We often see the arts framed as a luxury, but in times of distress and confusion we turn to artists to provide analysis, to process difficult ideas and feelings, and for comfort. Especially now, the sense of humanity and connection that art can bring is essential. Luckily for us, while the rest of the world has been shutting down, artists have been finding new ways to explore, create, and engage. And, after a challenging start to the year, fortyfivedownstairs is excited to announce our first group show of 2020, HERE.
HERE brings together the work of 25 accomplished Victorian artists who have continued to grapple with ideas big and small throughout this challenging time. The exhibition includes artworks from artists’ past practices that explore the themes of resilience and growth, as well as works that display an evolution of creative practice amid the chaos of the past few months – an act of resilience and growth in itself!
Galleries are also exploring different ways to engage with our audiences and exhibit in this new normal. For fortyfivedownstairs this means bringing these works together and creating an online portal for audience members to view the works. Each of the artworks featured in HERE are available to view and purchase online.
We cannot wait to welcome back our wonderful Melbourne community, however you’re able to visit!
HERE is the first exhibition in our new Fragments online series. The exhibition series is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.