A&D Postgrad Projects
THURS 2 JUNE, 6-8PM
- When 3 Jun - 23 Jul 2016
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM
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In this Postgrad Projects series, UNSW Galleries presents the work of three artists currently enrolled in higher degree research programs at UNSW Art & Design: Deborah Kelly, John Lethbridge and Russell Lowe. Each artists work is the culmination of practice-led research in either our MFA and PhD programs. While each project is distinctive, they are linked by a commitment to critical investigation, reappraisal and renewal.
Deborah Kelly is an established artist whose work has featured in recent international exhibitions including the Sydney Biennale. Scenes from the Death of Books explores and exposes the representation of women in art, bridging historical and contemporary imagery while inviting visitor participation in the form of workshops.
Senior Australian artist John Lethbridge, in his first solo exhibition in many years, presents a series of performative photographs and drawings. Entitled Imaging the Void: Making the Invisible Visible, Lethbridge’s project seeks to visualise connections between human beings and the natural environments in which we exist.
Russell Lowe’s research project, Dark Machines – Presence in the Sublime, brings (sometimes noisy) motorcycle engines into the gallery spaces. The work experiments with notions of the sublime in art, proposing through art historical precedents how new understandings of the sublime might be approached and understood.
Hear from A&D Postgrad Projects artists Deborah Kelly, John Lethbridge and Russell Lowe in conversation with UNSW Art & Design academic Gary Carsley, as they discuss how research has changed their approaches to managing and directing their respected and highly visible professional practices. Thursday, 21 July, 5pm (After hours exhibition viewing and drinks), 6pm (In conversation). Free, RSVP here.
Scenes from the Death of Books
Deborah Kelly is a Sydney-based artist whose work explores lineages of representation, politics and history in public exchange. Scenes from the Death of Books offers a glimpse of the artist’s continuing investigations into the demise of the printed page, and its afterlife in our collective cultural imagination.
Across a range of media including fine art objects, stop-motion video, ghost collage and open workshops, Kelly works with diverse publics (including you*) to reanimate and remix abandoned historical materials for contemporary use.
Presented at UNSW Galleries as a suite of related yet distinct works, Scenes from the Death of Books elaborates upon Kelly’s research into the potential of ‘collage’ as both noun and verb.
Kelly’s work has been shown nationally and internationally in a career spanning over 30 years, including in the 2008 Singapore Biennale, 2014 Sydney Biennale and 2015 Biennale of Thessaloniki, Greece. She is a founding member of the boat-people artist collective, most recently represented in the 2014 TarraWarra Biennial, Victoria. Her 2009 work marking the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square uprising, Tank Man Tango: a Tiananmen Memorial, was shortlisted for the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest and was recently shown at MOMA PS1, New York.
Deborah Kelly is in the final stage of a Master of Fine Art (MFA) here at UNSW Art & Design.
Free workshops will be held on the following Saturdays between 1.30-4.30pm:
4 June, 11 June, 2 July, 9 July, 16 July, 23 July, 2016. Please note that workshops are now booked out.
Email UNSW Galleries to register.
Image: Deborah Kelly, LYING WOMEN, 2016, still from 2-channel video. Courtesy the artist.
Dark Machines – Presence in the Sublime
Russell Lowe is an artist, architect, computer programmer, filmmaker and motorcycle rider. Dark Machines – Presence in the Sublime unites some of these disparate passions to investigate understandings of the sublime. This project brings together sculptural installation and iconic cultural leaders of the 20th century, with the perception of speed and experience of sound.
The artist’s interest in speed comes from a quote by British philosopher Aldous Huxley, who in 1931 claimed that speed was a modern manifestation of the sublime. Lowe questions Huxley’s claim, arguing that the production of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich's Black Square (1915) had earlier resulted in both Malevich and his collaborator, Alexi Morgunov, experiencing intense visual and visceral sensations that indicated a sublime state of being.
This exhibition brings the experiences of Huxley and Malevich together for the first time by proposing that Suprematist sculpture offers a new approach to the sublime. Once a day, the motorcycle engines embedded in the sculptures will be activated, together reach a fleeting moment of maximum speed and sound.
Russell Lowe is in the final stage of a PhD here at UNSW Art & Design.
Image: Russell Lowe, 2016
Imaging The Void: Making The Invisible Visible
Performative Photographs and Drawings, 2011–2016.
John Lethbridge is a renowned Australian artist whose work was included in many leading exhibitions in the late 1970s and ‘80s. After an intensive period of research and study during which he largely withdrew from exhibition and art discourse, this current collection of work represents his first exhibition in almost twenty years.
Imaging the void is a series of images exploring the notion of ‘presence’ in performative photography and performative drawing. Central to the artist’s research is the development of a methodology to capture how the self is revealed through performance-based self-imaging. Key concepts of performative photography are examined across two groupings of works, Flesh Bodies: Performative Photography and Wing Bodies: Performative Drawing.
Flesh Bodies: Performative Photography explores primordial qualities of the Australian bush that can activate a primal nature deep within the unconscious.
By using the maximum depth of field setting on the camera lens and a slow camera speed, the artist sets up a continuum between slow body movements resulting in traces and blurs, and the atmospheric sharpness of the location. The Wing Bodies: Performative Drawing images start with the raw and visually chaotic photographic close-up images of rock formations and other natural forms. Each image is then developed as a single performance.
John Lethbridge is in the final stage of a PhD here at UNSW Art & Design.