Platform
  • Mia Boe 'The Ashes Were Buried under the Tree' 2021.

  • Mia Boe 'Satisfaction of One’s Own Reflection' 2021.

  • 'Mia Boe: Suspicion Is Proof Enough', Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2023.

  • Miguel Aquilizan 'Fever Dreams No. 2' 2023, in 'Material Culture in a Material World', Outer Space, Brisbane, 2023. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Miguel Aquilizan 'Fever Dreams No. 1' and 'Fever Dreams No. 2', 2023, in 'Material Culture in a Material World', Outer Space, Brisbane, 2023. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • 'Sarah Poulgrain and Dana Lawrie: Dreamboat: Sunlight and Leadlight', Outer Space, Brisbane, 2022. Photo: Louis Lim.

  • Sarah Poulgrain 'A Set of New Skills: Aluminium Casting' 2021, in 'The Mechanics of Adaption', Metro Arts, Brisbane, 2021. Photo: Charlie Hillhouse.

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Platform

Miguel Aquilizan, Mia Boe, and Sarah Poulgrain

20 April–16 June 202420 Apr–16 Jun 2024

#Platform

Platform—our new annual exhibition series—showcases new work by emerging artists under forty, who were born, live, or lived in Queensland, and have not yet had a major solo exhibition in a public gallery. In 2024, we present new works by Miguel Aquilizan, Mia Boe, and Sarah Poulgrain.

Aquilizan is a sculptor and a member of the family artist collective Fruit Juice Factori, based in Meanjin/Brisbane and the Philippines. His totemic assemblages incorporate all manner of found and foraged materials and play with notions of cultural memory and displacement.

Boe is a painter of Butchulla and Burmese ancestry, currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. Her work responds to colonisation and the mistreatment of people and culture in K’gari (Fraser Island) and Burma/Myanmar. Her paintings often feature elongated figures that float in the landscape, representing ancestral spirits, family members, and historical figures. For Platform, she will create a series of paintings responding to the work of artist and poet Uncle Lionel Fogarty.

Poulgrain is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based artist whose work is grounded in labour and skill sharing. They live and work in a former bike-wrecker’s workshop, which is also home to the artist-run initiative Wreckers Artspace. Having recently experienced a flood and faced with the prospect of losing their home to developers, Poulgrain has collaboratively designed and built a houseboat that is part residence, part gallery. They will present a section of their ark in Platform, before it hits the water.

Artist Bio

Miguel Aquilizan is a sculptor and a member of the family artist collective Fruit Juice Factori, based in Meanjin/Brisbane and the Philippines. His inventive assemblages incorporate all manner of found and foraged materials. Recent group exhibitions include Unusual Suns (MO_Space, Manila, 2023) and Material Culture in a Material World (Outer Space, Brisbane, 2023).

Mia Boe is a painter from Meanjin/Brisbane with Butchulla and Burmese ancestry whose practice focuses on the inheritance and disinheritance of both cultures. Boe’s paintings respond, sometimes obliquely, to historical and contemporary acts of violence perpetrated on the people and lands of Myanmar/Burma and Australia. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship and is a current Gertrude Contemporary studio artist. Solo exhibitions include Going Insein (Gertrude Contemporary Glasshouse, Melbourne, 2023) and Suspicion Is Proof Enough (Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2023). Group exhibitions include From the Other Side (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2023), Gertrude Studios 2023 (Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2023), Thin Skin (Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2023), and Melbourne Now (National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2023).

Sarah Poulgrain is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based artist who uses skill-sharing methodologies to build respectful relationships and less-hierarchical spaces for learning. Their collaborative and solo shows include Dreamboat: Sunlight and Leadlight (Outer Space, Brisbane, 2022) and Conversation in Two Parts (Firstdraft, Sydney, 2018). Their group shows include Primavera 2023 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2023) and The Mechanics of Adaption (Metro Arts, Brisbane, 2021). Poulgrain is a co-founder of Wreckers Artspace, Woolloongabba.