The Apple and the Knife brings together work by award winning artist Merton Chambers produced over the past 40 years. This late career survey exhibition focusses on recent oil pastel works by the Canadian-born, Toogoolawah-based artist, which showcase his unique graphic style and vivid use of colour, a response to the luminosity of the light of his adopted home and the environmental concerns that have guided his approach to art over the past four decades.
Merton Chambers’ work is held in major collections including the Government of Canada, the Art Institute of Ontario, the Ontario Board of Education, Canadian Museum for Contemporary Fine Crafts and Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art as well as numerous private and corporate collections.
Presented in our bomb shelter exhibition space, DE-compose, 2022 is a single channel video work that explores some of the hidden ecological players, such as termites, microbes and fungi, that perform an intrinsic role in the health of our planet.
A newly commissioned soundscape for the work will be presented at The Condensery for the first time.
THIS PROJECT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S REGIONAL ARTS FUND, PROVIDED THROUGH REGIONAL ARTS AUSTRALIA, ADMINISTERED IN QUEENSLAND BY FLYING ARTS ALLIANCE.
IMAGE: MERTON CHAMBERS, PEAS, 2019, OIL PASTEL ON CANVAS, 120 x 120CM. PHOTO LYDIA EGUNNIKE. DONNA DAVIS, DE-COMPOSE, 2022 (STILL), SINGLE CHANNEL VIDEO, 4:30MIN. SOUND DESIGN BY LUKE LICKFOLD.