Past Exhibitions

Image courtesy the artist

DIGITAL: THE WORLD OF ALTERNATIVE REALITIES

Digital Art

Professor Tim Flannery

Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Melbourne University

 

We only need to reflect on the way that the net and social media are influencing our lives to understand how digital technologies are profoundly altering how we relate to each other, and the world. But over coming decades digital technologies will extend their reach into transport (via driverless electric vehicles), medical care (via robotics), our relationship with the natural world (through webcam), and the wellsprings of human creativity, through the creation of digital art.

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Acrylic wall paint on wall. 334 x 640 cm. Courtesy the artist and KANT, Copenhagen and Galerie Jahn, Munich.

THE INFINITE LOOP

August – November, 2016

 

The English translation of the French term ‘Mise en Abyme’ is ‘Placed into Abyss’.

The abyss can be understood as the limbo that lies in between states of being. This abyss is an idea, a concept, an abstract quality. It is something that is felt just as much as it is seen.

Geometric abstraction uses reference and subjectivity to bridge the real world and the non-objective world. Abstraction therefore exists within this abyss between the two settings. Abstract art gains sustenance from continuously producing perceptual loops, spanning the abyss between itself and the viewer.

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Peter Daverington, Arcadia 2012, high definition single channel blue-ray video, 9minutes
DIVINE ABSTRACTION
 April – June, 2016

ABSTRACT DIVINE IN ART

Catalogue essay by Dr Rachael Kohn

The Moderns who coined a new sacred language

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) the author, poet and critic, prophetically described the artist’s contribution to a new metaphysical language when he wrote of the cubist art of his day, which “borrowed not from the reality of sight, but from the reality of insight”.

A century later the relevance of this statement could not be more evident.  As the West’s third-millennium culture drifts ever further away from the richly illustrated fables, myths and narratives that are foundational to its religious traditions, so it becomes less and less able to discern their meaning and ascent to their truth.

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