James Hayes, present
Ode to the ???? a sound and sculptural work in the Gertrude Glasshouse space. Carceral-like architectures of animal captivity are suggested through the use of sound. Expanding on the artist’s recent investigations into apparitions, this new body of work explores ideas of reanimation and extinction. Expanding on the show’s context, Dwyer describes:
The ???? bird sang a last song to its mate in the 1980s. This sad song with no reply conjures many ghosts as extinctions rise and fall through the richly haunted deep time of this earth. Here I try to imagine a zoo for the supernatural populated by residues both avian and human. Electricity, colour, light, sound, magnetic fields, imprints on the ether as we dissolve into particles of memory or data. Trapped in our grid of reason, I imagine escape routes that can bend and dissolve bars, lines and geometries. Birds always remind me of escape, airborne into mesmerizing swarms guided by magnetic fields. Seeing things we have lost the ability to imagine.
Dwyer is a Sydney-born, Melbourne-based artist and studied sculpture and sound art at the Sydney College of the Arts, prior to postgraduate studies at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Middlesex Polytechnic, London, and Berlin University of the Arts. In addition to their role as Associate Professor of Fine Arts at RMIT University, Dwyer is an established and respected contemporary practitioner working across sculpture, painting and performance. Dwyer’s work has been profiled with survey exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2017) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2015). Major solo presentations include Earthcraft, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery | Len Lye Centre (2019), Goldene Bend’er, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2013), and Drawing Down the Moon, Institute of Modern Art (2012). Dwyer is represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington.
Gertrude Glasshouse is generously supported Michael Schwarz and
The 2021 Glasshouse Program is supported by a City of Yarra Annual Grant.