2 February to 3 March 2018
Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to announce Tony Garifalakis: Information Discharge Systems, the artist’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. Information Discharge Systems comprises three new discrete bodies of work produced in 2017-18 presented across the gallery spaces. Individually titled Future History, Romance and Conosci Il Tuo Prodotto, the new series fit seamlessly into the trajectory of Garifalakis’ compelling practice; taking their starting point in pre-existing imagery that Garifalakis digitally manipulates to create beguiling and seductive new images. Information Discharge Systems continues the artist’s ongoing interest in the use of obfuscation as a means of disrupting the image and thereby complicating its meaning.
TONY GARIFALAKIS completed a Master of Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT University in 2000. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include: Repertoires of Contention: Tony Garifalakis & Joaquin Segura, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2017); Mob Rule, Art Gallery of New South Wales, (2014); Angels of the bottomless pit, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, (2014); Warlords, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, (2014); The Misery of Philosophy, Curro Y Poncho, Guadalajara, Mexico and The Philosophy of Misery, Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City, (both 2011). His work has also been presented in a number of major curatorial projects and group exhibitions, including Pleasure and Reality, National Gallery of Victoria, (2015); Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul, (2015); Dark Heart, the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, (2014); Whisper in my Mask, TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, (2013); Theatre of the world,Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, (2012); Things Fall Apart, Artspace, Sydney and Negotiating this world: contemporary Australian art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, (2012). Garifalakis’ work is held in numerous public collections in Australia, including Monash University; Art Gallery of South Australia; Museum of Old and New Art and the National Gallery of Victoria. He has recently undertaken several studio residencies, including the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York in 2008, and currently lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In early 2018 Surpluss, Melbourne will publish a monograph on Tony Garifalakis, edited by Brad Haylock.