Michael Kempson: Work and Play
22 April, 5.30 - 7.30pm
- When 20 Apr - 30 Apr 2017
Red No.1-D, Caochangdi, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100015, China
Presented in association with the prestigious Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and the International Printmaking Alliance, Master Australian printmaker and Convenor of Printmaking at UNSW Art & Design, Michael Kempson's first solo exhibition in China is on display.
Kempson’s longstanding career spans more than three decades, including more than 30 solo exhibitions and more than 200 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. His new show in Beijing, Work and Play, will showcase his sustained interest in the dynamics of globalisation. This survey featuring 64 works, representing his most current themes and interests, offers insight into the trajectory of Kempson’s practice.
Born in South Australia's oldest mining town on the edge of the Flinders Ranges, Kapunda, Kempson has explored themes of Australian national identity and the landscape. His earlier works include representations of recognisable and often iconic objects, such as the hills hoist clothes hanger and backyard fences, positioned on a barren expanses of land.
More recently, Kempson has focused on objects as metaphors. His crushed tin cans explore Australian drinking culture. His empty bottles testify to human consumption and waste. His images of soft toy animals are inverted figures of nation states. Kempson's positioning of objects in grid-formation take the form of a commentary on international power struggles and political brinkmanship.
Work and Play is a detailed survey of Kempson’s examination of human activity in world, including and beyond the borders of Australia.