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John Meade: It's Personal!

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John Meade: It's Personal!

2 Dec 2023 – 17 Mar 2024

Through sculpture, video, and installation, John Meade draws relations between the metaphysical and surreal in the experience of contemporary life and culture. A refined and adventurous materiality defines his work, through sensuous forms and unexpected juxtapositions inflected by the erotic and uncanny.

John Meade: It’s Personal! is curated to reflect various personal threads in Meade’s work relating to alterity, including queer culture, politics, and artistic experimentation. It’s Personal! is a reflection on some of the psychological and societal drivers that have informed Meade’s life and art. The title refers to the way personal subjectivity shapes the sculptures Meade creates, and references Carol Hanisch’s seminal essay from 1970, ‘The Personal is Political’, which outlines the pragmatism of women coming together to share their personal experience as a basis for collective action.

The exhibition will feature three large new works exploring abstract form alongside key sculptures from three decades of Meade’s practice, installed across three expansive gallery spaces and outdoors at McClelland. The exhibition will coincide with Meade’s major public sculpture Love Flower (2019) being installed at McClelland as part of the Southern Way McClelland Commissions.

Image: John Meade, The Puschelhockers 2018 (detail), fur, steel, acrylic paint, metallic screen print ink, hairclips, dimensions variable. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Photo Andrew Browne.

Gallery Details

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery 
390 McClelland Drive 
Langwarrin VIC 3910
T: 03 9789 1671
W: mcclelland.org.au

Sculpture Park and Gallery hours

Wednesday to Sunday: 10am -5pm
No entrance after 4:30pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 4pm

24-25 December
31 December – 1 January
Good Friday

General admission tickets are $6.
Frankston City residents, children under 18, McClelland Members and Circle Donors are granted free entry to McClelland.

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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.