Franck Gohier: a thousand miles from everywhere is a celebration of the work of Franck Gohier and is the third in a series of MAGNT exhibitions celebrating Northern Territory artists. It places him firmly in the Darwin, the Northern Territory and the Australian cultural landscape. The exhibition brings together for the first time works that cover some of the major themes of Gohier’s work from the global influence of Pop art and capitalism through to the bombing of Darwin in World War II and the city itself as subject.
Initially fuelled by the anarchic spirit of punk, Gohier has been making art since the 1980s when he started attending art school at what is now Charles Darwin University. Over a long career, Gohier has worked in a multitude of media and roles from master printer to furniture maker to painter. For the last 15 years, he has concentrated almost solely on his own practice as well as being the sporadic principal of Red Hand Prints.
Importantly, Gohier has also made a career out of Darwin, with regular exhibitions in Sydney and public institutions in the southern states. This exhibition brings the scope of his practice to his most loyal coterie of friends, family, collectors and fellow travellers in Darwin as well as serving as an introduction for MAGNT visitors to the depth and diversity of Gohier’s practice.
3 February - 1 July 2018
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Image: Franck Gohier, To fall, the way the flowers do – to die an honourable death 2008 (detail), triptych, synthetic polymer paint on pop-riveted aluminium, with acrylic sheet and die-cast models, MAGNT Collection © Franck Gohier