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MOST SIGNIFICANT EXHIBITION OF MONA RYDER’S WORK IN BRISBANE IN 10 YEARS

Press release November 5, 2018

artisan is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of Mona Ryder Lone Star, the most significant solo exhibition by artist Mona Ryder in Brisbane in over 10 years.

Mona Ryder (b.1945, Brisbane) is nationally and internationally respected, and one of Australia’s most recognisable and evocative artists.
 
For almost half a century, Ryder has challenged audiences with her unique visual language and unmistakable explorations into relationships, memory and gendered rituals.
 
Mona Ryder Lone Star opens at artisan on Friday 16 November and will run until 16 February 2019, giving residents and visitors to southeast Queensland the rare opportunity to explore Ryder’s deeply immersive installations.
 
With a mix of primarily new and never-previously-exhibited works, the exhibition continues Ryder’s decades-long consideration of themes from day-to-day life, such as motherhood, marriage, birth and rituals of domesticity, alongside a sense of foreboding and bereavement.
 
Almost every material Ryder uses has either a prior history, or a utility separate to the re-purposing she applies. Mussel shells, human hair, vintage chairs, shoes and burned toast are presented as fragmented memories of life, love and loss.
 
There are common materials across Ryder’s work, but the meaning shifts, depending on the context. All are reinterpreted and then opened for even further interpretation. As the artist explains, ‘viewers are encouraged to create their own associations of the work and take something away for themselves’.
 
Speaking from new premises on King Street in Bowen Hills, artisan CEO Claire Sourgnes said Mona Ryder Lone Star is a true and timely celebration of the artist’s prodigious talent.
 
“artisan is delighted to present Mona Ryder Lone Star, the most significant exhibition of Mona Ryder’s work in Brisbane in more than a decade,” said Ms. Sourgnes. “Few artists produce work as evocative and that elicit memory like Mona Ryder.”
 
“This extraordinary exhibition is an acknowledgement of Mona’s exceptional visual vernacular and her importance in contemporary Australian art. artisan is honoured to be presenting the exhibition.”
 
Mona Ryder Lone Star opens at artisan at 6pm on 16 November and will run until 16 February 2019. Admission is free.
 
A limited edition exhibition book, comprising an in-depth essay and Q&A with Mona Ryder, will be available for purchase from artisan. Each book will be embellished by the artist. Forward orders are recommended through artisan.
 
For more information about Mona Ryder Lone Star visit www.artisan.org.au.
 
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ORGANISATION

artisan is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary craft and design practice for both makers and their audiences. artisan began its legacy in 1970 and has, for almost 50 years, been the home of craft and design in Queensland.
 
LOCATION
artisan’s new home in the Brisbane Showgrounds precinct.
artisan, 45 King Street, Bowen Hills Q 4006

OPENING HOURS
Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5pm Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Free admission

CONNECT WITH ARTISAN
www.facebook.com/artisanqld 
www.instagram.com/artisanqld

MEDIA CONTACT
For further information, interviews and images contact: Bernadette Pilling bernadette@houseofcommunications.com.au
0450 324 332
 
EXHIBITION BOOK

A limited edition exhibition book is to be available for purchase from the artisan store.

The book comprises an in-depth essay, exhibition photography and Q&A with Mona Ryder. Each book will be embellished by the artist. Forward orders are recommended through artisan.

Price: $25 or $50 with embellishment by the artist. 
ISBN 978-0-6484548-1-6
Published by artisan, Craft Queensland 2018 
Limited edition publication, 200 copies

Text by Cassandra Lehman, 2018
Photographs by Don Hildred and Cassandra Lehman, 2018
 
EXHIBITION EVENTS

MEDIA EVENT - PREVIEW
5pm, Friday 16 November
RSVP to attend: http://bit.ly/MediaEventMonaRyder

EXHIBITION OPENING PARTY
6pm, Friday 16 November
RSVP to attend: http://bit.ly/MonaRyderOpeningParty 

IN CONVERSATION
Mona Ryder in conversation with Cassandra Lehman 10:30 – 11:30am, Saturday 17 November
Meet in the artisan gallery at 10am

CURATOR’S TOUR
12:30 – 1pm, Thursday 22 November Meet in the artisan gallery at 12:30pm
 
MEDIA IMAGES

IMAGES
Exhibition images and image credits can be downloaded from: http://bit.ly/MonaRyder 

CONDITIONS
Images are provided for media use only in relation to the Mona Ryder Lone Star exhibition. Images must be accompanied by the captions provided in the image file names. It is not permitted to crop, adapt or overlay any images.
 
ABOUT THE ARTIST

Mona Ryder lives and works in southeast Queensland.

Born in Brisbane in 1945, the artist grew up at Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast.

A practising artist for nearly half a century, Ryder is known for her paintings, prints, sculptures and installations.

In 1980, Ryder received an Associate Diploma of Visual Arts from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Kelvin Grove) and completed a B.A. in Visual Arts at QUT in 1991.

Ryder has lectured and tutored in print making, drawing and sculpture at universities around the country, including QUT, Curtain University, Griffith University and the Queensland College of Art.

The artist is the recipient of numerous industry awards including an Australia Council residency in Rome in 2014.

Ryder’s works are held in national and international collections, including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; British Library, United Kingdom; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Canada.

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