Earlier this year we partnered with Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF) to commission a major new artwork by a leading Australian artist to be situated outside the new HOTA Gallery, once it opens in early 2021. The commission will be a major drawcard unveiled at this year’s Melbourne Art Fair, 18 – 20 June, 2020 and then become part of HOTA Gallery’s permanent collection in 2021.
Director, Gallery and Visual Art at HOTA, Tracy Cooper-Lavery said, “The appointment of artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran as this year’s Melbourne Art Foundation and HOTA Gallery Commission recipient heralds an exciting moment in the gallery’s future. The MAF HOTA Commission will be a bold outdoor artwork to welcome visitors in a prominent location alongside the new $60.5m Gallery.”
Known for his challenging and innovative references to ideas of monumentality and idolatry; Ramesh will develop a work that explores a range of material transformations, asking diverse audiences to consider questions of worship while establishing a shared critical and playful tone, with a nod to the Gold Coast’s neon past. This work will represent a significant extension and consolidation of his practice.
“We’re incredibly proud to support a living artist to realise a large-scale work for unveiling at the Melbourne Art Fair, and later forming part of HOTA Gallery’s permanent collection,” Cooper-Lavery said.
RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN is represented by Sullivan +Strumpf, Sydney / Singapore
Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion.
Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney | Singapore. Photography by Aaron Anderson.