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Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


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04 Dec - 18 Feb

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Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

– When

4 December 2017-25 February 2018

– Admission


4 December 2017 – 25 February 2018

Jon Campbell: MCA Collection and Word: MCA Collection showcase works from the Museum’s Collection that engage with language and text. Presented across the Level 1 South and North galleries, these works encompass painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation and video.

Words and word play are central to Jon Campbell’s towering installation Stacks On (2010) in the North gallery. Comprising stacked, illuminated Perspex boxes and suspended fabric banners, Campbell’s colourful work employs Australian vernacular – common sayings and aphorisms – in its realisation. Informal ‘pub talk’, slogans and slang appear on the light boxes and banners, recalling Australian suburbia, adolescence, sports culture and the independent music scene.

Some phrases refer to the artist’s own youth and experiences, including a surfing road trip with mates; others are more general, suggesting roadside signs, pub menus and bits of conversation, overheard.

Alongside the presentation of this installation, the MCA has commissioned Campbell to create a major wall painting on the four walls of the Level 1 North Gallery. The MCA’s – and the artist’s – largest ever wall painting, Absolutely Disgusting will stretch frieze-like around the entire gallery, measuring 2.5 × 65 metres.

In Word: MCA Collection, a large suite of political posters introduces the South galleries, featuring prints from artists and poster collectives around Australia that address land ownership and Indigenous rights, gender and equality, and uranium mining and anti-nuclear protest. Largely created during the 1970s and 80s, they set the scene for debates that continue today; and they represent one of the most direct ways in which ordinary peoples’ voices can be heard across the political spectrum.

Also featured in the South galleries are paintings by Robert MacPherson and Richard Bell, an installation by Raquel Ormella, and Joan Ross’s animated video The claiming of things (2012), which explores European colonisation of the Australian landscape. Drawing upon colonial painting, collage and urban graffiti, Ross’s video plays with a range of visual languages.

Co-curated by Natasha Bullock, Anna Davis and Rachel Kent

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