Sunday, June 03, 2012

Controversy

Four years ago, almost to the day, I was approached by a small Australian company, Legends Rubbers, to adapt images from my Cowboy Babes series to the quirky tin boxes Legends used to package their condoms. The deal didn't work out, even if it did gain the company a degree of attention, thanks to a piece on Gawker.
This month, the tins will be seen, finally, in an exhibition at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, in Victoria, Australia. Curated by Dr. Vivien Gaston, Controversy: The Power Of Art is intended to "explore the social and cultural impact of art through examples that have provoked intense response and controversy", from the late 19th century to the present day, by Australian and international artists working in painting, photography, print-making, video, sculpture, installation and video.
One of my original Cowboy Babes paintings, All Tied Up!, in high gloss enamel on canvas, 100cm x 150 cm, will also be loaned by a private collector to the museum for the period of the show.
Controversy: The Power Of Art
will open on 21st June and runn until 12th August. The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery can be found at Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington, Victoria. For further information, 'phone + 61 3 5975 4395.