is an entwined and layered conversation between the work of contemporary artists Nadia Hernández and Jon Campbell.
This vibrant exhibition is full of life, poetry and feeling and is comprised of paintings, paste-ups, drawings, posters, banners and flags from across the span of their individual practices.
Both artists mobilise the rhythms, harmonies and dissonances of written and pictorial language to deal with experiences of relocation, questions around identity, class, cultural and national value systems. Within this, they offer their voices both in direct political protest and in celebration and critique of everyday life, values and relationships.
For Hernández – born in Mérida, Venezuela, and now based between Melbourne and Sydney – her practice is a way of keeping alive her connection to friends, family and place while calling on the spirit of protest to unsettle the given global disorder that has displaced her and her family.
And for Campbell – born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and growing up in Melbourne's western suburbs – his work is a wryly humourous exploration of the layered and complicated contingencies of the ever-shifting Australian condition as it is embraced, repressed, and rebelled against.
Guided by their approaches to thinking and making and reflecting on their places in the world, both artists' works evidence a warm feeling of inclusion that is fundamentally social in nature.
Image credits - Nadia Hernández De agua de azahar y mantequilla a temperatura ambiente (Of orange blossom water and butter at room temperature) 2021 (detail). Paper cut, 71 x 90 cm (framed). © Nadia Hernández. Jon Campbell The Party 1986. Enamel paint, cottonduck, 180 x 180 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney. © Jon Campbell. Nadia Hernández Como el sol y toda su energía (Like the sun and all its energy) 2020. Wool, cotton, linen, oi stick, acrylic, flashe, ribbon, grommets and rope, dimensions variable. The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia. © Nadia Hernández.