10.04.2021 – 30.05.2021

Artist Talk: Friday 9 April, 5pm
Opening: Friday 9 April, 6-8pm

Exhibition Dates: 10 April - 30 May 2021

Gertrude is pleased to present a new exhibition collaboratively produced by Sydney-based artists Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca. Through an ongoing and evolving dialogue that collapses distinctions between life and work, Late Summer presents works that have been researched and produced individually by the artists, yet in close proximity to and in cognisance of one another. With an evocative nod to the passing of time and shifting of seasons, the exhibition’s title reflects a romanticism associated with this point of transition: the hotter, more hopeful months behind us and an impending descent into a period of reduced optimism.
Both artists’ practices take cue from, and in a manner, reflect their surrounding environment and the connotation of the time shared within it, the horizons availed from it, and the darkness that eventually descends upon it. Steeped in the history of Romanticism within art and literature, McMillan and Mosca’s work reanimates this legacy so that it speaks to our time, to this environment, and a subjective interpretation of the world. Within their respective oeuvres, a particular beauty and melancholy co-exist.
In the work of Mosca, the historical materiality of photography is foregrounded to consider questions of authenticity, formlessness and aesthetics, and importantly, how the image might embody narratives beyond the possibility of their representation within this format. In McMillan’s work the idea of recording place and time are investigated through depictions of environs such as the sky and sea, while also alluding to the emotive resonances of Romanticism, including the related perseverance of melancholy.

Todd McMillan and Sarah Mosca’s project has been generously supported through a residency at the Norma Redpath Studio. The Gertrude Contemporary Studio Residency Program is organised in conjunction with the Norma Redpath Studio, which is facilitated by the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA), The University of Melbourne.

Todd McMillan

Selected recent solo exhibitions include: A prés Nous, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2019); There is no hope, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2015); Ten years of tears: Todd McMillan – Selected Works, Museum of Old and New (2013); Mountain Study, Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney (2013); Todd McMillan – Selected Works, Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery (2013); Todd McMillan, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide (2012); no more light, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney (2011); and study for a drowning man, Sherman Galleries, Sydney (2005).

Selected recent group exhibitions include: All things are water, The Lock-up, Newcastle (2019); Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2019); The Immeasurables, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London, UK (2019); New matter, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney (2016); The Alchemists: Rediscovering photography in the age of the jpeg, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2015); DESIRE LINES, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012); How Yesterday Remembers Tomorrow, Artspace, Sydney, in association with Museums and Galleries New South Wales (touring) (2012-14); Rising Tide: Film and Video Works from the MCA Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2009); and The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2009).

Todd McMillan is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Sarah Mosca

Selected recent solo exhibitions include: Six Memos, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2019); A Novella, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2017); Useless Gestures, Galerie Pompom, Sydney (2014); and Document, MOP Projects, Sydney (2011).

Selected recent group exhibitions include: National Photography Prize 2020, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), 2020; Index, Contemporary Centre of Photography, Melbourne (2019); Performing Drawing, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2018); It’s all beneath the floor, it’s all between the walls, Heistinger Atelier, Vienna, Austria (2015); The Alchemists: Rediscovering photography in the age of the jpeg, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2015); Care, Minerva, Interstate Projects, New York (2015); A Perfect Day to Chase Tornadoes (White), Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2010); Survey of Sound, Skagaströnd, Iceland (2010).

Sarah Mosca  is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Image: Todd McMillan & Sarah Mosca, Late Summer, found image, 2021.
Courtesy of the artists and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.