30 June – 18 July 2010
Exhibitions to be opened by Dr. Sean Lowry, artist and lecturer at the University of Newcastle, at 6.30 pm on Thursday 1 July
Poetic Remediation: Incestuous Trajectories
The Loading Dock
After pursuing various collaborative interests taken in the performing and Creative Arts, this exhibition sees Colin’s return to traditional painting and digital imaging as mediums of artistic expression. The exhibited works form the studio-based component of a PhD candidature which he began in 2004.
These works in traditional and digital media explore and examine the potential for transparent immediacy in facilitating new artistic production methodologies, and in forming new knowledge in relation to transcendence in art.
Instantiating The Invisible: Limitless Space In Painting
LUCILA N MADDOX
The Long Room
This idea of “limitless space”, which is related to the idea of “limitlessness”, is concerned with the paradoxical challenge of making visible the “invisible”. Characteristically difficult to articulate, painting is presented as a potential interface through which to experience this idea. Painting is developed not as finished products but rather as part of an ongoing mental/sensate process informed not only by attitudes towards the physical observable world but also by historical, theoretical, philosophical, scientific, and conceptual propositions. As French Philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty declares, in making visible “for the distinction between form and matter can no longer be given any ultimate value”, the idea of limitless space is rethought, transformed and exhibited within the imagined space of painting. Lucila N Maddox
Lucila N Maddox
Marriage Is Not A Natural State
The Locker Room
Using found antique glass lanternslides, gilded and ornate frames, paintings and mirrors together with processes of photographic and digital manipulation, new meanings are revealed via a process of fragmentation and juxtaposition. In applying the psychology of memory, truth and love to a practice underpinned by a feminist reading of the politics of representation, Marriage is not a natural state seeks to locate the absent (i.e. a lifetime of lost wedding photographs) through the mnemonic power of the photographic image. Using an installation format reminiscent of a mid-nineteenth century Victorian ‘salon’, a further fragmentation of the narrative potential of each individual image is introduced. One image will call for the next, and so on, in a fluid exchange. Linda Renz
Outer Space…Inner Conscious
Outer space and the universe, the backdrop for our home, a realm where the darkness can stretch forever, yet still hold a part of us. This darkness can be generous in that it can offer comforting illusions. Where we can let the sub-conscious existence of ourselves not be limited to our physical bodies. It can go somewhere and everywhere, a place where time doesn’t exist, and the dark can be a companion. In the ease of dreams in nights embrace, the beauty that imagination brings to what would be repelled in the harsh of day.
Astral projection is one of many pseudo-science fields which have only just been taken seriously in the last few years. It allows the individual to explore any reality they want. These series of paintings are the result of “Portals” to my own mysterious corners of the universe, which I want all the audience to experience. Grant Wyllie
MEI SHAN WONG
Duplication is the power of touching an astonishing. When you repeat the same object and put them together, they become different than just one object on a wall. Perhaps, you feel normal when you are looking at one piece, but if many pieces join together, it is much more powerful, and a stronger feeling is evoked by the series of artworks. Mei Shan Wong