In an ever-evolving cultural landscape, Agatha Gothe-Snape seeks to understand the world in powerful and nuanced ways. Her work addresses the fluid nature of how we read and understand contemporary art and culture.
The exhibition will bring together works from 2008 to the present, including wall drawings, PowerPoints, sculpture, video, augmented sonic reality, works on paper and collaborations with her close circle of artist-peers. Two major new artworks will feature in the exhibition alongside works pivotal in Gothe-Snape’s practice to date.
Gothe-Snape and MUMA’s Senior Curator, Hannah Mathews, have a long working relationship established over ten years.
They will draw on long-term conversations to present an exhibition that navigates the various threads that pass through Gothe-Snape’s practice, including architecture and its metaphors; digital technology and its ability to capture and erase; the western art canon and its contention; the gendering of form and voice; the temporal and material perspectives of performance and its echoes; and the importance of observation, improvisation and collaboration.
With a minimalist aesthetic, underpinned by an attention to audience and embodied space, Gothe-Snape is able to bring the notion of simplicity to some of the most complex and ambiguous ideas.
‘As is evident in this exhibition and the accompanying publication, Gothe-Snape is a creative force to be reckoned with. She has an insatiable curiosity and dedication to experimenting. Ever present, and always doing’, says Charlotte Day, Director, MUMA.
At Monash University’s Caulfield Campus, Gothe-Snape’s 2015 permanent public artwork, The Scheme Was a Blueprint for Future Development Programs, commissioned by MUMA, was developed by Gothe-Snape in conversation with various members of the University faculties.
Agatha Gothe-Snape (b.1980, Sydney) has achieved significant recognition and acclaim exhibiting both in Australia and internationally, including solo exhibitions at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2019), the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019), Frieze, London (2017) and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2017). Major biennials include: Gwangju (2018), TarraWarra (2018, 2016), Sydney (2016), Performa, New York (2015), Berlin (2014) and Melbourne Now (2013).
For The National: New Australian Art, she was commissioned to make a work that links the biennial’s three venues over its three iterations (2017, 2019, 2021), culminating in a major work to be presented in the 2021 exhibition. Agatha Gothe-Snape is represented by The Commercial, Sydney.
This exhibition continues MUMA’s Annual Survey Exhibition Series that presents the practices of Australia’s most exciting and innovative mid-career artists.
Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome is Certain will be accompanied by a fully illustrated publication co-published with Perimeter Editions and designed by Ella Sutherland that includes newly commissioned texts by Julie Ewington, Anneke Jaspers, Erik Jensen, Jenn Joy and Gemma Weston, along with rarely seen drawings, notations and scores revealing processes behind the artist’s individual and collaborative major works.
Agatha Gothe-Snape and Hannah Mathews are available for interview.
Agatha Gothe-Snape: The Outcome is Certain, 8 February – 9 April 2020 at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Ground Floor, Building F, Monash University, Caulfield Campus, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield East. Entry Free. Tuesday–Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday 12 pm – 5 pm monash.edu/muma/