Benjamin Armstrong: Holding a Thread

Benjamin Armstrong creates drawings, sculptures and prints that allude to tomorrow’s artefacts. Made from materials such as wax, wood, glass, inks and pigments, his objects and images bear a concentrated palette and a powerful simplicity. They are both graceful and disquieting.

Holding a Thread is the first monograph on Benjamin Armstrong (born 1975 in Melbourne, Australia) and is lavishly illustrated with examples of his most remarkable work from the past ten years. In her essay, Juliana Engberg states that his works are ‘about a kind of trauma of looking’. This act of viewing is also explored in the conversation between Charlotte Day and the artist, as is the influence of literature and the functionality of art and its role in other (non-Western and ancient) cultures.


Armstrong’s work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; British Museum, Prints and Drawings Department, London; Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; and University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane.

For more information on the work of Benjamin Armstrong please visit Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.