Elizabeth Newman Untitled (detail) 2019, oil on linen, 40 x 30cm. Image courtesy the artist, Damien Knight Gallery, Sydney, and Neon Parc, Melbourne.

Elizabeth Newman: Is that a ‘No’?

8 September - 21 November 2020

Elizabeth Newman: Is that a ‘No'? surveys 30 years of the career of Australian artist Elizabeth Newman.

Formal structures in the work of Melbourne-based artist Elizabeth Newman (b.1962) resonate and repeat. Newman's paintings, cut-fabric pieces, collages, sculptures and constructions engage with voids and frames, offering encounters between words and wordlessness. This selection spans 30 years, from 1989-2019, and focuses on the way in which negations, disavowals, excisions and certain articulations of space can function throughout art as a type of existential thinking. Newman's creative and linguistic acts include a questioning attitude to art, as well as to the unconscious, which is unruly, which manifests, and finds meaning and likewise a lack of meaning.

Elizabeth Newman Untitled 2016. Oil and tape on linen, 100 x 80cm.
Courtesy the artist, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, and Neon Parc, Melbourne