Al Munro

(b. 1964. Canberra, ACT, Australia)

Al Munro has created multiple solo exhibitions for the Gallery since her introduction in a 2005 group show. In 2015 Munro curated …a piece of string… with Brenda May Gallery, an exhibition that used textiles as a point of departure, and in 2017 presented Off Grid at MAY SPACE, a group exhibition that featured artists who utilise the form and function of the grid within their works. 2017 also saw Munro's artworks feature in the exhibitions Holding at Newcastle Art Gallery (2016-2017), Paper Work at the Bann Tuck Art Center in Chiang Mai, Pareidolia: cloud gazing at the Megalo Print Studio and Gallery, and the Blacktown City Art Prize. In 2019, Munro had a solo show titled Pattern Translation at the Craft ACT Craft + Design Centre in Canberra that continue her interest in translating and distorting mathematical patterns to explore relationships between textile patterning and painted abstraction.

Receiving her Doctor of Philosophy [Visual Arts] from the Australian National University in 2013, Munro has since completed an Artist-in-residence at Chiang May University in Thailand (2018), undergone the CAPO residency to Chiang Mai University (2013), received Arts ACT project funding for another residency in Chiang Mai where she took part in a major exhibition of Thai and Australian artists at Chiang Mai University Gallery (2014-2015), and has travelled to Japan to research traditional Japanese patterning and scientific visualisations on an Australia Council for the Arts residency (2015). Munro has a broad range of work represented in the collections of Artbank, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Australia (folio), the National Library of Australia (folio) and the Megalo Print Workshop, as well as various private collections.  

Often engaging with scientific and mathematical data as a starting point, Munro uses various and unlikely materials to reinterpret these codes, formulas and systems into visually interesting artworks, in both sculptural and two-dimensional mediums. Reflecting this interest, Munro participated in an arts/maths fellowship with the Department of Applied Maths, Research School of Physics and Engineering at ANU. Her 2018 body of work has focused on the systems and logic of woven textiles. Other paintings have looked at the flexible spatial forms created by pleated and folded fabrics, as well as the elastic structure of fabric. In contrast to these works, over the last few years Munro has also been crocheting bottles in homage to Giorgio Morandi and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. This series has been exhibited at Loop in London, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Newcastle Art Gallery and Brenda May Gallery.