Sanné Mestrom’s Black paintings, made from undyed spun wool mounted on steel frames, derive from a series of minimal abstract paintings by the American painter Frank Stella from the 1960s. Flat, imposing, and with a masculine edge, Stella’s works exemplify the influential theory of modernism proposed by American critic Clement Greenberg – that painting was progressively refined to its surface qualities. Conversely, Mestrom’s series celebrates the rough texture and comforting qualities of wool and the associated notions of weaving as a feminine craft. Stella’s canvases are re-posed as endearing sculptural objects and installations, complemented by a series of gouache paintings.
Sullivan+Strumpf acknowledge the Indigenous People of this land, the traditional custodians on whose Country we work, live and learn. We pay respect to Elders, past and present, and recognise their continued connection to culture, land, waters and community.