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Guitarinsp­ired works

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An exhibition of one of the most important Australian artists of his generation, Robert Jacks, opened at Benalla Art Gallery on Friday, April 30.

The exhibition Rhythmic Compositio­ns focuses on Jacks’ guitar-inspired work in the 1990s and 2000s.

The selection of works includes painting, sculpture in various media, artist books and works on paper.

The exhibition features a space for patrons to listen to the music Jacks enjoyed while working.

An essay written for the Benalla Art Gallery by curator Kirsty Grant is also on display.

Rhythmic Compositio­ns features key works, such as Guitar woman, tower night (1997) and Changed into a weeping willow (1997), which featured in the McCaughey Memorial Prize at the NGV, the latter winning the Sulman Prize in 1998.

Benalla Art Gallery director Eric Nash said Jacks held a special place in the history of the Benalla Art Gallery.”

“Several of Jacks’ works are held in the Benalla Art Gallery’s permanent collection,” Mr Nash said.

“Most notably, the painting Compelling vesture no. 4 was one of our first acquisitio­ns and serves as a foundation for the collection.

“We encourage the community to discover how Jacks demonstrat­es a sense of rhythmand structure in each compositio­n.”

Robert Jacks: Rhythmic Compositio­ns will be on display in the Bennett Gallery from April 30 until August 1. Entry is free.

For more informatio­n about this or other upcoming exhibition­s visit benallaart­gallery.com.au

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