The Sidney Nolan Trust and Informality are delighted to announce, a virtual exhibition, showing the work of Paris based, Australian artist Anthony White. White’s work will be displayed digitally throughout The Rodd, a 17th-century property and outbuildings in Presteigne, Wales where renowned Australian artist, Sidney Nolan resided for 10 years.
The online exhibition supports Anthony White’s recent award of the Creative Arts Fellowship which has been postponed due to the current international travel restrictions. White will use the award to research Sidney Nolan’s writings, sketches and notes held in the collection at the National Library of Australia, relating to the creation of the Eureka Stockade mural commissioned by the Reserve Bank of Australia in 1966. The research will inform and inspire White in the ideation and development of a new body of work that he will create whilst undertaking a residency at The Rodd, Nolan’s working environment, in 2021.
The painting Docile Bodies I, 2019 is inspired by a response to Michel Foucault’s book Discipline and Punish (1977).
"Through the use of collage I wanted to give a sense of the opening chapter of the book, punishment in all its forms. The manner in which this work was made draws from the German/French visual artist Rotraut Klein-Moquay. Rotraut threw paint doused rags at the surface of the canvas working aggressively at the surface of the work. In the same sense, I have let that ball of rag turn into a long arcing wet rag which I then whip across the surface of the painting".
Docile Bodies I, 2019 Collage, flashe, neoprene and acrylic on linen 152 x 152 cm
The Right Side of History I, II, III 2019 Oil on ripolin on linen 55 x 46 cm
The Right Side of History I, II, III, 2019, looks at compositional elements of the Australian landscape against a political backdrop. White responded to Australian politicians who were talking about a 'right side of history' defining winners and losers with polarizing language that separated the audience.