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Exhibitions & Events Archive - 1999

Minimal Collateral Damage

5 December 1999 - 23 January 2000

minimal collateral damage install
Minimal Collateral Damage, installation view, JCG, 1999

An exhibition of graduating Postgraduate and Honours students from the School of Art, Curtin University of Technology. The following students will have works exhibited;

Ivan Bannon
Peter Bowles
Vanessa Buemi
Sarah Byrne
Zoy Crizzle
Melanie Dare
Sarah Elson
Donna Ettrick
Shane Finn
J.M. (Jeff) Fitzgerald
Jenny Freeman
Richard Giblett
Shannon Howie
Joan Johnson
Kalin Kosturkov
Nick Miller
Renee McClymont
Clare McFarlane
Kate McMillan
Andrew Nicholls
Rodney O’Brien
Adrian Reeve
Neale Ricketts
Jean-Marc Rivalland
Gina Sjepcevich
Patrick Spencer
Linda Stokes
Sandy Teng
Theresa Vincent
Linda Vujcich
Pauline White
Pauline Williams
Julie Wilson-Foster
Toni Zadow

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Saltwater Country: Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country

5 – 28 November 1999

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Saltwater Country: Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country, installation view, JCG, 1999

This exhibition consists of around 80 bark paintings depicting the artists’ relationships with the sea and creatures of the waters. The paintings are up to three metres in length and painted with the ochres of the land itself.

Four of the sixty participating artists, Baluka Maymuru, Bakulangay Marawili, Boliny Wanambi and Naminapu Maymuru, will be at the opening at the John Curtin Gallery on 4 November, in conjunction with leaders and elders from the local Aboriginal Noongar community.

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Water Medicine

17 September - 27 October 1999

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Water Medicine, instalation view, JCG, 1999

Water Medicine, a John Curtin Gallery travelling exhibition, showcases the work of 12 Australian artists from a variety of backgrounds and diverse professional practices who muse on the use of water in the fabrication and display of their pieces.

Works range from ornate jewellery, textiles and glass to large installations and audio recordings. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, which includes several essays and poetry by Australian writers.

As a collection, the works demonstrate the multitude of different ways that water is perceived and affects the inhabitants of this dry continent.

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Dis.location: Discovery in the out of place

17 September - 27 October 1999

Who are we? What is our place within the world? How is meaning produced?

The theme linking this selection of prints and drawings from the Curtin University of Technology Art Collection is the idea of making alternative meaning through disruption. The works explore a sense of dislocation, the notion that a shift in perspective can allow a total rethinking of place and identity. This allows the viewer to create alternative meanings, new narratives and discoveries in the out of place.

Jeffrey Smart, Stephanie Jones, Marilyn Moore, Steven Holland and Cathy Gordon explore the disjunction of the industrial landscape. They use familiar images to create fragmented portrayals of the city revealing both chaos and cohesion.

Artists including John Firth-Smith, Phil Burns, Margaret Woodward, Gina Cinnani, Richard Hook and David Warren describe the experience of the landscape by disengaging it from a specificity of representation, in order to invoke the feeling of its vastness of scope and intensity of line and colour.

Artworks by Elsje van Keppel, Leanne Emmitt, Mary Moore, Chris Hopewell, Arthur Boyd, Priscilla Kelly and John Cattapan explore the sense of self and identity, the negotiation between body, mind and that which surrounds them.

The works of Juan Davila, Hans Arkeveld, Rachel Buckeridge, Jurek Wybraniec and Colin Lanceley create disorderly structures as a means of exploring alternative stories about the broader workings of society.

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Towards a Theory of Everything
Lyndell Brown, Charles Green and Patrick Pound

30 July - 8 September 1999

This exhibition features four massive but delicately articulated photo-based collages, and is the result of more than a year’s collective exploration and experimentation. The works were made collaboratively by Australian artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, and well-known New Zealand artist Patrick Pound.

The collages explore the way in which history is reclaimed and revised through an often haphazard process of acquisition and archive.

Still Life with Taps
Carol Rudyard

30 July - 8 September 1999

Recently acquired for the Curtin University Art Collection, Still Life with Taps is a major addition to the Collection by this important Australian artist.

