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POLLY BORLAND: Wonky
HRAG JUBILEE HALL 21 ROBERTS AVENUE
27 June- 24 August 2014
Polly Borland's series Wonky presents an idiosyncratic and touching meditation on love, juxtaposed with a unique selection of her documentary photographs, images that have informed Wonky.
Borland's initial inspiration for the series Wonky began when she relocated from London to Hollywood with its promise of glamour and prevailing artificiality. Throughout her career Borland has held a fascination for the Outsider, people living on the fringe of society. This she has more recently found in the ‘ugly-beauty' of LA.
In a further shift from her stylized portraiture, Wonky's sculptured forms and staged photography reveal a darker influence at play. The selection of small scale photographs come from Borland's residency with Museum Victoria's Psychiatric Services collection, where she documented medical equipment and artefacts dating from 1870 to 1980. Borland was drawn to the collection of objects made by the patient's hand, the embroidery on a nightgown, a knitted doll and carved wooden figures, all imbued for Borland with an absence of love.
With each series, Borland invites speculation on familial relationships, those constructed by us and the ones we are born into. Borland probes these groupings, never allowing us to shy away from the sometimes disturbing nature of these relationships.
Polly Borland is represented by Murray White Room, Melbourne; Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; and Other Criteria, London.
Polly Borland would like to acknowledge Dr Nurin Veis and Museum Victoria
A touring exhibition from the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
 

The present and the future – HRAG Jubilee Hall

In 2009 the Federal and Victorian governments each announced $5 million in funding toward the redevelopment of the Horsham Town Hall to co-locate the performing arts and visual arts. To achieve this ambitious project HRAG has relocated to Jubilee Hall for the duration of the project.
While at Jubilee Hall we will not be able to display the Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection. It will be stored under museum conditions while we work on better understanding, the Mack Jost Collection of Australian Painting and Works on Paper, our nationally significant collection of Australian Photography, and our collection of works that document the Wimmera.
Our exhibition program at this time will, continue to bring the best in Australian visual culture to Horsham, explore what it is to be a regional art gallery, explore artists that are held within our collection, experiment with what an exhibition is, and present the work of leading practitioners from our region.
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