Presented by Arts House
14 December 2020 – 31 March 2021
Arts House is always a hive of creativity, but in this new commission, Josh Muir turns his attention to the artistic imagination itself. Situated within the windows of North Melbourne Town Hall, the site-specific series gives passersby the chance to reflect on addiction and release.
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
“Imagine the world’s imagination drifting in the clouds above. Where do our creative thoughts disappear to once the cloud is released into the sky? This series of artworks is a metaphor for the challenges faced through addiction. The result is all in the unimaginable.” – Josh Muir.
In the past decade Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara artist Josh Muir has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting young artists working across media in the country today. His vivid, dynamic approach to colour and form, his innovative use of materials and his ability to broach complex subject matter have caught the eye of countless admirers.
With IMAGINE, an original commission by Arts House, Muir again layers bold imagery and sophisticated themes, exploring the materiality of the imagination. Where do creative thoughts go when we’re done with them? The series is also a metaphor for the challenges faced through addiction and the opportunities for release offered by art.
“I am a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man,” says Muir. “I hold my culture strong to my heart and it gives me a voice and great sense of my identity. I look around I see empires built on Aboriginal land. I cannot physically change or shift this, though I can make the most of my culture in a contemporary setting and my art projects reflect my journey.”
About Josh Muir
Josh Muir is a Ballarat-based multi media artist who produces panels printed on metal inspired by street art and hip-hop. Muir has exhibited at the Warrnambool Art Gallery with a solo exhibition and has been included as part of ‘Marking Time: Indigenous Art From the NGV.’ In December 2019 he presented a large-scale multimedia project for the inaugural Going Solo: First Nations 2019 exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery and the previous year Muir held a major solo exhibition at The Koorie Heritage Trust. Muir’s work has been acquired by the Koorie Heritage Trust, The National Gallery of Australia, Bendigo Art Gallery, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the National Gallery of Victoria and was commissioned as a major project artist by White Night.