THIS IS COLONY

Man Carrying Cloud, 2017, Mixed media with lights, 132.5 x 176 x 7.5 cm, $10,000

Barry Tate


THIS IS COLONY
Closes 10th December

Fox Galleries is proud to present This is Colony, a solo by artist and master ceramicist Barry Tate, featuring glazed earthenware sculptures and a mixed-media painting that ask—what will become of Australia?

Tate has been selected as a finalist in the 2018 Western Sydney University Sculpture Awards and Exhibition for his forthcoming sculptural installation, which is a continuation of the new body of work.

The sculptural works complicate the Western notion of progress by alluding to 18th century English follies—orna-mental consequences of colonialism and globalisation—engaging a compilation of decorative styles, from Neoclassical to Rococo Revival.

Tate, who lived in Japan for several years and trained in Japanese ceramic practices, has infused the reverence of nature from Shinto philosophy into the totemic works, as well as the Indigenous Australian understanding of Country, “a person’s land, sea, sky, rivers, sites, seasons, plants and animals; place of heritage, belonging and spirituality.”

The grape recurs across the pieces as a resonant symbol, used in Ancient Greek art to indicate the advancement of society through cultivation and trade, and as a central feature of still life studies across Western painting, which developed in tandem with the reduction of agricultural labour. With the non-native fruit spilling out from the tops, each pillar becomes a cornucopia representing the great abundance of the land, or a trophy for the advancement of civilization.

Instead these are Barry Tate, monuments to the complexities of contemporary, postcolonial Australia, compelling the viewer to question who enjoys the fruits of the labour in this former penal colony, and how long it will be till the ever-growing economic bubble bursts.

A new short documentary “In the Studio with Barry Tate” illuminates the artist’s rigorous methodology and the sheer physicality behind large-scale ceramic sculpture making.


Barry Tate
This is Colony III , 2017

Glazed earthenware ceramic, Artist proof, Sculpture: 66cm by 55cm by 55cm
Pedestal: 68cm by 65cm by 65cm
$6,000
Edition of 3

Barry Tate
Man Carrying Cloud, 2017

Mixed media with lights,
132.5 cm by 176 cm by 7.5cm
$10,000

Barry Tate
This is Colony I, 2017

Glazed earthenware ceramic on pedestal with lights, Artist proof,
Sculpture: 107cm by 55cm by 55cm
Pedestal: 75cm by 65cm by 65cm
$7,500
Edition of 3

Barry Tate
This is Colony V, 2017

Glazed earthenware ceramic, Artist proof,
81cm by 25cm by 25 cm
$2,800
Edition of 6

Barry Tate
This is Colony IV , 2017

Glazed earthenware ceramic, Artist proof,
70cm by 25cm by 25cm
$2,800
Edition of 6

Barry Tate
This is Colony II, 2017

Glazed earthenware ceramic on pedestal with lights, Artist proof,
Sculpture: 140cm by 55cm by 55cm
Pedestal: 50cm by 65cm by 65cm
$8,500
Edition of 3

Barry Tate
This is Colony VI, 2017

Glazed earthenware ceramic on pedestal with lights, Artist proof,
Sculpture: 170cm by 55cm by 55cm
Pedestal: 25cm by 65cm by 65cm
$7,500
Edition of 3