One of five solo exhibitions by leading Australian artists for the Summer 2017-2018 program for NGV Australia, Louise Paramor: Palace of the Republic will be on display at the Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Melbourne 17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018, transforming its space into an immersive surreal landscape.
Tony Ellwood, Director of the NGV says… “Louise’s latest body of work Palace of the Republic, creates a sense of wonder for the viewer through its bold colours and impressive scale” he said.
Sculptor Louise Paramor is renowned for fabricating an unrealised world, creating a platform on which the community can engage and articulate its ideas while being challenged to expand their knowledge and appreciation of each other. When people collaborate successfully, ideas are born and creative thinking can be balanced with notions of what art is or is not.
Louise Paramor’s genre of art often raises the mundane things of our everyday life to heroic proportions.
Her works stimulate the intellect of some people, and fire up the feelings and emotions of others, especially those who are interested in expanding ideas in dynamic new directions.
Born in Sydney in 1964, Louise Paramor lives and works in Berlin today where the original Palast der Rebublik (now demolished) was a modernist building situated opposite the Berlin City Palace, a royal and imperial palace now undergoing massive reconstruction on three of the four exterior sides of the building with the facade of only one of the courts retained in the original style (Schlüterhof).
Originally they were observed as a comment on modernity facing the cities historical past. The contrast between the two highlighted the pragmatism attached to modernist style architecture and the look at me grand manner attached to the fully developed seventeenth century design style known as Baroque, both playful and intellectual.
Louise Paramor has created her new series for NGV Australia using her unique ‘honeycomb’ paper sculpture technique; a process whereby she meticulously cuts and glues layers and layer of paper first pioneered in Berlin during a one-year Australia Council Fellowship at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien.
She formed the works around a central axis and they become a voluminous, boldly-coloured object, which once unfolded like a concertina, stood over three metres tall.
Since 1988, Louise Paramor has actively exhibited her works both nationally in Australia and internationally. She is renowned for working with a visual language that derives or was inspired by ideas of modern formalism, although her sculptures generally form a balanced contrast of ideas; the ying and yang of contemporary times.
Louise Paramor is represented by works in the collections of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne South Melbourne City Council, Victoria Heide Museum of Modern Art, Victoria Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia John McBride Collection, Sydney Monash University Museum and Melbourne Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
Her commissions include the 2009 permanent public sculpture commission from COSTCO Wholesale for Docklands, Melbourne, and a sculpture for concourse area of The Esplanade Arts Complex, Singapore. In 2001, she produced a sculpture for the stage production ‘Carmen Miranda Revue Pavillon’ at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin.
The works on display will be divided into five distinct sections and range in height from 20 centimetres through to three metres. Her colourful ideas of Utopia, were declared in her Boomtown series of 2016. They embrace, colour form and space creating a manipulative mini cityscape inhabiting her own fictitious reality.
Louise Paramor: Palace of the Republic at NGV Australia should prove to add to the colourful Australian summer environment. The show will reflect patterns formed by, or as if by a series of movements, which when combined with motion helps to produce action and progressive change.
Exotic, colourful, they will certainly be about ‘exalting the accomplishments and ingenuity of urban sprawl’ and commenting on our shared cultural development.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2017
Louise Paramor: Palace of the Republic
17 November 2017 – 12 March 2018,
Ian Potter Centre,