Join artist Sidney McMahon in conversation with ACE Open Artistic Director, Patrice Sharkey, as they discuss McMahon’s exhibition Of sorrow and release on its opening weekend.
The talk will include a gallery tour with the artist. Of sorrow and release is McMahons latest installation, bringing together kinetic sculpture, video and sound, the work addresses two significant thematics: the public sense of sorrow spurred on by the climate crisis and recent Australian bushfires in the summer of 2019-20, and the personal experience of mourning and celebration that has accompanied the artist’s own unfolding queer narrative.
About the Artist Sidney McMahon is a Sydney-based artist that works across sculptural installation, video and performance. McMahon has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Of hope and longing, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn, New South Wales 2020; and Canter, Outer Space Gallery, Brisbane, 2019. Recent group exhibitions include Overlapping Magisteria: The 2020 Macfarlane Commissions, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2020; Space Syntax, Verge Gallery, Sydney, 2020; and Tender rip, Auto Italia, London, 2019. McMahon has also been the recipient of numerous residencies, including at Parramatta Artists Studios from 2016–18, at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2017, Studio Voltaire, London, 2017, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2018, and Move Arts Japan and Asia link Arts program between Kyoto and Tokyo, 2018.