Works reflecting on the intersection of art and activism by one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Raquel Ormella, will be exhibiting at Horsham Regional Art Gallery in its second iteration from 13 October – 9 December 2018.
Raquel Ormella employs a wide variety of media, including video, painting, installation, drawing, textile, paintings and zine production. ‘I hope you get this’ features some of her seminal early works alongside more recent textile and text-based works, and new commissions. The exhibition reveals Ormella’s experimental relationship with textiles and a playful exploration of semiotics, critical hallmarks of her sustained practice. I hope you get this is the artist’s first major survey exhibition.
Curated by Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Director Dr Rebecca Coates and SAM Senior Curator Anna Briers, the survey exhibition features four significant bodies of work within the artist’s oeuvre. This exhibition was supported by NETS Victoria’s Exhibition Development Fund, with Horsham Regional Gallery being the second regional gallery to exhibit I hope you get this in a two-year regional tour.
NETS Victoria Director Mardi Nowak said: “I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella is an exciting exhibition that comments on both our political and natural climates. It is in-your-face and tongue-in-cheek, and NETS Victoria is excited to continue to support exhibitions travelling to Horsham Regional Art Gallery.”
Through her use of text and symbols, notably in her intricate embroidery work, Ormella invites audience members to engage with issues of nationalism, political activism and environmental intervention.
Ormella’s works aim to stimulate contemplation, connection and engagement with issues of our times, without making her own position necessarily explicit. Very often the materials she uses are things that we all have at home, or for the hoarders amongst us, in some of our cupboards. The title of this show, ‘I hope you get this’ refers not only to her own position within the works, but also to our reading of these various subjects. She invites visitors to engage, to reflect, and bring their own understanding and experiences to the show at the same time.
Exhibition opening: Friday 12 October, 6pm, Horsham Regional Art Gallery
Public programs: Art After Dark: Raquel Ormella + TERROR NULLIUS
Thursday 1 November 2018, 6 – 8pm
Cost: $15 Bookings: (03) 5382 9555
Meet the Artist: Craft Circle with Raquel Ormella Sunday 4 November 2018, 1.30 – 4pm
Cost: Free Bookings: (03) 5382 9575
I hope you get this: Raquel Ormella
Horsham Regional Gallery
13 October – 9 December
80 Wilson St, Horsham VIC 3400