Artist Benjamin Armstrong made his Tolarno debut in 2008 with the opening show at Tolarno’s then new Exhibition Street gallery space, and was lauded by critic Sebastian Smee in The Australian as the most dazzling show of the new gallery season, among the strangest, most beguiling works of art produced in Australia in the past 10 years.
Significant recognition followed swiftly thereafter, with invitations to show as part of NEW 09 at ACCA and New Acquisitions at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009); Adelaide Biennial (2010); Melbourne Now at National Gallery of Victoria (2013) and Biennale of Sydney (2014).
Benjamin Armstrong returns in July with his first solo exhibition since the sculpture and drawings included in Conjurers at Tolarno in 2012.
'Invisible Stories: Meditations on Port Essington' is Armstrong’s new series of linocut prints. The work relates to the Australian historian and multi-award winning author Mark McKenna’s book From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories (2016). McKenna’s book details the colonials’ physical and psychological struggle with cross cultural contact, and Armstrong’s imagination lit up with visions of scenes that began to take hold. The result is an intense, complex and highly nuanced sequence of imagery.