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Simryn Gill: Gathering

Simryn Gill Untitled 1999-

Simryn Gill | Untitled (detail) 1999- | An ongoing series of gouaches on National Geographic magazine pages from the 1970s | 25.5 x 17.8 cm each (image and sheet) | Collection:The artist | Image courtesy: The artist, BREENSPACE, Sydney and Tracy Williams Ltd, New York | © The artist

Simryn Gill: Gathering

28 August – 17 October 2010 | Galleries 3.5 & 3.6, GoMA

The work of Simryn Gill considers questions of place and history, and how they might intersect with personal and collective experience. Born in Singapore in 1959, Gill lives in Sydney and Port Dickson, Malaysia. Using objects, language and photographs, her work conveys a deep interest in material culture and in the ways that meaning can transform and translate into different contexts. Through the reinterpretation or alteration of existing objects, the photographing of specific locations and the forming of collections, Gill contemplates how ideas and meanings are communicated between people, objects and sites.

'Simryn Gill: Gathering' explores these ideas through a selection of works from the past five years. The exhibition includes key photographic series such as May 2006, Run, and 'My own private Angkor', the book-based installation Paper boats, as well as Garland, a work made from objects collected from beaches in Malaysia and Singapore over almost a decade. Also featured are the two sculptural works Throwback, comprised of truck engine parts formed from various organic materials, and Untitled (interiors), bronze sculptures cast from drought cracks in western New South Wales.

The exhibition also aims to reveal Gill's interest in methods of display, and in the different ways in which people might experience art works. It contains a selection of books, sketches, collections and experimental pieces from the early 1990s to the present, some produced for exhibitions and others never intended as art. Together, they offer an insight into Simryn Gill's artistic processes and her interest in art-making as an active engagement with the world.

Public Programs


1.00pm, Sunday 17 October 2010

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Simryn Gill: Gathering', invited guests boat-people.org will perform an intervention at GoMA. boat-people.org is an art gang that has been making public work together around race, nation, borders and history since 2001. The group's work primarily exists as ephemeral events in cityscapes, but has also appeared in exhibitions around Australia, in the United States and Germany. Maiwar Green, GoMA


11.30am Thursday 9 &  Saturday 25 September

Tour the exhibition with Russell Storer, Curatorial Manager, Asian and Pacific Art.


2.30pm Thursday 23 September

Ruth McDougall, Curatorial Assistant, Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art on sites and histories in Simryn Gill's works Run 2006, Garland 2006, My own private Angkor 2007 ongoing and Carbon Copies 1998.


From 1.00pm Sunday 3 October, River Lounge, GoMA Simryn Gill has invited local artist Martin Smith to present an exciting workshop for all ages exploring personal memories and histories through the process of art-making. Free | No bookings necessary.

Selected works

'Pearls' 1999–ongoing | Looking for Marcel 2005 | Run 2006 | 'My own private Angkor' 2007–ongoing | Throwback 2007 | Untitled (interiors) 2008


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'Simryn Gill: Gathering' has been organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art
Aus Gov Visions of Aus
This exhibition is supported by Visions of Australia, an Australian Government program and the Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.