Local and international artists discuss their works on display with NGV curator Pip Wallis. Following the discussion, members are invited to meet the artists over breakfast in the Members Lounge.
Shilpa Gupta is regarded as one of the most outstanding artists of her generation in India, and has participated in numerous notable international exhibitions including her shared national representation of India-Pakistan at the Venice Biennale in 2015, the Younger Than Jesus Triennial at the New Museum, New York in 2009 and biennales in Lyon, 2009; Gwangju, 2008; and Sydney, 2006, among others. Untitled (Rock) 2012–15 showing at the NGV Triennial is a major new work by Shilpa Gupta fusing thousands of microphones into an ominous, black, amorphous mass. The installation is accompanied by a multi-channel audio work emitting choral and spoken performance of a poem written by Gupta imagining a world in which people are free to move without borders.
Riley Payne is an Australian artist working in New York. His graphite drawings are photo-realist in their meticulous rendering of objects and textures. The three drawings exhibited in the NGV Triennial contain areas of unmarked negative space that disrupt each image by drawing attention to the materiality of the exposed paper and the artifice of the picture. In 2011, Payne was a finalist in the RBS Emerging Artist Award, and in 2014 he held an Artspace residency in Sydney. Payne has held six solo exhibitions since 2008; his most recent show Rub was Payne’s debut exhibition at Tolarno Galleries. Since 2015, Payne has lived and worked in New York.
Alexandra Kehayoglou is an emerging artist and designer who hails from a family of carpet makers in Buenos Aires. Plying the family trade in the service of her work, Kehayoglou hand-tufts wool rugs in a process that takes several months to complete. Commissioned and acquired by the NGV, Kehayoglou’s major new work will premiere at the NGV Triennial. Santa Cruz River 2016–17 will immerse viewers in a lavish interior installation of hand-tufted rug and tapestry.
Pip Wallis is Curator of Contemporary Art at the NGV. Prior to joining the NGV, Pip was Curator in Residence at Chisenhale Gallery London, Associate Editor at X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal Los Angeles, and Curator at Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne.