Troy Emery

Sonder

13 February 2021 > 16 May 2021
Tuesday to Sunday > 11AM - 4PM

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Troy Emery’s practice encompasses sculpture, painting, and drawing. Emery’s artwork explores the way that representations of animals can be used as decorative motifs, superficial icons for ecological issues or fetishised objects of adornment and entertainment. Disarmingly vibrant and highly tactile, his sculptures are also elusive and there is a poignance in their faceless disguises.

Emery's new series of silkily draped sculptures, expand his enquiry into the representation of animals, as well as showcasing his highly attuned use of decorative materials, colour and texture.

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IMAGE > [Top] Troy Emery, The last thing you see [installation view], 2021, polyester, polyurethane, adhesive, pins, 77 x 150 x 63cm. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography.
IMAGE > Portrait of Troy Emery. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography. Image courtesy of the artist.



IMAGE > Troy Emery in his studio.
Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography. Image courtesy of the artist
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Emery has presented his work across Australia and internationally since 2003. He has recently held solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ballarat (2019), CRAFT and as part of Dark Mofo (2018). Emery’s work is held in various private and public collections, including NGV, Artbank, City of Townsville, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and Deakin Art Museum.

Emery is represented by Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.
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sonder: n. The realisation that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness— an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk. 1



IMAGE > Troy Emery, The last thing you see [detail], 2021, polyester, polyurethane, adhesive, pins, 77 x 150 x 63cm. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography.

1: This term was coined in 2012 by John Koenig, whose project, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, aims to come up with new words for emotions that currently lack words. This word was inspired by the German word sonder, meaning special, and French word sonder meaning to probe. January 2021


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