Art Gallery Exhibitions - 2009

  • Dates: From Monday 16 November to Thursday 26 November
  • Curator: Dr Nikki Sullivan

  • Dates: From Thursday 24 September to Wednesday 11 November
  • Curators: Rhonda Davis & John Potts

Artists:

  • Christopher Hanrahan
  • Louise Hearman
  • Sam Leach
  • Alasdair Macintyre
  • VR Morrison
  • Alex Proyas
  • Scanner
  • Darren Sylvester
  • Tim Silver
  • Jelena Telencki
  • Monika Tichacek
  • Pete Volich
  • Christopher Hanrahan
  • Louise Hearman
  • Sam Leach
  • Alasdair Macintyre
  • VR Morrison
  • Alex Proyas
  • Scanner
  • Darren Sylvester
  • Tim Silver
  • Jelena Telencki
  • Monika Tichacek
  • Pete Volich

 Horror, Come Darkness explores the genre of horror as an emotional state for its encapsulating effects of fear, suspense and the irrational - where the manifestation of darkness can transform reality into the threatening, the unfamiliar, the unknown and the unknowable. Tormented creatures, monsters, spectral beings, the living dead camouflaged within nocturnal landscapes all recall an indeterminate evil that looms just under the surface of existence.

Horror, Come Darkness will feature contemporary artists using cinematic effects, literary sources and technological visualisation, painting, stills, installation, and video and sound devices, for effecting the simulation of horror.

Linked to popular culture, horror has become - for many - the ultimate adrenalin rush. Inducing mind-altering states, the spectacle of horror manifests itself as a means of escapism from the everyday.

Horror, Come Darkness will create a psychological drama with a number of works that encompass theatrical atmospheric lighting and sound effects - a world inhabited by the detritus, lonely bushland, marshes, tunnels, chambers, isolated highways, graveyards, abandoned buildings, immersing the spectator from within.


  • Dates: From Thursday 20 August to Friday 18 September
  • Curator: Stephen Copland and Rod Pattenden

During recent years in Australia the social, political and economic circumstances of Australian culture have changed considerably. The concept of migration and indeed the Australian idea of the coast have taken on a new meaning by Government attitudes and policy.

These changes to Australia and the shift in its identity and social fabric have been a catalyst for a series of work by artist Stephen Copland, which involve the appropriation of Theodore Gericault's famous painting, The Raft of the Medusa.


  • Dates: From Thursday 2 July to Friday 14 August
  • Theme: Aspects of European Island and Regional Cultures
  • Curators: Leonard Janisweski & Gina Hammond

Leonard Janisweski & Gina Hammond
Adam Geczy; Nathalie Hartog-Gautier; Maria Miranda and Norie Neumark; Juliana O'Dean.

The city of Paris as a site for exploring the temporal relationship between place, memory and people will be surveyed in Remembering Paris through both photography and video installation.

The evocation of the city of Paris as a metaphor for illuminating human emotional responses and the inherent contradictions will be revealed through various textural readings.

 


  • Dates: From 7 May to 16 June
  • Curator: Yuji Sone with Ros Crisp, Ruark Lewis, and Dean Walsh

Cadences recomposes separate art components - video footage of two dancers, recorded vocal performance, and digital images of an installation work - in a new context, a video installation. Cadences works in the tension between video and dance, between sound art and oral poetry, and between animation and digital photography. While a video installation is a closed system in the sense that it is non-interactive, it does however permit a playing out of repetitive modes that resonates within the spectator, highlighting the dichotomy between the live and the mediated. Similarly, digital effects operate between the original and the photoshopped.

The materiality of the immaterial (video, audio recordings, and photographs) is manifest through digital translation and a rhythm that is both cyclic and a pulsation or wave that inheres in media themselves. This project explores artistic interdisciplinarity, focusing on the particular temporal and textural repetitiveness of the video installation.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


  • Dates: From 27 March to 1 May
  • Curator: Kirri Hill
  • Artist: Dr Fan Dongwang

A survey show that explores the influence of traditional Chinese calligraphy on Fan's practice in which the visual language, culture and historical significance of the Chinese Dragon emerges. The artist fuses pop culture stylistic elements with Chinese iconography and successfully produces a cross cultural overlay.


  • Dates: From 11 February to 20 march
  • Curator: Professor Anne Cranny-Francis

So what is touch? How does it contribute to our lives? How does it shape the people we are? Through various media of visual art, technology, textiles, film, sound and design, this exhibition recasts our notion of touch within the context of contemporary living in the 21st century. The Sense of Touch explores the nature of contemporary embodiment including the constitution of the sensorium - how we understand the relationship between our physical senses and the world they encounter; the relationships between the senses as we currently understand them; how this constitutes us as the embodied subjects we are at the beginning of the 21st century.

Artists are Effy Alexakis, Stephen Barrass, Linda Davy and Joel Davy, Meredith Brice, David Chapman and Andrian Polka, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Stefan Popescu, Ron Mueck, Amanda Robins, Gerd Schmid and Jan Shaw.