12 Nov 2016 - 21 Jan 2017 (Main & Central Galleries)
Opening Sat 12 Nov. (12 - 2pm)

12 Berry St, Nowra

Mangrove-Time Currarong,102cm x 150cm,
hand embroidery on oil on linen, 2016


Exhibition Statement

“Time is the key to this work. It acknowledges that we are all doing time. We spend our lives with time. Our failures are failures to live with it (think of boredom, facelifts, or cryogenic experiments); while our successes are about redeeming it. These canvases – finely nuanced, alert, lyrical - represent a category of performance, a ritual of inscription that takes place over several days or weeks. Though succession, like assembly lines or filofax scheduling, there’s something refractive here to the regular forms of organised time.”
George Alexander - from Chronography catalog essay, 2005)


This exhibition brings together time-based 2D, 3D and video works created over the last few years since Brereton moved to Currarong, on the coast near Nowra. Incorporating his recent Test Results anti-viral series, (made during 2015/16 Hep C drug treatment experience), and selections from Chronography, Brereton will unveil a number of new 3D works and his latest direction, hand-embroidered paintings.

This show is concerned with how we encounter, endure, (live through) and make sense of, key events in our lives. How these current events are informed by past influences and future desires. Life is a constant flow of productions that we uniquely construct using the DNA cultural, social and historical cards we are dealt with, and the opportunities they afford us. "Every ball of string has a few surprise knots waiting for us in it".

For Brereton, life is a creative fiction we actively engaged with. Made up from an assemblage of creative productions, that necessarily occur beyond representation. That is, art must, by definition, sit outside current comfortable pictorial recognitions. Art is a performance of events and signs that offers us the possibility to think, feel and act creatively in the world and therefore with ourselves. Genealogy is the study of DNA map lines that fold back in time. Biographs on the other hand are, for Brereton, events we fashion out of the fragmentary fictions of reality that make us tribal beings as much as free agents determining our own unique futures. "Who do you think you are?" is a fluid dynamic event that changes from moment to moment.


K-scan, hand embroidery, oil on linen, 102 x 122cm, 2016


The Threads that Bind, hand embroidery, oil on linen, 102 x 122cm, 2016


Network Real-Time (reverse side of Mangrove-time), 102cm X 152cm,
hand stitching and oil on linen, 2016


The Nick of Time No1, oil on canvas,122cm x 168cm, 2005


Genealogy, hand embroidery and oil on canvas, 122cm x 168cm, 2016


DNA printout,
oil on canvas, 122cm x 168cm, 2009


Measure of Time, lighbox, sea glass, 100cm x 150cm, 1996 - 2015


Transfusion, oil on canvas, 120cm x 170cm, 2013


Test Results,152cm x 183cm, oil on canvas, 2014


Day To Day (In a similar vein),137cm x 304cm diptych, oil on canvas, 2014


The Treatment,137cm x 304cm diptych, oil on canvas, 2014


Test Results – End of Treatment, oil on 19 canvas sections,
130cm x 360cm, 2014


Mangrove Rhizome No 1, oil, charcoal, gesso in twelve canvas sections,
116cm x 240cm, 2011


Wollongong Horizon, oil, in twelve canvas sections,
90cm x 210cm, 2013

Bellambi Horizon, oil on silver sarking,
diptych 90cm x 202cm, 2013


Lifeline, hand embroidery and oil on linen, 40cm x 152cm, 2016


Always On This Line, hand embroidery and oil on linen, 40cm x 50cm, 2016


Harvoni Encryption Code, hand embroidery and oil on linen, 102cm x 122cm, 2016