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Friendly Reminder
03 Aug 2016—20 Aug 2016

In Mary Teague’s exhibition, Friendly Reminder, a series of stickers—over-sized, overlapped, crushed and peeling—are printed with images of empty photo frames, found photographs and casual snapshots. Some of the images nod towards an uncanny kitsch, some towards things kept for a nostalgic throb more than aesthetic virtue. In this sense, the images don’t make sense; they evoke the sentimental keepsakes and pin-ups of a teenager’s bedroom, complete with blu-tack stains and sticky-tape residue, awkwardly strung together, like holding hands for the first time. They summon the impossible desire for places lost, the failed attempt to re-imbue the debased.

Mary Teague (b. 1971) completed her Masters of Fine Art in sculpture at Goldsmiths College, The University of London in 1995. Recent solo exhibitions include All my Luxuries have turned to misery (2016) and Language of Art at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2014); We bake our own bread at DB Projects, Sydney (2013); Psychic Oasis at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney (2012); Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland (2010 and 2006). In 2013, Teague presented a two-person exhibition,Act Hunger, with Diena Georgetti at The Young, Wellington.

Teague produced Dress Code: The World’s Longest Bar (Mildura Workingman’s Club), an ambitious outdoor work comprising a monumental ephemeral sculpture and participatory performance in collaboration with Sara Oscar for Mildura Palimpsest Biennial #9, Victoria (2013).

Selected recent group exhibitions: TPOLR at The Commercial Gallery, Sydney, Casual Conversation at Minerva, Sydney (both 2015), Work, curated by Helen Johnson, Slopes, Melbourne, and 20/200 at Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (both 2014).

Teague was the recipient of the 2013 New South Wales Visual Artist Residency at the Darling Foundry in Montréal, Canada, administered by Artspace, Sydney. Her work for her solo exhibition, Language of Art, at The Commercial was developed during the Montréal residency. A review of the exhibition, written by Eleanor Ivory Weber, was published in London-based Frieze Magazine (September 2014).

Full Mary Teague biography on The Commercial website.