Rudyard’s 1981 installation is a montage of images and sounds, with lush ferns, gold taps, and a soft voice giving a luxurious feel to the glossy white bathroom setting where the face of Marcel Proust appears in the gleaming tiles. Large, glamorous images appear and dissolve in dreamlike layers and the sound of running water soothes and seduces.

Carol Rudyard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Curtin University of Technology in March 1999.

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In My Mother's Garden
Brenda L. Croft

30 July - 8 September 1999

Following the death of both her brother and her father less than two years apart, Brenda L. Croft found herself wishing to retrace and reinvent essential elements of her past.

This saw her return to her birthplace, Perth, to visit her old house and photograph her mother’s garden.

The result is a series of 48 prints that serve as a tribute to Croft’s family. It incorporates genuine family snapshots from her childhood along with present day images of the place, overlayed with fragments of text.

Contact: Unstable Fields of Power
Curtin University School of Art & Institut Teknologi Bandung collaboration / On-line Artists Exchange Project

8 – 25 July 1999

In 1997, a student exchange between Curtin University School of Art and Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) in Indonesia was funded through the University Mobility in Asia Program of the Department of Education, Employment and Youth Affairs. Following its success, the possibility of an artists exchange was raised.

The result was an experimental artists exchange, consisting of four artists living in Bandung and four in Perth. The process was conducted on-line, via Internet relay chat conferencing, emails, telephone conferencing, the exchange of digital files and other modes of communication.

The artists’ process of working together involved regular conceptual discussions, the sharing of ideas and skills and for some, collaboration on an artwork.

The end product of the program is an exhibition at Galeri Soemardja at ITB and this exhibition at the John Curtin Gallery.

Contact features works by Rick Vermey, Matthew Hunt, Amanda Alderson and Kathy Barber from Perth, and Rikrik Kusmara, Krisna Murti, W. Christiawan and Diyanto from Indonesia.

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re-emplace & Celestial Charts

8 – 25 July 1999

re-emplace install
re-emplace, installation view, JCG, 1999

re-emplace consists of two installations by Sally Smart and Suzann Victor. Their works combine the everyday or commonplace and the extraordinary, with results that are uncanny and eerie, yet enticing and at times humorous.

As prominent contemporary artists from Australia and Singapore respectively, both Smart and Victor explore issues of the body and memory from a feminist perspective, by using simple materials such as felt, fabric, dolls and mirrors.

For the artists, re-emplace is not constructed upon dualities of Australia and Asia, or East and West, but rather on dissolving boundaries and finding freedom in doing so.

Celestial Charts is an exhibition by Noelene Lucas, a Sydney based artist who has worked and exhibited extensively in Thailand and India
over the last decade.

The two floor installations presented are star charts in the form of thousands of almost identical small dishes laid out in a grid.
Lucas’ art challenges us to consider how we know the sky, the world and the universe, how can we imagine ourselves within it, what is our position, and how do we draw a map of this place?

distant horizons

23 February - 23 May 1999

distant horizons draws on the Curtin University of Technology Art Collection, and a generous loan of Rosalie Gascoigne’s Plein Air from the collection of Ian and Sue Bernadt.

The selection of works includes some of the most prominent local and national contemporary artists. The works from the exhibition evoke through anthology and metaphor the distant horizon of the Australian landscape in the heat of summer. At the horizon the land melts into the sky and the physical evidence of human occupation joins together with visions and memories. In distant horizons the artists distil their observations of the space around them- entropy and light bleach all but the artists recover and make visible the space around us.

Much of the work can be characterized by its active use of largely empty space. The material means employed are simple, even reductive, pared back, sun baked and rusted. They have, as Rosalie Gascoigne says about her own work, ‘had the sun and wind on them’.

distant horizons features works by;

Sandra Black
Brian Blanchflower
Cathy Blanchflower
Lesley Duxbury
Galliano Fardin
John Firth-Smith
Rosalie Gascoigne
Richard Giblett
Rodney Glick
Ron McCormick
John Peart
Howard Taylor
George Yapa Tjangala
Jurek Wybraniec

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