Exhibition and Artist Talk Program at Monash Faculty Gallery | Arlo Mountford, Sonia Leber and Adam Cruickshank

The Faculty Gallery at Monash University Artist Talk Program will feature Arlo Mountford, Sonia Leber and Adam Cruickshank as part of its current exhibition ‘The Social Life of Things’ curated by Alicia Renew.

‘The Social Life of Things’ is an exhibition featuring works by five Melbourne-based artists whose work focuses on how ‘things’ (both physical and theoretical) circulate through our lives and how they illuminate and drive human experience. This series of talks will look at each artists practice from inception to completion and finish with a Q&A.

Artist Talk Program (details below)

Arlo Mountford: Wednesday 8 August 2pm

Sonia Leber: Friday 10 August 12pm

Adam Cruickshank: Monday 20 August 5pm

Groups welcome. Exhibition and Artist Talk Program Free

Enquires: Alicia.Renew@monash.edu


Wednesday 8th August at the Faculty Gallery

“Mountford’s new work uses digital animation to ‘dive into the myths, spectacles, icons and farces of art history. Veering from parody to reverence, he playfully critiques and celebrates the art world.” – Lauren Reid

Arlo Mountford is a Melbourne based Artist, who has exhibited regularly since finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002. In 2003 he took up a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces. Arlo has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Unguided Tours, Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of NSW (2011), 21st Century: Art in the First Decade, QAG (2011), New Acquisitions in Context, MCA (2011), NEW010 ACCA (2010), ShContemporary: Best of Discovery Asia Pacific Contemporary Art Fair, Shanghai (2008), Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (2008), Heide Museum of Modern Art (2008) and Adelaide Biennial (2006). Arlo’s most recent solo exhibitions have been at La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2011), Shepparton Regional Gallery (2010), Centre of Contemporary Photography (2009), The Art Centre Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand (2009), Conical (2008) and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (2007). In 2007 Arlo was awarded the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award and completed a residency at the Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, Netherlands. In 2012 Arlo travelled to Tokyo, Japan as a participant of the Australia Council for the Arts Studio Residency program.

Arlo Mountford is represented by Sutton Gallery


Friday 10th August 12pm at the Faculty Gallery 

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth are a Melbourne-based collaborative duo that work across sound, video and installation art. Their sound-based installations transform public sites into zones of exploration and discovery, with visitors left to navigate their way though the physical space and the dense compositions of sonic elements. These are immersive works that envelop the viewer and blur the distinctions between observing and being observed. At times confronting and disorientating, Leber and Chesworth’s work uncovers a portal to the phantasmagorical, hidden amongst the everyday.

Sonia Leber and David Chesworth’s recent solo exhibitions include The Way You Move Me (Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne 2012), Space-Shifter (Detached / MONA FOMA, Hobart, 2012), Richter/Meinhof-Opera (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2012), Space-Shifter (Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2011), Richter/Meinhof-Opera (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2010) and Space-Shifter (Conical, Melbourne 2009). Recent group exhibitions include Spaced: Art Out of Place (Fremantle Arts Centre, 2012), Animal/Human (UQ Art Museum, Brisbane 2012), Stealing the Senses (Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand 2011) and In camera and in public (Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2011). Their large sound and structure project, Almost Always Everywhere Apparent, was a major solo exhibition at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne in 2007.

Project webpage: www.waxsm.com.au/moveme.htm

Sonia Leber & David Chesworth are represented by Fehily Contemporary


Monday 20th August 5pm at the Lecture Theatre opposite the Faculty Gallery

Adam Cruickshank is an artist currently living and working in Melbourne. He has also lived and worked in Brisbane, Sydney, London, Berlin, Port Moresby, Malaysia and The Netherlands. He has exhibited internationally and nationally, particularly in Melbourne. He is a current post-graduate candidate and sessional lecturer at Monash University.

Disappeared Remains is a current body of work which explores notions of liminality with a focus on the desecration of the Buddhas of Bamiyan by the Taliban in March 2001. Cruickshank will discuss his design and art practice in the Lecture Theatre (G1.04) opposite the Faculty Gallery and finish with a Q&A in the gallery.


Adam Cruickshank, Nathan Gray, Arlo Mountford, Sonia Leber and David Chesworth

Curated by Alicia Renew

25 July – 1 September | Entry Free

Faculty Gallery Faculty of Art & Design, Art & Design Building, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East

Website http://www.artdes.monash.edu.au/gallery/