Michael Porter is showing the work he completed during his residency at Q Bank Gallery in Queenstown at Marfa Gallery in Abbotsford, Melbourne. Opening on 18th May, 4pm to 9pm at 288 Johnston St, Abbotsford. For sales enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibition will also be open 2-6pm on Saturday and Sunday (19th & 20th May).
“Sulfur Burn” by Michael Porter was inspired by Queenstown, Tasmania. The earth in this area has been mined for copper since the 19th-century, and its smelting produced sulfurous fumes scorching the landscape. Nevertheless, there’s beauty in the brutality of the burnt landscape, which Michael draws upon in these provocative pieces. The work is introspective and mischievous, taking the term ‘art wank’ literally as he battles with the commercialisation of his work. Like all of his paintings and sculptures, it is introspective and externalises characteristics of his masculine and feminine sides. The strain Michael experiences with the self is apparent and the viewer is left with an epitaph for the darkness of our condition, where beauty can be discovered in the grotesque.