SALLY BOURKE
Beyond Reason at QUT

Beyond Reason at QUT

Beyond Reason at QUT


Artists include

Karen Napaljarri Barnes 
Karen Black                                                                                               Amber Boardman 
Sally Bourke 
Angela Brennan 
Matthew Clarke 
Aleks Danko 
Beth Ebatarinja 
DC Style Fylez 
Rosie Deacon 
Simone Eisler 
Troy Emery 
Heath Franco 
Hannah Gartside 
Minka Gillian 
Kyoko Imazu 
Trudy Inkamala 
Laith McGregor 
Amanda Marburg 
Sharon Muir 
Benita Multa 
Louise Paramor 
Tom Polo 
Zoe Porter 
Dulcie Sharpe 
David Spooner 
Jacqui Stockdale 
The Ryan Sisters 
Michael Vale


Beyond Reason - exploring the logic of the imagination

is a rambling picaresque exhibition of works that venture into the fairy-tale, the absurd, masquerade, animal/human transformation, theatre, satire, anti-fashion and parody. The exhibition exudes whimsy, improvisation, spontaneity, humour, gesture and intuition whilst exploring ideas of cultural identity, popular culture, and sexuality.

Kevin Wilson is a curator at QUT Art Museum, Brisbane and has worked as a curator and arts manager for over 30 years across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Image: Old news 2017  Oil and acrylic on archival mount board 104x84cm

Bourke

Keywords

Masks

Colour

Contemplation

Conversation

Emotion

Narrative

Archetypes

Social

Expressive

Icons

Identity

Memory

Bio

Sally Bourke lives and works in Newcastle. She grew up in Dubbo, Western NSW.  

Bourke’s selected group and solo exhibitions include Artist Focus at Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie (2018); Yarn, Newcastle University Gallery, Newcastle (2017); Brutal, The Lock Up Art Space, Newcastle (2017); Opening the Box, Tamworth Regional Art Gallery, Tamworth (2013); An Open Secret, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, Cessnock (2013); MARITIME, The Lock Up, Newcastle (2011); Latitude, The Lock Up Art Space, Newcastle (2008) and Pandora’s Box, Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle (2006).Sally is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide.

Work

The other you; Progeny; Erring; Sister Sue; Poppet– all 2017 

Dunce; Absolution; Feathers; Babylon; Watershed; The Rapture; The take off; Recoil; Resolute; I have dreams of; the black foot– all 2018

Sally Bourke has a firm footing in painting and is an obsessive maker with a rigorous approach to her day-to-day studio practice. Bourke’s habitual processes are evident in her paintings, which often depict an image archive reconciling experiences from the past. Though abstract, Bourke’s paintings are curiously recognisable, a celebration of personal encounter and memory. According to Bourke ‘ thefaces and scenes I portray in my work are attempts to make reconciliations with my past, live in the present and imagine the future. I paint people from the inside out.  -K Wilson

Image Babylon 2018. Oil and acrylic on archival mount board 104x84cm