Some Like it Hot

National Exhibition Register

  • Leaving on a jet plane
    Franck Gohier Leaving on a jet plane, 2019
    Medium
    Synthetic polymer paint on board
    Dimensions
    100 x 90cm
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy of the Artist

About the exhibition

Some like it Hot brings together two of the Northern Territory’s most respected artists: Franck Gohier and Therese Ritchie in an exhibition that reflects upon gender trouble in the tropics. Both Gohier and Ritchie consider the performative nature of gender, tracing the intersections between sweat, sex, desire and discord in Australia’s hottest and most remote capital city.

Throughout history, climate has been held accountable for a range of behaviours and intense heat associated with inertia, sloth, promiscuity and violence. Art historian Andrew McNamara notes that the tropics have been seen as a space ‘beyond humanity and civilisation’, a place that for many carried a threat of anarchy and chaos.

Alluding to gender stereotypes popularised in midtwentieth century comic books, romance narratives and action films, Franck Gohier creates paintings and prints that deploy a pop art aesthetic to question sexualised binaries. Drawing upon narratives of
fraught masculinity and trapped femininity, he humorously probes gendered expressions of love and strife in the sweltering heat of the Top End.  Other works take their cue from recent superhero narratives depicting women as action heroes wrestling crocodiles or fighting the bad guys. Through parody, Gohier exposes the limited range of positions inscribed in many popular culture texts and the heterosexist frameworks that reinforce particular ways of being.

In contrast many of Therese Ritchie’s depictions are informed by the everyday scenes she witnesses on the streets around her. Her camera lens observes quarrels and clashes and men behaving badly, intoxicated by the Territory’s drinking culture.  As cultural observer Susan Carson notes ‘as the temperature rises, so too does the propensity for violence.’ This regularly plays out in Darwin, a city with the highest rates of alcohol consumption per capita in Australia. Ritchie’s photographs are worked up into digital collages informed by art historical precedents. She is interested in the legacy of heterosexist frameworks that segregate gender into binary categories denying more nuanced understandings. In a number of images, she spotlights more fluid enactments to open up gender to a broader range of embodiment.

At the heart of Therese Ritchie’s extensive oeuvre … is a refusal to compromise as an artist. Her work is deliberately historically derivative in style, but clearly empowering … and brandishes its politics for the benefit of developing a greater awareness of the lives of individuals enlarged upon through Ritchie’s journalistic agency and love of storytelling.
Chips Mackinolty, artist and collaborator

As the temperature rises around the world through global warming, Some like it hot presents an opportunity to explore the synergies and tensions in the relationship between heat, place and gendered behaviour.

AUDIENCES

This exhibition brings together approximately thirty to forty art works including a number of new prints commissioned specifically for the exhibition. Comprising paintings and framed works on paper including screen prints and pigment prints, the exhibition combines wit and humour with astute commentary. 


The exhibition is highly accessible to a general audience while providing deeper insights into the cultural, social and environmental influences on behaviour. It will be of particular interest to students undertaking gender and/or cultural studies and secondary students interested in Pop Art, histories of appropriation as a strategic practice, photography
and print media. 


Although the exhibition takes as a case study the tropical environs of the Top End, it has resonances throughout Australia as temperatures around the country rise in response to climate change. While being message based, the exhibition is anything but didactic and presents a myriad of possibilities to draw out discussion with broad scope for meaningful education and public program events.  



 

Artists and Curator

Curator
Wendy Garden
Artists

Therese Ritchie
b. Newcastle 1961


We all have our blank spots where we don’t want to look at stuff, but if I find that I am resisting life, I make art about it to help understand and feel it. If you take something on board and feel into it, you can develop more compassion and empathy; tease it out and maybe make a picture about it. There’s nothing more satisfying than being able to make a picture about a complicated issue. Therese Ritchie, artist

Therese Ritchie is critically acclaimed for her astute social commentary combined with pathos, humour and an unwavering eye for the poetic resonances in the everyday. 


She moved to Darwin from Sydney in 1981 and has been an exhibiting artist since 1986. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Northern Territory University (Charles Darwin University) in 1985 and undertook further studies at the Victorian College
of the Arts, Melbourne. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television/Animation in 1999 and in the same year was awarded the Australian Children’s Television Foundation Best Animation.  She completed a Masters by Research in Visual Arts
at Charles Darwin University in 2004. Ritchie was a freelance photographer for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Time and Who Magazine amongst others and has worked as a designer/illustrator and photographer on numerous assignments including projects for the Darwin Legal Service and Territory Health Services. She was inaugural co-director of Green Ant Research
Arts and Publishing with Chips Mackinolty in 1991 and was the photographer and designer for three publications published by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission including the 1997 Royal Commission into the Separation of Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families. She lectured in Graphic Design at the Northern Territory University between 2000 and 2002.


