5 November 2016 - 12 February 2017
Jud Wimhurst is the Bendigo Art Gallery 2016 Going Solo artist. Going Solo is an initiative providing contemporary artists living and working in central Victoria the unique opportunity to work collaboratively with curators and produce a new body of work for solo exhibition at the Gallery. In his predominantly three-dimensional work, Jud references pop and street culture as a mode of social commentary exploring ideas of consumption, choice and mortality. He is process-driven, hand building, casting and applying slick commercial finishes to objects in his home studio. Gimme Freedom (or gimme death) is a major sculptural installation combining the iconography of fast food with the tactics of warfare, utilizing humour to draw attention to the darker side of consumerism and the artifice of freedom.
Jud lives and works in Kyneton and has a Bachelor of Fine Art from RMIT University. Recent solo exhibitions include, Protection at the La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo, Safe/Secure at [MARS] Gallery, Melbourne and Future Primitive at the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair. Jud’s work has also been included in group exhibitions at TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin and Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Brighton. His work is held in a number of public and private collections including Deakin University, The Macquarie Group and Art Bank. Jud is represented by [MARS] Gallery, Melbourne.
The making of Gimme Death (or gimme freedom) full length video