Barry Tate & Matthew Clarke

The Winter of Disconnect, The Great Indoors

3 July – 2 September 2020

Fox Galleries is proud to present Barry Tate and Matthew Clarke, to launch The Winter of Disconnect, the great indoors exhibition.

Barry Tate presents a series of ceramic vanitas as installation pieces. Large-scale ceramic totems, incorporating ornate hand-crafted furniture that conjure a sense of luxury. The artworks compound symbols of opulence such as grapes, flowers, porcelain plates and antique crafted furniture. Humorously exploring the follies of pleasure with extravagant detail and distorted domestic scale, they teeter on functionality but inevitably delight with grand aesthetics. Through the domestic lens, the installation will explore ideas of production, fodder and advancements in global civilisation, reflected in society today, now more than ever.

Matthew Clarke presents a series of new paintings and sculpture inspired by his direct descendant Captain Thomas Henry Clarke. A larger than life figure. Clarke asks the question ‘Is that ok?’, to reflect on the seafaring and pioneering ancestry as a source of inspiration and resilience while staying at home.  Geometric patterns, vibrant colour and self- portraits provide an intimate timeline of Mathew Clarke’s great indoors.


The Winter of Disconnect, the great indoors, Winter, is the second presentation in the Modern Seasons, the great curve publication series navigating a portrait of the four seasons. The four-part publication is a documentation of five Australian Visual Artists’ response to the undulations of abstracted time and causation in 2020.



2018 Finalist, Hillview Sculpture Biennial Indoor Sculpture Award
2018 Finalist, Western Sydney University Sculpture Awards and Exhibition
2007 Finalist, Blake Prize
2005 Finalist, Blake Prize
2003 Finalist, Blake Prize


2019     Riches, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2018     Hillview Sculpture Biennial, Sutton Forest, NSW
2018     Western Sydney University Sculpture Award Exhibition, Sydney
2017     This is Colony (solo), Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2016     Director’s Choice, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
2015     Form Two Orderly Queues, The Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2014     Hong Kong Art Fair, Hong Kong
2012     Incandescence, Place Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
2011     Exotic Lines, Place Gallery, Melbourne (solo)
2009     Fusions Gallery, Brisbane

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2019 Wine and Wallabies, Fisher and Jefferies, SA, Adelaide Fringe Exhibition
2018 Portraits and Wallabies, Monstalvat, VIC
2017 Wallabies Republic, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC
2016 Wallabies Garden Party, Art Gallery of Ballarat, VIC
2015 Travelgander toured through regional Victoria and the Abbotsford Convent, VIC


2019 Winner Adelaide Fringe Festival Poster Competition
2018 Commission Street Art Explosion Adelaide Fringe
2017/18 Winner: Melbourne Art Trams

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Barry Tate & Matthew Clarke The Winter of Disconnect, The Great Indoors