Traverse literature and sculpture in The Garden, a new immersive exhibition by Julia McInerney, 2017 winner of SALA Festival’s major contemporary art award.
Building on McInerney’s celebrated previous works, the exhibition expands on her interest in translation between text and material forms, as well as the symbolic significance of the apple. The Garden comprises new photographic works, hand-carved Applewood sculptures, and a large-scale floor installation of hand-cast concrete tiles, all ordered and contained in a monochromatic vista.
Through her ongoing interest in studies of literature and reading, McInerney approaches Walter Benjamin’s idea of ‘reading oneself backwards’ in The Garden. How can our recollection of past events inform our present and future experiences?
The Garden is one of two ACE Open South Australian Artist Commissions for 2018, alongside Gerry Wedd’s SONGS FOR A ROOM.
JULIA MCINERNEY (born 1989, Adelaide) lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. Recent exhibitions include Archipelago, Greenaway Art Gallery; Guirguis New Art Prize 2017, Post Office Gallery Ballarat; 2016 TarraWarra Biennial: Endless Circulation, TarraWarra Museum of Art; CACSA Contemporary 2015, Greenaway Art Gallery; Eden Eden Eden, MOP Projects; and Daughters of Chaos, Deleuze Studies International Conference, Konstfack University College of Arts and Crafts. Julia was the recipient of the 2017 SALA Contemporary Art Prize, the 2015 Ruth Tuck Scholarship for Visual Arts and the 2015 Adelaide Critics Circle Emerging Artist Award. Julia is represented by GAGPROJECTS | Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide/Berlin.