Experience the art of surrealism in latest Caloundra Regional Gallery exhibition

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Michelle Nikou, Sylvia’s Jumper 2013, wool, cement, wood, 20 x 120 x 80cm. Courtesy the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. Photograph: Sam Roberts.

Visit Caloundra Regional Gallery from today (December 7) to explore the latest touring exhibition from Heide Museum of Modern Art, one of Australia’s leading art museums, featuring works by contemporary Australian artist Michelle Nikou.

In the a e i o u exhibition, the Adelaide-based artist draws on surrealism in a reflective and productive way to transform mundane domestic objects and materials into sculptures of humour and marvel.

In this exhibition of new and recent work, Nikou utilises surrealist strategies such as chance, psychological metaphor, deadpan wit and juxtaposition, and inventively mingles high and low art sources and cultural references.

Her work intentionally blurs and extends the boundaries between fine art and craft and often invests unremarkable or overlooked facets of daily existence with new and unexpected significance.

Nikou’s practice is also characterised by a deep engagement with language and she forges connections between art and literature that invoke suburban life, family interactions and food.

Seemingly disparate concepts and materials are regularly combined to produce unsettling and sometimes absurd effects, such as the fried eggs made in bronze that lend the exhibition its title, the flattened egg forms suggesting the vowels of the alphabet.

As a result of imaginative exploration, Nikou has evolved a distinctive visual vocabulary and sophisticated practice with a strong conceptual basis in its play of poetics, aesthetics and forms.

The exhibition is on display until Sunday, January 28, 2018.

Curated by Melissa Keys and Kendrah Morgan, Michelle Nikou: a e i o u is a touring exhibition from Heide Museum of Modern Art, in partnership with NETS Victoria.

For more details on all of the exhibitions, programs and workshops held at the gallery visit the gallery website – gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au
You can also follow Caloundra Regional Gallery on Facebook and Instagram.
Owned and operated by Sunshine Coast Council, Caloundra Regional Gallery is located at 22 Omrah Avenue and is open Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm and Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm.
About the artist
Nikou was born in Adelaide to European émigré parents, and grew up in rural South Australia. In the late 1980s she studied ceramics at the University of South Australia and over the next decade extended her practice to encompass sculpture and jewellery before completing a Master of Visual Arts in 2005. Nikou’s work is held in private and public collections in Australia and oversea including the National Gallery of Australia, and the Museum of Sydney.

 
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