Hilarie Mais
Bay 2001
oil on wood
127.2 x 244.8 x 4.0 cm
TarraWarra Museum of Art collection
Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO.
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2012
© Hilarie Mais

Systems and Structures: A Focus on the TarraWarra Museum of Art Collection

23 March - 14 July 2024
Curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick

Drawing predominantly from TarraWarra Museum of Art’s significant collection of abstract painting and sculpture, Systems and Structures features works by a range of Australian artists who employ patterns, geometry, modules and repetition as key elements in their creative process. Rather than restrict or limit their creativity, for many artists the introduction of a system or set of principles to guide their artmaking can be highly generative, providing a formal, material and conceptual basis for exploration, experimentation and discovery.

As this exhibition reveals, there is a wide range of systems that artists have explored and implemented in the development of their distinctive visual languages: from Robert Hunter’s transformation of humble everyday materials into luminous geometric compositions to Clement Meadmore’s use of a modular system to create sculptures that combine both the expressive gesture of the curve and the formal geometry of the squared surface; and from Hilarie Mais’s merging of the grid with organic forms and patterns found in nature to create shimmering lattice constructions to Rosalie Gascoigne’s inventive, gridded assemblages of found materials which are infused with a spirit of place.

Featuring additional works by Howard Arkley, Lesley Dumbrell, Mark Galea, Robert Jacks, Callum Morton, John Nixon and Robert Owen, Systems and Structures highlights the various ways in which artists have investigated systematic parameters as a means to expand the dimensions of their practices.

Systems and Structures is presented concurrently with SUPERsystems, a joint exhibition of new work by Melbourne-based artists Peter Atkins and Dana Harris, and The Industrial Design of Clement Meadmore: The Harris/Atkins Collection, a comprehensive collection of innovative modernist designs by the acclaimed sculptor and designer, Clement Meadmore.


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