Jeremy Eaton (left), Contrapposto Frame, 2023, installation view. Photo Christian Capurro. Nicholas Smith (right), Decorator’s Touch, 2023, Installation view. Photo Jenni Carter.
Nicholas Smith, decorators touch, 2023, installation view at MCA.
Jeremy Eaton, Fairy, 2023, installation view at The Pavilion, Fitzroy Gardens.
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fruits, flowers, and a psychoscape

20 April 2024 - 23 June 2024

Curator:

Artist(s): Jeremy Eaton & Nicholas Smith

Location: The Atrium

This exhibition brings together the work of artists Jeremy Eaton and Nicholas Smith. This collaboration draws together the artists’ joint exploration of historically codified queer sensibilities that pervaded the Australian Modernism movement. 

Nicholas’ artwork responds to 20th century Modernist painter Adrian Feint, whose collection of floral still life paintings are expanded and restaged through sculptural assemblage.  

Jeremy’s artworks emerge from historical and archival research related to Australian artist, poet and critic James Gleeson. Jeremy explores the connections that emerge between historical silence, moments of private intimacy and institutional repression through installations comprising of narrative texts, re-constructed objects, and fantastical images.  

fruits, flowers and a psychoscape intersects the queer pleasures and emotional resonances implicit in both of the artists’ practices. 

Jeremy Eaton

Jeremy Eaton is an artist, writer, curator and works in arts publishing. Over the last five years Eaton has been concerned with exploring various underrepresented homosocial histories to develop print, sculptural, drawing and text-based artworks, which form poetic and material relations between the past and now. Engaging with cinema, literature, art history and social history, Eaton maps potential subtexts that pervade repeated gestures, correlative material use across design and art, and the queer contexts that underpin these relationships. Eaton has presented solo exhibitions at Bundoora Homestead, BUS Projects and West Space and has been included in group exhibitions at LON Gallery, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Sarah Scout Presents, Dominik Mersch Gallery and CAVES.

 

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith investigates queerness, sexuality, identity and memory in his works, often employing diverse media including ceramics and found materials. In 2019, Smith was awarded the American Friends of the National Gallery of Australia AusArt Fellowship and in 2022, completed a Masters of Fine Art, Visual Art at ArtCenter College of Design, Los Angeles. Smith’s works have been featured in recent exhibitions including Queer: Stories from The NGV Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2022); Future Inheritance, NGV Design Week, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2021); Cooled pride, roused ardour, Bus Projects, Melbourne (2018); Swaddle me, West Space, Melbourne (2017); and I am crying, Firstdraft, Sydney (2017). In 2019, Smith was a finalist in the Midsumma and Australia Post Prize, Melbourne, and in 2016, was a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize, Melbourne.

Friday, 19 April, 6-8pm

The opening night, with speeches and a Welcome to Country, will be held at Incinerator Gallery alongside exhibitions The light draws along… and All these eyes were mine.

Artist Talk

Saturday, 4 May, 2pm
Free—Registrations recommended

Join artists Jeremy Eaton and Nicholas Smith in-conversation as they discuss their concurrent interests and the site-specific installation at Incinerator Gallery.