a thousand miles from everywhere
3 February - 1 July 2018
Franck Gohier: a thousand miles from everywhere is a celebration of the work of Franck Gohier and is the third in a series of MAGNT exhibitions celebrating Northern Territory artists. It places him firmly in the Darwin, the Northern Territory and the Australian cultural landscape. The exhibition brings together for the first time works that cover some of the major themes of Gohier’s work from the global influence of Pop art and capitalism through to the bombing of Darwin in World War II and the city itself as subject.
Initially fuelled by the anarchic spirit of punk, Gohier has been making art since the 1980s when he started attending art school at what is now Charles Darwin University. Over a long career, Gohier has worked in a multitude of media and roles from master printer to furniture maker to painter. For the last 15 years, he has concentrated almost solely on his own practice as well as being the sporadic principal of Red Hand Prints.
Importantly, Gohier has also made a career out of Darwin, with regular exhibitions in Sydney and public institutions in the southern states. This exhibition brings the scope of his practice to his most loyal coterie of friends, family, collectors and fellow travellers in Darwin as well as serving as an introduction for MAGNT visitors to the depth and diversity of Gohier’s practice.
Image (above): Franck Gohier, To fall, the way the flowers do – to die an honourable death 2008 (detail), triptych, synthetic polymer paint on pop-riveted aluminium, with acrylic sheet and die-cast models, MAGNT Collection © Franck Gohier
(Below): Franck Gohier, Franck Gohier: a thousand miles from everywhere 2017, screenprint, MAGNT Collection © Franck Gohier
Cyclone Tracy 2015 screenprint MAGNT Collection © Franck Gohier
Self portrait as a buffalo hunter 2017 pen and ink MAGNT Collection Photograph: Mitchell Fine Art © Franck Gohier
Nature vs nurture 2015 synthetic polymer paint and found objects on board Collection of Corinne Toune and Toby Robinson © Franck Gohier
The Philip 2006 synthetic polymer paint, metal can, nails and buttons on wood Collection of the artist © Franck Gohier
Poinciana Woman 2012 screenprint MAGNT Collection © Franck Gohier
Lost 2012 screenprint MAGNT Collection © Franck Gohier
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Glenn Barkley is a Sydney-based independent curator and co-founder of The Curators' Department. He was Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Australia between 2008 and 2014 and Curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection from 1996 to 2007. In 2007–08 he was director of the philanthropic Ergas Collection, supporting emerging Australasian artists. Key curatorial projects at the MCA included Tell me tell me: Australian and Korean contemporary art 1976–2011, an exchange exhibition between the MCA and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea. In addition, in 2012, he curated Volume one: MCA Collection, the initial hang of the MCA Collection in the museum's new collection galleries; and co-curated with Lesley Harding Ken Whisson: As if at the MCA and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.
Recent curatorial projects include Overundersidewaysdown, the Australian Ceramics Association biennial exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum (2016), Turn turn turn, a survey of 50 years of the Ceramics Studio tradition at the National Art School, Sydney (2015), and solo exhibitions The daylight moon: Rosalie Gascoigne and Lake George at Goulburn Regional Gallery (2015) and John R Walker: Here I Give Thanks at Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra (2015).
Photograph: MY Media Sydney