Binns + Valamanesh

Vivienne Binns and Merryn Gates 1986_2002Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre has announced it will present two of Australia’s leading visual artists in a cross-cultural feast for the senses. Selected works from Vivienne Binns and Hossein Valamanesh will be showcased in a free exhibition from 19th July 2014.

Curator Toni Bailey has sourced a variety of artworks for the Exhibition that highlight the diversity of the two artists’ practices that span over four decades, across a variety of mediums, including painting, sculpture and installation.

Born in Wyong NSW, Vivienne Binns has established herself as a highly respected and astute artist within the Australian artistic landscape. Her work explores what it means to be an artist in Australia with local and European histories, engaging with cultures in the Asia Pacific region.

Her abiding interests are the function of art making as a human activity, which occurs in all social groups, and the manifestations of this throughout social environments especially in patterning and surface treatments.

Hailing originally from Iran, and now living and working in Adelaide, Hossein Valamanesh sensitively combines cultural elements from his two countries. The result is sculptural and installation-based work relating to memory, cultural dislocation, loss, and the progression of time. The work, simultaneously strong and subtle, and occasionally playful, has gentle and poetic resonances.

“We are thrilled to showcase such a fantastic range of works from these highly respected artists for the first time at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre,” says Kiersten Fishburn, Director of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

“This exhibition is a wonderful reflection of the culturally diverse and creative heart of Liverpool, and one of our highlights from this year’s artistic calendar.”

Vivienne Binns & Hossein Valamanesh
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula
Exhibition: 19th July – 7th September, 2014
Free entry

For more information, visit: www.casulapowerhouse.com for details.

Image: Vivienne Binns and Merryn Gates 1986/2002 acrylic over fabric paint on canvas 62.5 x 100.3 cm

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