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Baroque and Beyond
Brett McMahon | David Banney

9 August to 2 September 2017

In 2015, composer David Banney encountered artist Brett McMahon’s installation work for the first time and saw in it the dynamic interplay between symmetry and broken symmetry that he was seeking in his own music. It was then that they discovered the formal and conceptual a nities between their practices and so the present exhibition came to life.

The resulting body of new work is not so much a collaboration as a convergence. Here, two interlocutors share space and time, having departed from the same pre-de ned point: the elaboration of six di erent works, each exploring a distinct texture or emotion. In crafting their separate pieces – McMahon of torn and brooding textiles and assemblages and Banney with surging, audible motifs – their paths converge, cross over, join together, diverge, and collide.

Image: Brett Mcmahon, Block 1, 2017

In association with the Newcastle Music Festival (11 - 20 AUGUST 2017)

Wednesday 9 AUGUST AT 6PM

Exhibition opening at the University Gallery with music performances by the Christ Church Camerata string quartet and Pianist Terence Koo. Available on the night will be paella ($5/bowl), sangria, mulled wine and artwork raffle tickets - go in the draw to win an original artwork by Brett McMahon or an original artwork by Nicole Chaffey. Your RSVP is appreciated for catering purposes.

Friday 11 AUGUST AT 12:10PM

Music performance at the University Gallery exploring the Baroque period with Sally Walker (flute), Rosalind Halton (harpsicord), Adam Manning (percussion) & Nova Praetorians (recorder quartet).

Wednesday 16 AUGUST 12:30 - 1:30PM

'In Conversation' with artists Brett McMahon and David Banney at the University Gallery. Discussion will explore the Baroque in 21st Century art and music.

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