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My Mother, Blessed and Cursed with Sons

22 April 2022 - 5 June 2022

My Mother, Blessed and Cursed with Sons

Jonathan McBurnie

Jonathan McBurnie, MAXIMUM GRIEF, 2021, Ink, watercolour and gouache on paper, 38 x 57cm.

Jonathan McBurnie’s latest body of drawings and mixed-media work draws parallels between the constructed worlds of art and pro-wrestling. The two ostensibly disparate idioms share the willing mental or physical sacrifice of one’s own self as fuel for the artistic act and the presentation of constructed versions of the self, and both present a massive index of jargon and industry-specific terms. Over 200 amassed works will explore the paradoxes, nuances and humour of wrestling in McBurnie’s signature style.

The exhibition catalogue features an essay by Drew Connor Holland. Download it here or pick up your copy in the exhibition space today. 

Jonathan McBurnie is an artist, writer and cartoonist presently based in Queensland, Australia. McBurnie completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2014, examining the shifting role of drawing in the digital age, emphasizing the discipline’s ongoing tenacity through tactility, adaptability and eroticism. Over his two decades of artistic practice, McBurnie has earned a dedicated cult following with his prolific output, keen observational drawing and deadpan commentary of contemporary art, exhibitions nationally and abroad. From 2018 to 2021, McBurnie worked as the Creative Director of Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery in Townsville and has since moved on to become the Director of Rockhampton Museum of Art (RMOA). McBurnie has been published in Eyeline, Catalogue, The Lifted Brow, Penthouse Australia, Trip, the Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture and Sneaky, where he was an editor and contributor. His work is held in a number of collections around Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and Brooklyn Art Library in New York City. 

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