5 Photo-Based Artists. Ausin Tung Gallery in Melbourne

Recent work by Maree Azzopardi, Paul Ferman, Renato Grome, John McRae and William Yang

This group exhibition at the new Ausin Tung Gallery in Melbourne, focuses on recent work by five established Australian artists, each with a strong international profile. Maree Azzopardi, Paul Ferman, Renato Grome, John McRae and William Yang are linked by their ability to infuse photography with a clear spiritual quality. Each artist uses the medium of photography as an elementary part of their work, but incorporating different methods, techniques and symbols. They utilise both traditional and digital photography, in colour and black-and-white. They print on glossy paper and cotton rag, with handwritten texts scratched into the surface of some images, or collage and paint applied to others. Their imagery is manipulated using methods which are simultaneously hands-on and hi-tech. This clearly reveals that photography remains a medium characterized by invention.


William Yang

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Maree Azzopardi

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Renato Grome

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Paul Ferman

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John McRae

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Over the past 15 years, each of these artists has exhibited extensively in Italy, in group and solo shows organized by such curators as Achille Bonito Oliva, Francesca Pietracchi, Viviana Gravana, Tristan Koenig, Angelo Capasso, Rosetta Gozzini and Shara Wasserman, in such galleries as Il Ponte Contemporanea (Roma), LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea (Trieste), Galleria 03 (Orvieto), Studio d’Arte Contemporanea Pino Casagrande (Roma), Interno Ventidue (Roma), Spazio ex-Deco (Teramo) and Gallery Bencivart (Pesaro). Their works have also been seen in public exhibitions in institutions including the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Roma), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Gallese), at the Ravello Festival and in art fairs in Milano the truth about proenhance, Bologna, Torino, Roma and Napoli.

This dynamic show of 5 PHOTO-BASED ARTISTS at Ausin Tung Gallery has been organized in collaboration with Australia China Art Foundation (ACAF). It includes several direct Chinese references. Alongside William Yang’s self-portraits and other photographs documenting his journeys to China to visit the home province of his maternal grandfather, Renato Grome’s optical illusions include cityscapes of bustling Shanghai. Meanwhile, John McRae has focused his lens on Matt Mitcham, the gold medal-winning diver in the 10-metre platform event at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In the style of pre-war Hollywood glamour shots, McRae portrays the changing moods of an athlete who is now conversely supported by a China-based fan-club, in the lead-up to the Summer Olympics in London .

Despite their mixed heritage providing a cocktail of Australian, Maltese, Italian, English, Scottish, German and Chinese origins, the five artists form an unofficial band of image-making, image-breaking protagonists, having previously shared shows in different configurations in Australia, Italy and beyond. Together they represent a panorama of the creative scope of photography today. Proving our commitment to border-crossing enterprises and the innovative use of new media, this feature published in Italy by genius-online functions as the unofficial catalogue to the exhibition of 5 PHOTO-BASED ARTISTS – a show in Australia organized by a Rome-based curator for a China-oriented art foundation and promoted by a web-magazine in Trieste. Welcome to the new world.


Exhibition Dates: Wednesday 14/03/12 – Saturday 21/04/12

Opening: Wednesday 14th March 2012, 6-8pm

Artists: Maree Azzopardi, Paul Ferman, Renato Grome, John McRae, William Yang Curator: Jonathan Turner