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Restless comprises recent works by Megan Evans, Karla Dickens, Jordan Marani, Nick Devlin and Danie Mellor. These works are a presented as a counter point to a suite of 'welt' paintings by Gordon Bennett (1955-2014). Gordon Bennett’s highly influential exhibition A Black History (1993 Sutton Gallery, Melbourne) marked a turning point in Australian Art History. At the time, Bennett’s work confronted Australian and international audiences with an unprecedented questioning of the ways in which Australian history is constructed and presented.

In 2017 these same paintings sensitively articulate both personal and shared experiences and shine a light on the processes of revealing and concealing the past. More than un-packing the complexities of history, Bennett’s often chilling imagery can be understood as a declaration of new possibilities, responsibilities and sensitivities for Australian artists and curators.

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