Sidney McMahon’s practice is led by their unfolding queer narrative. 'Of hope and longing' will be a series of digitally interactive live performances streamed from their computer, to the gallery’s social media accounts. These performances will draw on McMahon’s personal connections between queerness and country music, as well as engaging with the Goulburn local community by requesting input from the audience in the form of drawings, videos and photos that inform and be shown within the work. Taking inspiration from Garth Brookes’ Australian rock alter ego Chris Gaines’, Dolly Parton’s lyricism and Keith Urban’s Instagram account, McMahon appropriates the aesthetics and materiality of country music to unpack the growth, stoicism, longing and hope that this industry nurtured throughout their childhood in rural Queensland.
Creating new works within the context of Goulburn's physical, social and psychological terrain, McMahon posits an exploration of complex identities - enmeshed in associative memory and meaning.
McMahon holds a Master of Fine Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, and was the 2017 recipient of the Parramatta Visual Arts Fellowship. They have completed residencies in London, Paris, Cambridge, Tokyo and Kyoto and has shown nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in various galleries including, MOP Projects (NSW), Clearview Ltd (LDN), Open Source Gallery (NY), Auto Italia (LDN), Metro Arts (QLD), Raygun (QLD), Success (WA) and Verge Gallery (NSW).
Whilst the Gallery doors may be closed please join Gina Mobayed, Gallery Director, at 6pm on Friday 15 May on Instagram Live (IGTV) for our opening event followed by an interactive chat with artist, Sidney McMahon, who will enlighten us on their amazing exhibition and upcoming weekly live performances.