Presented in conjunction with the 2017 Perth International Arts Festival, The Art of Trying to Control Flowers is a new exhibition by Scottish-born, New South Wales-based artist Joan Ross.
Working across sculpture, video, wallpaper, and installation, Ross uses her characteristic wit to critically re-examine the sins of Australia’s colonial past. Appropriating visual imagery from hi-vis culture, RSL clubs, colonial painting, and white techno-suburbia, The Art of Trying to Control Flowers re-frames Australia’s colonial narrative as a lurid and absurd fantasy, and provokes a questioning of our collective relationship with both history and with the environment.
Exhibition opens on Friday 10 February from 6-10pm. Show then runs 11 February to 25 March with the gallery open 7-4 Mon-Fri, 10-3 Sat and 11-4 Sun. Entry is free.
Not a $tone unturned, 2015
Handpainted digital print
Courtesy the Artist and Michael Reid Gallery