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David Noonan: Only when it’s cloudless

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An art gallery with a large rectangular artwork standing in the middle of the room, the artwork has six panels showing a black background, yellow swirls and the shape of a bird flying in white. To the left of the photograph is a window with a view of a rock wall, winery and hills in the distance.

David Noonan: Only when it’s cloudless

24 Mar 2022 - 16 Jul 2022

TarraWarra Museum of Art presents a major new exhibition, Only when it’s cloudless, by one of Australia’s most successful contemporary artists, David Noonan.

Haunting, uncanny and enigmatic, Only when it’s cloudless presents predominantly new works including a major new sculptural installation; the artist’s first 16mm film since 2001 with a score by the acclaimed Australian musician Warren Ellis; two major new tapestries; and several new collages on linen.

The exhibition also includes significant loans from the Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Ballarat, and private collections.

Curated by TarraWarra Director, Victoria Lynn, in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition is conceived as a single installation.

As a collagist, Noonan is renowned for his imaginative incorporation and recombination of found imagery —ranging across dance, theatre, sub-cultures, abstract art and everyday scenes. This is an art of juxtaposition, where one world can rub up against another, triggering memories and feelings within the viewer.

In this exhibition Noonan juxtaposes figures from both eastern and western theatrical traditions, contemporary performances, as well as fragments from popular subcultures and social media sites. The figures often appear to be caught ‘off guard’, accidentally captured during moments of quiet and intimate introspection. They possess an uncanny quality that sits somewhere between being themselves and being ‘on display’. Caught in this transformation from one state to another, they appear to be ‘outside’ conventional behavioural patterns. Archival images hover and drift in a liminal space.

Only when it’s cloudless (the title of the major installation in the exhibition) is adapted from Yoshida Kenkō, Essays in Idleness: The Tsurezuregusa of Kenkō. The 14th century Japanese Buddhist monk offers the observation that we should be more mindful of our present moment, and not look at the moon ‘only when it is cloudless’.

Image: David Noonan, Mnemosyne 2021, installation view, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2022. Courtesy of the artist and Modern Art, London. Photo: Christian Capurro

Gallery Details

TarraWarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road
Healesville VIC 3777
T: 03 5957 3100
E: museum@twma.com.au
W: twma.com.au

Opening Hours
Open Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Open 7 days a week from Boxing Day to Australia Day
Open all public holidays except Christmas Day

Admission
$10 Adults
$8 Seniors card holders
$5 Pensioners, concession & students
Children under 12 free

Wednesdays – free for 3777 and 3775 postcodes (Yarra Glen, Healesville & surrounds), students, pensioners and concession card holders

Admission is free for CIMAM and ICOM card-carrying members

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Gallery Info

The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.