Ritchie won the Fremantle Print Award in 2000 for a collaborative work with Chips Mackinolty. In 2007 she was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Artist in Residency at the 18th Street Arts Centre in Los Angeles where she spent three months making work in response to the plight of people on Skid Row.


An exhibition with Chips Mackinolty was held at the Charles Darwin University Gallery in 2010 and in 2019 a major survey exhibition of her work, Therese Ritchie: burning hearts, opened at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. In 2012 she was invited to participate in the exhibition Contemporary Australia: Women at the Queensland Art Gallery and
Gallery of Modern Art and other group exhibitions include the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Perth Institute of Contemporary Art; Fremantle Arts Centre; Lismore Regional Art Gallery; Flinders University Art Museum and Mosman Art
Gallery amongst others. She has also been invited to exhibit in France and Indonesia. Her work is held in several major collections in Australia.

 

Franck Gohier
b. 1968 Brittany, St Nazaire, France
arr. Australia 1972


People interest me the most. Their cultural backgrounds, views on life, motives, fears, aspirations and so on. And also how these elements help shape history and events. I often feature elements of the Territory to speak about the vitality of my own experiences living here and how this part of Australia is simply a microcosm that reflects all of humanity. ‘Same but different’ as we say in the North.
Franck Gohier, artist


Franck Gohier has developed a national profile for his satirical paintings and prints which are informed by his political and social consciousness honed from living in Darwin.


Gohier was born in Brittany, France and arrived in Australia as a child accompanied by his parents. The family moved to Darwin three years later in 1975 in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy. Gohier completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking at the Northern Territory University (Charles Darwin University) in 1991 and has had an ongoing exhibiting career since 1987. 


He was a lecturer and technician in the Printmaking Department of the Northern Territory University in the 1990s and together with George Watts and Leon Stainer set up print workshops which became known as Northern Editions in 1996. During this
period Gohier collaborated on limited edition prints with various Indigenous communities and setup an art program for Aboriginal inmates at Berrimah Prison in collaboration with Correctional Services and 24HR Art. He established Red Hand Prints with Shaun Postie in 1997, an open access studio that held community workshops and actively supported the printmaking activities of Indigenous artists.


Gohier has exhibited widely around Australia and in Germany and Indonesia. He was the subject of a major retrospective held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in 2018 entitled Franck Gohier: A thousand miles from everywhere
and his work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Streetwise: Contemporary Street Culture, National Gallery of Australia, 2015 and The Phantom Show – an exhibition that travelled to regional galleries in New South Wales
from 2015 to 2016. Other exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Canberra Museum and Art Gallery; Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney; Fremantle Arts Centre; Cairns Regional Gallery; Griffith Regional Art Gallery;
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Tweed River Art Gallery; Tamworth Regional Art Gallery; Wagga Wagga Art Gallery; Dubbo Regional Gallery and Hazlehurst Regional Gallery amongst others. He has held residencies at the University of Wollongong and Casula Powerhouse Museum.


His work is held in major institutional collections around Australia and private collections in New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Netherlands, South America and the United States. Gohier is represented by Mitchell Fine Art, Brisbane
and James Makin Gallery, Melbourne.

CURATOR

Wendy Garden is Curator of Australian Art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. She holds a doctorate in art history from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Arts research degree. Her writing and research interests focus on contemporary Australian art and photography. Previously Senior Curator at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in Victoria, she has held curatorial positions at a number of public galleries and museums in Melbourne. She has over twenty years’ experience curating exhibitions including solo artist retrospectives, group shows and touring exhibitions. Recent curatorial projects include Therese Ritchie: Burning Hearts (2019-20) and Between the Moon and the Stars (2019) both held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; On the Beach, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (2015), Storm in a Teacup, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (2015) and A Curious Evolution: Rose Farrell & George Parkin, Deakin University Art Gallery (2015).

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
01/10/2022 - 31/12/2025
Exhibition size
Between 75-100 sq or running metres
Originating state
NT
Organised by
Artback NT
Price
$4,000 (inc. freight)
Web Site
http://www.artbacknt.com.au/
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Primary contact
Neridah Stockley
Position
Touring Program Manager
Organisation
Artback NT
Phone
(08) 8953 5941
E-mail
art@artbacknt.com.au