Maria Kozic's sixth solo exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.
Exhibition Dates: 21 June – 15 July 2000
VISIONARY = someone or thing that sees beyond the normal realm
VISIONARYAL = someone or thing that sees beyond the abnormal realm
(meat - n - 3) = mathematical equation that varifies visionaryals. The norm.
Maria Kozic's new series of paintings, VISIONARYALS, suggest a dream-like state, a tapping-in to a subconscious place where strange creatures become your guides. Both humorous and disturbing, these day-glo beasts on their rudimentary wooden panels could be either friendly or threatening, depending on how they're treated.
Like Kozic's earlier paintings of veined guns and bottles, or even Blue Boy, the VISIONARYALS are the making flesh of indefinable things, yet also strongly grounded in the here and now. Kozic's long association with film, comics and pop music has informed her art from the beginning; popular culture "is the air she breathes, her lifeblood ... Kozic's art is logical and precisely realised to a fault; but it grows from intuitions, dreams and impulses and visions both everyday and subterranean." (Adrian Martin, Australian Art Collector no. 10, 1999)
Maria Kozic has, for over twenty years, been one of Australia's most diverse and innovative artists, with her work including film, video, music, sculpture, painting, posters and installation. Her work has been shown all over Australia and internationally, including the 1983, 1991 and 1995 Australian Perspectas, the 1981 Biennale of Sydney, and Aperto at the 1986 Venice Biennale. Her Blue Boy on the roof of Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art was one of its most popular projects, and her Maria Kozic is Bitch posters are considered classics. Her work is held in most state galleries in Australia, as well as numerous private collections. Maria Kozic currently lives and works in New York.