TarraWarra stages Sam Leach solo exhibition - Art Collector

21 November 2011 | Painter Sam Leach is being recognised in a solo exhibition at Victoria’s TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Tarrawarra spokesperson Eliza Ordinans says it is Leach’s first solo project in a public art museum.

Leach was invited by TarraWarra to develop an idea for an exhibition based on the museum’s permanent collection of Australian modernist art. He chose to focus upon the work of the late Ralph Balson and Edwin Tanner, creating a new body of work for the exhibition.

The exhibition also includes four works by Balson and Tanner, three of which are drawn from the museum’s collection.

Explaining his interest in the collection Leach says: “The museum itself is a tool for producing and managing culture. When I looked through the collection, those two artists were the ones whose practice I felt resonated most with my own interests, particularly as Balson and Tanner’s backgrounds in fields other than art seemed to point to a particular way of viewing the world as a system and a construction.”

Sam Leach: The ecstacy of infrastructure continues at the TarraWarra Museum of Art until 4 March 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above: Sam Leach, Dispersion of Animist Components, 2011. Oil and resin on wood, 80 x 80cm. Courtesy: the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf Fine Art, Sydney

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