Our Gallery Director, Louise Klerks has curated You Better Be On Fire, an exhibition showcasing recent works by contemporary artists Mary Leunig and Renuka Rajiv, from 8 to 29 September. The exhibition will feature new drawings from Leunig alongside Rajiv’s monoprints, publications, zines and animations. Both are led by the impulse to create work that amplifies the everyday, the autobiographical, the unglamorous. While Leunig deals in human flesh and raw physicality, Rajiv conjures up abstract, mutated human/non-human forms. Their images dissect gendered and racialised stereotypes, privilege and classism with humour, directness and criticality. The works in You Better Be On Fire employ comic book conventions, symbolism, collaging and motifs as primary modes of visual expression – the practices of Leunig and Rajiv are committed to drawing, and a boldness in navigating controversial subject matter.
You Better Be on Fire is at Neospace, Collingwood from 8-29 September. The exhibition is open from 10am-5pm on Monday-Fridays and 12-4pm on Saturdays.