Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing
You pass through an ever present past. Lou Reed from Magic and Loss (1992)
To erase is to change. As an inherent part of the creative methodology of drawing, this exhibition highlights how erasure is a generative strategy, one that proposes a future of political, social, environmental and aesthetic transformations. In some works, erasure acts as a mode of expression or it operates by layering the past with the present or as a proposition about action and trace. In each case, it operates as some kind of palimpsest.
A palimpsest is traditionally understood as a manuscript upon which a text has been incompletely or wholly erased to make space for another text. However, the word has developed a number of meanings across different fields. More broadly, it can refer to any object or place that reflects its history – the traces of buildings in ruins are a prime example – the past physically embodied in the present. In each definition, a palimpsest is a densely articulated practice of marking, erasing and rewriting, layering moments in time, one over the other, producing a complicated texture of spatiality and temporality – an ever present past.
Interpreted in this way, one can posit that, of the works in this exhibition, Christian Capurro’s function more literally as a palimpsest while Tom Nicholson’s and Raquel Ormella’s employ it as a mode of expression, referencing the past by way of visual fragments, and in the work of Vernon Ah Kee, Simryn Gill and Jonathan Jones, erasure and layering also suggest productive dimensions of meaning and transformation.
ARTISTS: Vernon Ah Kee, Christian Capurro, Simryn Gill, Jonathan Jones, Tom Nicholson, Raquel Ormella.
CURATOR: Natasha Bullock, Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales.
TOUR: Singapore, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen (2009-2010)
Invisible Structures: Australian artist collectives in Tokyo, Singapore and Yogyakarta
Invisible Structures: Australian artist collectives in Tokyo, Singapore and Yogyakarta will see three Australian Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) embark on separate residencies across Asia in late 2010 and early 2011.
Curator: Ulanda Blair, Next Wave
Exhibition dates and venues:
Japan: 3 December 2010 - 10 February 2011, Y3K, Melbourne @ Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo
Singapore: 8 December 2010 - 4 February 2011, Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space (Brisbane) @ Post Museum
Indonesia: 2 May 2011 - 30 May 2011, Six_a Inc. (Tasmania) @ House of Natural Fiber, Yogyakarta
The project is the second stage of Structural Integrity, a high-profile exhibition, residency and cultural-exchange project involving 11 local and international ARIs at the 2010 Next Wave Festival, held in Melbourne in May. Invisible Structures will embrace collaborative and process-based projects, presenting opportunities for an even deeper engagement between the participating Australian and Asian artists. Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space from Brisbane will head to Singapore’s Post-Museum in December 2010 and January 2011. Melbourne-based contemporary art project Y3K will head to Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, in December 2010 and January 2011. Six_a Inc. from Hobart will partner up with House of Natural Fiber (HONF) in Yogyakarta in May 2011.
All works presented as part of Structural Integrity at the 2010 Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia.
Face to Face: Portraiture in Digital Age
The Asian tour of Face to Face: Portraiture in digital age is presented by Asialink in partnership with d/Lux/MediaArts.
CURATOR: Dr Kathy Cleland, The University of Sydney
ARTISTS: Michele Barker (NSW) & Anna Munster (NSW), Denis Beaubois (NSW), Daniel Crooks(VIC), Anna Davis (NSW) & Jason Gee (NSW), Emil Goh (NSW/SEOUL), Angelica Mesiti (NSW), Adam Nash (VIC) & Mami Yamanaka (VIC), David Rosetzky (VIC), Rachel Scott (NSW), Stelarc (NSW/VIC/LONDON), John Tonkin (NSW)
Bangkok: 6 September - 16 October 2010, Chulalongkorn Art Center
Singapore: 9 November - 7 December 2010, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery (NAFA)
Manila: 26 January - 20 February 2011, Ayala Museum
Korea: 25 April - 29 June 2011, Seoul Museum of Art, Korea
Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, opened Asialink Arts touring exhibition, Face to Face: Portraiture in a Digital Age, at the prestigious Seoul Museum of Art, Korea. The exhibition, curated by Dr Kathy Cleland, opened in Korea on April 25 after previously touring Bangkok, Singapore and Manila. It is one of a number of events being presented by Asialink Arts in Korea during 2011 as part of the Korea-Australia Exchange Program to mark the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations.
Face to Face features the works of 14 Australian artists exploring portraiture using a range of media including digital photography, video and interactive installation, all of which provide a unique and engaging perspective on how digital technologies are reshaping our understanding and experience of contemporary identity.
In today’s media saturated environment, the archetypal mirror image is only one of many technologically mediated images of the human face that are now available to us. Over the last 150 years new imaging and media technologies such as photography, video and digital media have initiated many new ways of representing the human face as a visual image. These different media forms mirror the human face in different ways and affect how we see and understand ourselves. They also play an important role in creating our sense of self and self-image.
The invited artists, Michele Barker & Anna Munster, Denis Beaubois, Daniel Crooks, Anna Davis & Jason Gee, Emil Goh, Angelica Mesiti, Adam Nash & Mami Yamanaka, David Rosetzky, Rachel Scott, Stelarc, John Tonkin, all explore profound illusory and malleable identities of narcissism, popular culture and identity.