Permafrost brings together artists from Europe, USA and Australasia. For the first time in Australia, the gallery will stage a major exhibition in a stunning private exhibition space in Alexandria, Sydney. And also for the first time we will present works by new gallery artists Lawrence Carroll (USA), Liat Yossifor (USA), Hanns Kunitzberger (AUT), Kemal Seyhan (TUR) and Boomoon (KOR), alongside young British painter Struan Teague and artists familiar to the gallery’s program, Aida Tomescu (AUS), Tomislav Nikolic (AUS), Winston Roeth (USA), Geoff Thornley (NZ), Callum Innes (UK) and Jenny Topfer (AUS).
Many of the works are major in scale and ambition and despite their highly individual characters, share a mysterious double life. Between the rigour and authenticity of their making all of these works are profoundly metaphorical. They both conceal and reveal aspects of their material life and making but each transcend the recent fashion for “process”. Their collective whole is far, far greater than the sum of their parts and each work demonstrates how painting, more than any medium continues to enfold vision and tactility with poetry.
The exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Australian born artist Lawrence Carroll. Lawrence sustained a major career on either side of the Atlantic having moved to America as a child and his work has been presented and collected by museums worldwide. Lawrence sadly passed away on May 21st this year.