The exhibition ‘Michael Zavros: The Favourite’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane until 2 October features the ambitious new sculpture Drowned Mercedes 2023 (illustrated), for which Michael Zavros has filled the cabin of a classic 1990s Mercedes-Benz SL convertible with water.
Your ticket to ‘Michael Zavros: The Favourite’ provides entry to two exhibitions on your day of visit, including ‘eX de Medici: Beautiful Wickedness’.
GOMA, Until 2 October 2023
Michael Zavros ‘Drowned Mercedes’ 2023
The most immediate interpretation might be that the car has been ruined through neglect, vandalism or an unusual brand of self-destruction, invoking the idea that you cannot truly appreciate something until it is lost. Yet this creative act could equally be read as just this: a creative act. With his characteristic calculated humour and sense of absurdity, Zavros transforms the coveted vehicle into a reflection pool.
Reflections of the artist such as Zavros’s Narcissus-themed self-portraits V12/Narcissus 2009 (illustrated) and Bad dad 2013 (illustrated) are arguably his most iconic works. Their impeccable, seductive surfaces reward close attention, while intelligently updating the ancient Greek myth about the love of self and love of others.
Zavros, however, is largely ambivalent about moral interpretations of his work. From this perspective, the images are more about acknowledging our persistent appetites than critiquing consumerism and excess.
Michael Zavros ‘V12/Narcissus’ 2009
Michael Zavros ‘Bad Dad’ 2013
Watch | Michael Zavros discusses his practice
The 208-page exhibition publication Michael Zavros: The Favourite is available at QAGOMA Stores or online.
‘Michael Zavros: The Favourite‘ in 1.1 (The Fairfax Gallery) and 1.2 at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane from 24 June to 2 October 2023 surveys 25 years of painting, sculpture, photography and video by leading contemporary Queensland artist Michael Zavros.
This exhibition offers opportunities for dialogue with ‘eX de Medici: Beautiful Wickedness’ presented in the adjacent gallery 1.2 and 1.3 (Eric and Marion Taylor Gallery). Immerse yourself in these two irresistible exhibitions from leading Australian artists. Your ticket provides entry to both exhibitions on your day of visit. Buy timed tickets in advance to guarantee entry. Last session 4.00pm daily. Exhibition closes at 5.00pm. Full-day Flexi Ticket also available.
Featured image: Michael Zavros with Drowned Mercedes 2023 at ‘Michael Zavros: The Favourite’, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane / © Michael Zavros / Photograph: David Kelly