Steaphan Paton: The Australian Inquisition at Gertrude Glasshouse

Friday 12 April 2019 - Saturday 18 May 2019

Steaphan Paton, The Onus of Proof, steel and clear gesso, 2019, 183 x 60 x 90 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Station, Melbourne.

Steaphan Paton’s practice has garnered much critical attention in recent years for his interrogation of governmental forms of control that entrench and amplify the impacts of colonialism, as well as his interest in resurging traditional modes and practices of cultural production. For his solo presentation at Glasshouse, Paton continues his practice of entwining media to create environments that offer glimpseof the journey between process and outcome, presenting through an environment of sculpture and multi-channel video. The Australian Inquisition utilises heavyweight steel piping of the kind used in major water or oil distribution as sculptural armatures from which patternised shield-like elements have been extracted. Removed of their functionality to transport resources, the pipes mimic the forms of barks traditionally used in the production of shields, while also resembling some kind of foreign body archeologically excavated and presented as an obscure object of indiscernible origin and function.  Looking upon these metallic barks or recently unearthed apparatus, a cinematic journey though landscape unfolds, offering both avisualistic sense of flow and momentum, as well as a contextual cue of historical cultural trajectory.

Steaphan Paton (Gunai and Monero Peoples, Gippsland / South East New South Wales) lives and works in Melbourne. Selected recent solo exhibitions includeGunailand, Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria (2018); My Jindabyne II, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne (2018); Muraskin, Tristian Koenig, Melbourne (2017); Contrecoup, COMA Gallery, Sydney (2017); Doublethink, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2016): Faunaface, Space Space Gallery, Tokyo (2015); and Boorun’s Canoe (with Cam Cope), Birrarung Gallery, Bunjilaka, Melbourne Museum (2015). Selected recent group exhibitions include Jack’s Reloaded: Material as Memory, Jack’s Magazine, Melbourne (2019); Gertrude Studios 2018, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2018), Weapons for the Soldier, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Sydney (2018); Colony: Frontier Wars, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2018); Sovereignty, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016); Murruwaygu, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2015); Moving Backwards into the Future, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2015); Primavera 2015,  Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013).

Gertrude Glasshouse is generously supported by Michael Schwarz and David Clouston. 

The 2019 Gertrude Glasshouse Program is supported by the City of Yarra.

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Date and time:
Thursday-Saturday 12pm - 6pm
Friday 12 April 2019 - Saturday 18 May 2019

Gertrude Glasshouse, 44 Glasshouse Road Collingwood