Rarities, Scarities, Ruins and Ripe Fruit is a playful assortment of works from Fergus Binns ranging from figurative to abstract, housed within an installation environment. The exhibition will include an assemblage made during the heat wave and works made with friend and peer Kim Henenberg.
Binns is a conceptual painter whose work has explored depictions of Australian icons, national identity, the environment, art history, consumerism and popular culture. These combine to depict multiple narratives that are at once personal and universal, and often comedic.
Binns was born in Lismore, NSW in 1980. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Solo exhibitions include Ali Baba Squinting and the Watership Wind Band, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, 2012; Toy Paintings, Uplands Gallery, 2011; Toy Paintings, Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney, 2010; Missing Bushwalkers on Found Landscapes, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, 2008; Work From Garage, Chalkhorse, Sydney, 2008; The Wilderness, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, 2007; Fergus Binns, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, 2005; Paintings, TCB art inc, Melbourne, 2004; and Galerie Vege, TCB art inc, Melbourne, 2003. Group exhibitions include SUB12, The Substation, Melbourne, 2013;Like Mike, Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2013; Guirguis New Art Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ballarat, 2013; Thank you for the days: my teenage years, curated by Djon Mundine, Lismore Regional Gallery, 2011; Home, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, 2008; MAN: Depicting Contemporary Masculinity, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith, 2008; Primavera 2006, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006; Big In Japan, Gallery Side 2, Tokyo, Japan, 2006; Single Currency, VCA Gallery, Melbourne, 2006; Real Not Real, 5 Kent St, Henley Beach, Adelaide, 2004; Unsigned Artists (In association with PAV Modern), Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 2003; and Fallout, VCA Gallery, Melbourne, 2002. Binns was winner of the Metro 5 Award in 2008 and the TCB VCA Graduate Award 2003 and was a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary from 2012 to 2013.