Paul Yore

Paul Yore in BECOME WHAT YOU ARE, Brisbane Powerhouse Museum

Paul Yore’s exhibition ‘BECOME WHAT YOU ARE’ is now showing at Brisbane Powerhouse Museum, presented as part of Melt Festival for 2023.

‘BECOME WHAT YOU ARE’ brings together a suite of the artist’s intricate textile works, interrogating popular culture, nationalism, neo-liberalism, consumerism, and sexuality. Drawing on a vast array of recycled materials, forms, texts and images, Yore’s work deploys laborious and time-honoured craft methodologies such as embroidery, quilting, mosaic, collage, and bricolage. These experimental works engage in a kind of queer and linguistically deconstructive free association within which a plurality of meanings is made available.

The exhibition also features selected garments drawn from the collaboration Yore made with celebrated fashion house Romance Was Born for their 2023 winter collection entitled Stronger Together. These one-off couture pieces combine Yore’s bold vernacular with signature Romance Was Born techniques such as hand beading and sequin work, appliqué, and upcycled vintage fabrics including crochet blankets, military uniforms, and floral silk quilts.

‘BECOME WHAT YOU ARE’ is on display from 11 November to 10 December 2023.

Paul Yore's 'WORD MADE FLESH' now showing at Carriageworks

Paul Yore’s ‘WORD MADE FLESH’ is now showing at Carriageworks as part of Sydney Festival and Sydney World Pride.

‘Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH is a new architecturally-scaled installation, anarchically composed of improvised makeshift structures, mixed media sculpture and found objects, collage and assemblage, painting, video, and pulsating sound and light. Conceived as a cacophonous, kaleidoscopic ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, WORD MADE FLESH’ imagines a queer alternative reality.

This work has been curated by Max Delany, in collaboration with Paul Yore and Devon Ackerman, and will be on display at Carriageworks from 5 January to 26 February 2023. Visit the Carriageworks website for more information. 

Sydney Morning Herald: Paul Yore's delierious Word Made Flesh pulls into Carriageworks
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City Hub Sydney: Carriageworks on track for Sydney WorldPride

Pictured: Paul Yore, WORD MADE FLESH (installation view), 2022, Carriageworks. Photography by Zan Wimberley


Paul Yore's major survey exhibition at ACCA

We are thrilled to announce the launch of Paul Yore’s major survey exhibition ‘WORD MADE FLESH’ at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne.

Presented as part of ACCA’s Contemporary Australian Solo Series, ‘Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH’, curated by Max Delany, is a comprehensive survey encompassing the full scope of Yore’s work—appliques, quilts, tapestry and needlework, banners and pendants, collage and assemblage, and largescale narrative and history paintings, as well as a major monographic publication. The exhibition will be constructed maximally as a gesamtkunstwerk, presenting work over the past fifteen years, alongside a major new room-scaled sculptural installation to be developed for the exhibition.

‘Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH’ will be presented at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art from 24 September –20 November 2022.

Press Coverage

ABC News: Australian artist Paul Yore speaks about censorship in art, queer culture and Catholic kitsch as ACCA exhibition surveys his career

The Australian Arts Review: Paul Yore: WORD MADE FLESH

Sydney Morning Herald: Shaped by breakdown and brush with police, Paul Yore takes aim at modern life

ArtsHub: Paul Yore battling controversy with love and labour 

Art Guide: Paul Yore on beauty, cooking and chaos - and why he's ultimately an optimist

The Guardian: Penis straws and obscene quilts: the artist turning junk into a queer church

NBC International News: 15 LGBTQ art shows that are spicing up global museums this fall

The Conversation: Paul Yore: the uncompromising Australian artist riotously tackling queer culture, corporate greed and hyperconsumption

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Paul Yore announced to present major exhibition at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Hugo Michell Gallery is thrilled to announce that Paul Yore will be presenting a major exhibition at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) as part of their 2022 program.

The exhibition Paul Yore: Word Made Flash, curated by Max Delany, will encompass the full scope of Yore’s work—appliquéd quilts and needlework, banners, painting, collage and assemblage—drawing on the vernacular of visionary and psychedelic art, Greco-Roman forms, medieval tapestries, the decorative excesses of rococo style and trash culture. The exhibition will be constructed as a ‘gesamtkunstwerk’, with an ambitious new immersive installation presented alongside selected works from the past fifteen years, accompanied by a major new monographic publication.

A prominent queer artist whose iconoclastic works engage with the histories of ritual, queer identity, popular culture, nationalism and neo-liberalism, Paul Yore’s garish yet playful works recast a vast array of found materials, images and texts into sexually and politically loaded tableaux, suggesting hybridity, contradictory meanings, or an overturning of stable categories altogether.

