Current Exhibition

The Melting Point of Reason

Opening Celebration Thursday 21 May, 5:30-7:30pm

Hany Armanious, Nick Dorey, Fischli/Weiss, Susan Jacobs, Sterling Ruby
Curator: Mark Feary

Conceived in relation to and within the context of a studio-driven school of art, The Melting Point of Reason casts focus on the uncertain potentialities incubated within the studio space. Far greater than the merely an architectural allocation, the studio is a laboratory for experimentation, for testing things out, for seeing how things behave. The Melting Point of Reason assembles works by a selection of artists who work with fields of energy, material exploration, and uncertain processes, as a kind of conduit between the studio or laboratory and the gallery space.

Image credit: Sterling Ruby, Cook (production still), 2003, Single channel video. Courtesy of the artist and Sterling Ruby Studio.

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is a contemporary art space located in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct. It was established in 2001 to provide crucial links between the VCA School of Art and the University of Melbourne (with its community of academics, artists and students), the wider communities of Victoria and on a national platform.The gallery performs an integral and generative function within the VCA artistic community and is a showcase for new work, playing an educational role for the Victorian and Australian community.

The gallery offers established practitioners an opportunity to create new work in a supported and critically engaged environment. It also encourages meaningful connections and exchanges between professional artists, academics, students and the wider public.

The program focuses on new work by local, national and international artists. Exhibitions are presented in an environment that fosters critical discussion, as well as an understanding and promotion of visual art and its broader social contexts, with accompanying forums, artist and curator talks, residencies and public lectures. The exhibition program has a strong emphasis on research, developed by directly responding to exhibition proposals, and by inviting artists, curators or groups whose work or research is of particular contemporary relevance to devise a project for the space.

The program is determined 12 to 18 months in advance to allow a reasonable period of exhibition development in discussion with gallery staff. Application proposals may be submitted to the Director at any time.

The gallery is also responsible for the care and management of the VCA Art Collection, which spans the history of the College and its predecessor, the National Gallery School of Art and the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection.

The Margaret Lawrence Gallery is generously supported by the Margaret Lawrence Bequest.

Director: Vikki McInnes
Gallery and Collection Coordinator: Scott Miles

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