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Certain Realities

A painted saloon surrounded by paintings of pets all by different artists.
Certain Realities

Archie Moore in Certain Realities
Murray Art Museum Albury, 2019
Image by Jeremy Weihrauch

We have all been impacted by cultural tension in our environment. Pointing out where these cultural tensions existed has been one role of an artist.
Certain realities brought together seven such artists, dedicated to their practice of social investigation and cultural articulation.

The assembly of sculpture, painting, installation, and newly commissioned performances placed the artists voice, concerns, and anxieties at the centre of the conversation.

Barriers, impediments and thresholds presented as recurring motifs with Isadora Vaughan’s beeswax screens and mycelium colonies, Spence Messih’s poetic use of everyday materials, Tony Schwensen’s handcrafted prototypes for a Mexico / US border wall, and Anna Kristensen’s enigmatic photo realist paintings. A major work by Archie Moore took the simplest of marks – X – and ruminated on colonial history, violence and sovereignty.

Incorporated across the exhibition was a series of performance works, with Spence Messih and Tony Schwensen inviting community readings that amplified the concerns of their static works.


Dancer and choreographer Lizzie Thomson’s newly commissioned work considered dance’s fraught cultural history, and a commissioned five-part performance by Brian Fuata presented artwork as correspondence, the artist had sought connection with men in the Albury area, also named Brian. The exhibition concluded amidst the noise of the Archie Moore fronted art rock band, ∑gg√e|n.

Each artist’s work existed in pursuit of truth and understanding. This exhibition recognised the importance of their artistic labour and its ability to shape wider social efforts. With each artists’ contribution we were invited to contend with certain realities.

Certain Reality

Murray Art Museum Albury, 2019
Image by Peter Charlesworth

Spencer Messih

CONJURE, 2018
Steel, sand, glass
Courtesy of the artist and MCA
Image by Jacquie Manning

Archie Moore

Shirtfront (t-shirt series), 2017
Installation view
Certain Realities, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2019
Image by Jeremy Weihrauch

Anna Kristensen

Desert Window, 2014
oil on linen, stainless steel
Image courtesy of the artist

Tony Schwensen

Trump poems, 2015 – ongoing
seven poems, limited edition inkjet prints on paper
Certain Realities, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2019
Image by Peter Charlesworth

Brian Fuata

Broadloom [working title, subject to change], 2019
A performance in five parts
Certain Realities, Murray Art Museum Albury
Image by Jeremy Weihrauch

Isadora Vaughn

Spent Bodies, 2019
Installation view
Certain Realities, Murray Art Museum Albury
Image by Jeremy Weihrauch

∑gg√e|n

Live performance
Certain Realities, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2019
Image by Jeremy Weihrauch

Certain Realities

Murray Art Museum Albury, 2019
Image by Jeremy Weihrauch

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