Galerie pompom presents a solo exhibition of new works by Kylie Banyard. Blue Ridge Moon continues Kylie Banyard’s interest in drawing out the hidden women’s histories of the influential experimental art school Black Mountain College (US, 1933-57). Archival research combined with the artist’s own photographic images result in a series of paintings that propose a present that is thick with remembrances of the past – one where female creativity and kinship has fulsome representation. Where models of generative and adaptive communal living prioritise creative play and rethink ways we might live together.
‘Kylie Banyard’s work is part tribute to the trailblazing women of Black Mountain, part proposition for a values revolution. It repurposes Black Mountain’s progressive vision of art-driven sustainable living for contemporary times, and it does so by repurposing painting away from its self-reflexive discourse and towards imaging joyful alternatives to being in the world.’
From Jacqueline Millner’s catalogue essay for The National 2019: New Australian Art.
Kylie Banyard is currently exhibiting in The National 2019: New Australian Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Further institutional exhibitions include Art from Down Under: Australia to New Zealand, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, North Carolina (2018); Another Green World: Landscape in the 21st Century, The Western Plains Cultural Centre (2017); The Mnemonic Mirror, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, and UTS Gallery, Sydney (2016-2017); and Imagining Alternatives, at Broken Hill Regional Gallery (2014). Banyard has been awarded an artist residency at The Cité International des Arts Paris, funding grants from Arts NSW and the National Association for the Visual Arts, and the Australian Postgraduate Award. Banyard holds a PhD in Fine Arts from UNSW. Blue Ridge Moon is her fourth solo exhibition at Galerie pompom.
Opening night: Thursday 16 May 6pm – 8pm