Tondo 1, Tondo 2, Tondo 3
23.11.20 – 01.10.2021
Modernism and Formalism have been Michael Muruste’s traveling companions for nearly four decades and continue to provide the artist with sustenance and creative strategies. Muruste has developed 3 commercial grade tondos for the CAT Courtyard. Referencing corporate logos, the artist was initially concerned with exploring the possibility of subverting the notion of rebranding CAT with an ambiguous identity. Once in the studio the initial concept became secondary and the act of painting took over. When Muruste’s paintings are not restricted by narrative there is the freedom to reinterpret the familiar. However, a residue of the initial concept remains in the work through the use of commercial advertising materials and processes.
Michael Muruste lives in Burnie, Tasmania. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Art, City Art Institute, Sydney in 1985 and has been exhibiting in Tasmania and nationally since this time. Exhibitions include: genius loci, Plimsoll Gallery, UTAS, curated by Nick Waterlow (1990); Distance, Sherman Galleries (Hargrave), Sydney, curated by Catherine Wolfhagen (1999); Stand Back, Moonah Arts Centre, curated by Josie Hurst and Sean Kelly (2015) and, object_image, Poimena Gallery, Mona Foma, curated by Paul Snell, (2020). Michael Muruste is represented by Colville Gallery.
The CAT Courtyard Commission is provided to a Tasmanian artist annually to develop a new temporary work for presentation on the outside of the CAT building. Michael Muruste is the eighth recipient of the commission.