2018 Exhibitions


06 February – 17 March 2018

Infrastructuralism exhibition at the LAI.

Agatha Gothe Snape, Carolyn Eskdale, Helen Grogan, Jessie Bullivant, Shannon Lyons

Infrastructuralism exhibition at the LAI.

The gallery is more than a frame. More than an architectural setting.

In Infrastructuralism, five artists produce and deliver work that ingratiates itself inside the physical system of the gallery. The exhibition exposes the hidden, neglected or secretive support structures that serve as platforms for the presentation of art objects.

Presented across all spaces at LAI, the artworks marry humour with material awareness in a playful incursion into the nature of our cultural organisations. All the various facets that go into making up architecture, display, function and administration are brought into play.

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018


04 April – 13 May 2018

Jon Cattpan & Aitken exhibition at the LAI.

Jon Cattapan + Ben Aitken, The Ryan Sisters

Collaboratory is a series of exhibitions that LAI will present biennially.

The series will present projects that provide new ways of understanding the relationships inherent in these working partnerships; the impact such practices have on medium and process; and the ways in which audience and infrastructure are engaged.

Collaboratory exhibitions at the LAI.

Renowned artist Jon Cattapan and emerging artist Ben Aitken recently began working together on a series of paintings.

Cattapan is also an art school Professor, while Aitken is largely self-trained, avoiding the standard pathway of tertiary art school education. Both artists exhibit regularly and produce a prolific output of work.

The nature of the implied mentorship framework set up in this partnership is interesting for its insight into collaboration. As is the way the inherent characteristics of their practices interact on the level playing field of unified canvas size.

Artists Pip Ryan and Natalie Ryan work individually and as a collaboration. This familial partnership offers ways of understanding how siblings might work together and how intimate relationships might affect and infuse collaborative efforts.

They explore ideas that are associated with humour, horror, death and the absurd. Using a combination of spatial installation and intervention, they reference these themes while playing with dualities that exist between the merging of their identities.

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018


29 June – 07 July 2018

Miwatj exhibition at the LAI.

Featuring work from the La Trobe University Collection works from North-East Arnhem Land.

Miwatj, meaning ‘morning side’ and refers to the furthest Eastern side of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Miwatj references the geographical location of North-East Arnhem Land, and a group of Yolgnu artists from this area, but also refers to these artists as founding artists within their various clan groups, many of whom contributed to broader political and land rights movements that began in Arnhem Land.

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018

The Grammar of Glitch

24 July – 01 September 2018

Grammar of Glitch exhibition at the LAI

Antonia Sellbach, James Little, Katie Paine, Michael Georgetti, Paul Kaptein, Ross Taylor

Grammar of Glitch exhibition at the LAI

In evolutionary biology it is the mutation that drives changes in the system to help it adapt to changing environmental circumstances. Some errors and mistakes are the answers to problems that are often unseen.

The Grammar of Glitch takes a look into the way in which the language of this process finds its way into artwork. Whether through fragmentation of the visual field in landscape drawings or the distorted forms of the sculptural figure, this exhibition offers ways of understanding how glitches in systemic regularity can find productive creative ends.

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018

Artivisms Now

18 September – 27 October 2018

Acrtivisims Now exhibition at the LAI.

Caroline Garcia, Parallel Park, Pierra Van Sparkes, Xanthe Dobbie

Curator, Brigid Hansen

Brigid Hansen is the inaugural recipient of LAI’s new initiative – the Emerging Curators Program. Hansen was selected from thirty-two application received from across four states and was given resources, mentorship support and the freedom to conceive, develop and present an exhibition of her own design.

Artivisms Now is the outcome of her research into marginalised voices, queer issues and humour in contemporary Australian art.

She has drawn widely from the national arts ecology and brought together four emerging talents who use a variety of media, and presented their work in the gallery with careful consideration for exhibition design.

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018

Chart Form

18 September – 28 October 2018

Chart Form exhibition at the LAI

Ashley Mariani, Dylan Martorell, Sean Hogan, Yuria Okamura

Chart Form exhibition at the LAI

Chart Form celebrates a data aesthetic and the visual language used to communicate information.

Presenting the work of four artists whose work evokes flow charts and process maps, the exhibition offers ways of understanding implied meaning generated by formalist tropes.

Working with the styles, geometry, measurements and connective lines of graphic language imbues these works with a sense of imparted knowledge.

There is the feeling that the creators have processed information with a view to sharing that with an audience, making them conduit, interlocutor and translator.

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018

Subject / Object

10 October – 27 October 2018

Subject / Object exhibition at the LAI.

Damon Moon

Developed by Shepparton Art Museum in partnership with Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute, artist Damon Moon presents a series of exhibitions that respond to these unique Victorian regional collections and spaces.

Subject / Object exhibition at the LAI.

Moon has selected collections of vessels or pots that are specific to each institution, history and context. Using slip cast multiples and repetitive forms, Moon explores the subtle shifts in technique and materiality between his work and the selected ceramics.

He offers a form of object-based conversation between his own ceramics works and works from each Collection selected to reflect on each place’s history of art and industry.

These inspirations include the utilitarian vessels of early Chinese migrants; domestic-ware made by Bendigo Pottery; and a series of works selected to respond to a building’s architecture. Damon Moon

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018

Support Structure

13 November – 23 December 2018

Support Structure exhibition at the LAI.

Emma Coulter, Jake Walker, Louise Blyton, Mumu Mike Williams, Sam Martin

Support Structure exhibition at the LAI.

For some time there has been a push to recognise the objectness of painting –to acknowledge that two-dimensional pictures rendered on surfaces of canvas and board are something more than planar images.

After all, the materials required to produce a painting are three-dimensional liquids, cloths, timbers and powders. So it’s fair to make a case that paintings are sculptural objects to some extent. They are not sculptures, but they are in some sense sculptural.

Support Structure assembles the work of artists who paint in a sculptural way. Acknowledging the physicality of paintings these artists produce artwork that blurs the boundary between media and offers ways of rethinking the nature of contemporary painting.

Support Structure exhibition at the LAI.

Installation images by Ian Hill, 2018