Paul Yore: Word Made Flesh will be exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Victoria from September 17 – November 20, 2022

Hugo Michell Gallery Open: Paul Yore + Clara Adolphs

Hugo Michell Gallery invites you to the opening of Paul Yore’s ‘Crown of Thorns’ and Clara Adolphs’ ‘In Between Days’ on Thursday 6th February 6-8pm.

Gippsland-based artist Paul Yore’s solo exhibition ‘Crown of Thorns’ brings together new textiles, assemblages and collages, continuing the artist’s decade-long personal and candid investigation into the intersection of religion, sex, politics and popular culture. Taking its title from a passage in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus is mockingly dressed in purple and adorned with a crown of twisted thorns, Yore’s exhibition readily draws upon the iconography of his Catholic upbringing, most notably the cross or crucifixion. However, Yore’s irreverent treatment of traditional subjects is laced with a queer critique of the foundational institutions of “Western” society; specifically the moralising presence of a corrupt Church, and its role in propping up a broken political system, a dynamic which in turn has fueled centuries of colonial violence, as well as the subjugation of women, trans and queer people.

“Bundanoon-based artist Clara Adolphs is becoming somewhat of a fixture in the art prize and award circuit. An Archibald finalist in 2016 and 2019, and collecting the 2017 Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship, the artist mines an archive of castoff vintage photographs to make works that contemplate the passing of time and the universality of small moments.
To capture her anonymous, enigmatic subjects, Adolphs turns to a palette knife and brush, working quickly with thick impasto paint in a kind of performance that reimagines and replays the lost moment within the photograph’s frame.” – Varia Karipoff (via Art Guide)

Please join us in celebrating the launch of our first exhibitions for 2020!

Exhibition runs until FRIDAY 6 March.

Hugo Michell Gallery acknowledges the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide region, and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.

Sera Waters & Paul Yore in 'Domestic Arts'

Sera Waters and Paul Yore are showing in ‘Domestic Crafts’ at Rosny Barn, Tasmania curated by Nichole O’Loughlin.

This group exhibition showcases boundary pushing, textile-based works.  The exhibition acknowledges the demarcation between craft and fine art since the 1970s which has paved the way for contemporary artists to use textiles in dynamic and powerful ways.  ‘Domestic Crafts’ features artists who employ textiles in diverse methods, including embroidery, quilting and soft sculpture. 

The exhibition includes emerging and established Tasmanian, Australian and international artists to provide a broad picture of the current state of contemporary textiles.

Exhibition runs until 22 December 2019.

Paul Yore in 16th International Triennial of Tapestry, Lodz

Paul Yore is included in the 16th International Triennial of Tapestry held at the Central Museum of Textiles, Łódź, Poland. The watchword of the 16th edition, “Breaching Borders”, refers to the issues of the modern world, which redefine the meaning of the identity of our civilisation, ethnic groups, social groups or each of us individually. Yore is one of 32 artists chosen to participate in the triennial. Since its beginnings, through 15 editions, the Triennial has had 1595 participating artists from 71 countries. 

The exhibition runs until the 15th of March 2020.

Paul Yore’s ‘IT’S ALL WRONG BUT IT’S ALRIGHT’, Dark Mofo 2019, Tasmania

Paul Yore’s ‘IT’S ALL WRONG BUT IT’S ALRIGHT’ installation on display at Black Temple Gallery during Dark Mofo 2019, a technicolour chapel in which to worship Dolly Parton, Justin Bieber and other icons of love, sex and excess.

Paul Yore and Tony Garifalakis in ‘National Anthem’ at Buxton Contemporary

National Anthem, featuring Tony Garifalakis and Paul Yore, and curated by Kate Just, is now showing at Buxton Contemporary.

Presenting a cacophonous array of artistic voices and perspectives, National Anthem brings together 24 artists, from a range of generations, who critically address Australian national identity. Built around key works in the Michael Buxton Collection, together with works sourced from beyond the collection, this project reflects on the ways that the desire for a singular national identity often excludes Indigenous histories and denies the multiplicity of voices, cultures and experiences that enrich, contest, and enhance Australian life.
Channelling humour and satire and engaging in tactics such as play, intervention and confrontation, the artists in National Anthem seek self-determination and collectively hold a mirror up to contemporary Australia, prompting new representations of who we are or who we might aspire to become.

Exhibition runs until July 7.

Paul Yore Selected for ‘Dark Mofo’ 2019

Paul Yore has been selected to feature in this year’s Dark Mofo!
Yore will take over the Black Temple Gallery, DarkLab’s deconsecrated church, with soft sculptural pop-art collages and needlepoint tapestry. Yore will transform the space into It’s All Wrong But It’s Alright, a technicolour chapel in which to worship Dolly Parton, Justin Bieber, and other icons of love, sex, and the excessive.
Dark Mofo 2019 runs from June 6 to 23.
The full program will be announced on Friday April 12.
Presale tickets are available Monday April 15.
General tickets go on sale Tuesday April 16.
For tickets and more information visit Dark Mofo.