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Hope in the Dark

Expect suspended slides and tongue-in-cheek neon works at this exhibition reflecting on a world in lockdown mode.
By Libby Curran
July 02, 2020
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Hope in the Dark

Expect suspended slides and tongue-in-cheek neon works at this exhibition reflecting on a world in lockdown mode.
By Libby Curran
July 02, 2020
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UPDATE: JULY 10, 2020 — The Gertrude Contemporary is temporarily closed to the public, following the latest public health directions from the Victorian Government. Hope in the Dark will continue to be on display as a street-facing exhibition, however in-gallery viewing has been postponed until further notice. For more information, head to the Gertrude Contemporary website.
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With its latest exhibition, Gertrude Contemporary set out to capture the messy, unprecedented craziness 2020 has thrown our way, pulling together a collection of recent works from a lineup of local artists. Titled Hope in the Dark, the show came to life in late-March in an unconventional format — an ever-evolving, street-facing exhibition that could be viewed from outside the Fitzroy gallery's windows.

Now, the venue has announced it'll open its doors from Thursday, July 23, when visitors will be able to catch the show from inside the gallery spaces for the first time. Featuring pieces from names like Amrita Hepi, Sarah Brasier and Kiron Robinson, Hope in the Dark serves up a multi-faceted reflection on a world in lockdown mode. Expect installations embracing ideas of anxiety, confusion and vulnerability, threaded with a much-needed dose of humour — from a weathered playground slide suspended ominously from the ceiling for Lewis Fidock and Joshua Petherick's piece Tongue, to Simon Zoric's tongue-in-cheek neon work.

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Gertrude is reopening 23 July and we can't wait to see you again 🙌 We are pleased to announce the expanded in-gallery viewing of Hope in the Dark, this will include a further evolution of the exhibition with new works added to the interior gallery spaces, expanding the presentation of works in the street-viewable foyer spaces at Gertrude. In-gallery viewing | 23 July - 23 August 2020 Hope in the Dark has taken form since the early onset of the lockdown, and evolved with and in response to the seemingly endless duration of time spent in isolation, reflecting the initial confusion of the threat of the contagion and sudden behavioural restrictions, to the optimism that we are now cautiously emerging into a world once familiar, albeit invariably and irreversibly changed. Image | Hope in the Dark, featuring work by @simonzoric and @darrensylvester at Gertrude Contemporary. Photo Christian Capurro #GertrudeContemporary #HopeintheDark

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