Inspired by the international exhibition The Art of Chess, Bendigo Art Gallery has commissioned thirteen of Australia’s leading artists to respond to the notion of the game of chess. The result is Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess an exhibition which aims to cement the role of Australian artists within the wider international art community, while also highlighting the skill and dynamism inherent in Australia’s contemporary art scene.
Held concurrently to The Art of Chess, the works in Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess will engage with a multiplicity of concepts - from Ken Yonetani’s ethereal porcelain sculptures engaging with issues of climate change and environmental degradation, Sebastian Di Mauro’s sculptural discourses on the impacts of colonisation, to Sean Cordeiro and Claire Healey’s more psychological approach – using this game of strategy as a metaphor for the First World War with beer bottles and coasters comprising the key players all displayed on the classic Australian picnic table.
In 2011 Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess will tour to The University of Queensland Art Museum, Qld; McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park, Vic; and the Samstag Museum, SA.
To view some of the works included in The Art of Chess and Your Move: Australian Artists Play Chess see the above episode of Art Nation.