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Curtin University of Technology
John Curtin Gallery

Exhibitions & Events Archive - 2000

10 December - 17 December 2000

An exhibition of works by Post-graduate and Honours students from the School of Art, Curtin University of Technology.

This exhibition presents new work by outstanding School of Art Students who have undertaken to strengthen their artistic practice within a chosen discipline. Work in the exhibition varies from painting, sculpture, print media, installation, video, jewellery, ceramics to fibre-textiles.

School of Design
2 November - 3 December 2000

An annual exhibition of works by postgraduate students from Curtin's School of Design.

The Poisoned Well
Pip McManus

3 November – 3 December 2000

Pip McManus is an Alice Springs-based ceramic artist.

The Poisoned Well is a meditative installation of 100 green ceramic hands, displayed on the wall in a shape resembling an eye or leaf. Each hand carries the imprint of a leaf on the palm.

The hands can be interpreted as the Buddhist palm symbol, stop signs, or metaphors for the mass of humanity.

Ultimately, the piece comments on genocide, one of the most disturbing social issues of the 20th century. The hands can be seen to represent the victims. On a shelf next to the piece is a 100-page book, which records acts of genocide that have occurred all over the world.

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2 November - 3 December 2000

Through the work of contemporary artist Holly Story and selected heritage embroideries, Fancywork investigates how embroidery has played an instrumental role in constructing a sense of place in the domestic world of West Australia.

What John Berger Saw
14 September - 22 October 2000

In 1972, John Berger's groundbreaking TV series Ways of Seeing altered the way we think about art. What John Berger Saw presents the works of 13 Australian artists reflecting the influence of Berger's ideas on their art practise. Curated by Merryn Gates. Toured by ANU Canberra School of Art Gallery, supported by Visions of Australia, The Gordon Darling Foundation & The British Council.

The Exhibition is supported by a weekly lecture and film series, featuring some of Berger's episodes from Ways of Seeing and recent work. Details of this can be found in the calendar section of the website.

Mechanical Eye
14 September - 22 October 2000

An exhibition of photographic & video works from the Curtin Art Collection. The exhibition considers the theories of Walter Benjamin's influential essay "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction".

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Warp & Weft
28 July – 3 September 2000

Warp & Weft is an exhibition of large-scale tapestries by international, national and local artists. The late 20th century tapestries come from Curtin University’s art collection and other WA collections.

The tapestries are made from a variety of materials, ranging from traditional wool, cotton and silk to more experimental resources like glad wrap and plastic bags.

Included in the exhibition are famous works by Sydney artist John Coburn, as well as works by contemporary local artists Antoinette Carrier and Jo Mills.

Passing Bells
John Walker

28 July – 3 September 2000

Passing Bells, the title of John Walker’s collection of 27 etchings, is taken from the first line of poet Wilfred Owen’s Anthem For Doomed Youth. A passing bell was rung when someone was dying, to scare away evil spirits and to call on Christians to pray for the soul’s safe journey, or after death it was rung once for each year of the person’s life. It was a tradition denied the soldiers who met their deaths in the trenches during World War 1.

In Passing Bells, Walker uses etchings to provide visual equivalents to the personal damage resulting from war. It is his major work to date in printmaking, an area in which he has 20 years experience.

Freedom Between Art and Transgression

28 July – 3 September 2000

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Freedom Between Art and Transgression, installation view, JCG, 2000

The John Curtin Gallery and the Italian Institute of Culture have joined forces to present this travelling exhibition.

Fifty-six contemporary Italian artists have contributed their work to the John Curtin Gallery in response to the theme Freedom Between Art and Transgression. The artists’ works are based on personal interpretations of the theme, largely dealing with the notion of breaking the mould of traditional thinking.

Complementing this exhibition is Ai Margini, a collection of works by local contemporary artists of Italian descent.

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Ai Margini

28 July – 3 September 2000


Ai Margini is an exhibition of works by local contemporary artists of Italian descent, curated by Rina Franz.

The artists featured in the exhibition live and work in Western Australia and include Gina Cinanni, Carmela Corvaia, Mark Datodi, Rosa Della Torre, Galliano Fardin, Rina Franz, Connie Petrillo and Patrizia Tonello.

Ai Margini and related educational activities are presented in Perth under the patronage of the Consulate of Italy in Western Australia.

Ai Margini is running alongside the Freedom Between Art and Transgression travelling exhibition.

POW Drawings
Howard Taylor

17 July - 21 July 2000

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Howard Taylor, POW Drawings, installation view, JCG, 2000

In 1937 Howard Taylor joined the Royal Australian Air Force and learned how to fly a plane. He enlisted in the RAAF on 21 July, 1937. He was awarded the Sword of Honour as the outstanding pilot of the year whilst stationed at Point Cook, Victoria. On 25 July, 1938 he transferred to the RAF, relocating to the United Kingdom.

On 11 September, 1939 war was declared, and Taylor was captured on 19 May, 1940. He was interned as a P.O.W. and spent time in camps in Germany and Poland until the end of the war. During this time he developed an interest in art and drawing.

This exhibition features Taylor’s artwork documenting his experiences from this time.

POW Drawings holds significant historical interest for ex-service people and members of the West Australian community.

Added Dimension

1 June - 9July 2000

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Added Dimension, installation view, JCG, 2000

This exhibition features three-dimensional works by graduates of the School of Art, Curtin University of Technology. It provides an overview of different aspects of object making and sculptural artistic practice in Western Australia.

Some of the artists exhibiting in Added Dimension are Hans Arkeveld, Sandra Black, Helen Britton, Cathy Cinnani, Kevin Draper, Sarah Elson, Caroline Stanbrook and Jurek Wybraniec among others. Many of the artists involved have long associations with the University as either staff or students.

All exhibitions are accompanied by a series of Wednesday lunchtime talks.

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Requiem & Cross Currents
Dennis Del Favero & Tony MacGregor

7 April - 2 July 2000

Requiem is a video installation and web site by Dennis Del Favero and Tony MacGregor. It is a multimedia project which was developed and premiered in the historic Landeszeughaus Arsenal in Graz, Austria, in 1999. In a museum of 16th-18th century armour and weaponry, the installation linked contemporary and historical images of war in Kosovo to consider the connections between war and masculinity.

Its presentation in the John Curtin Gallery extends this dialogue further through video, to investigate the role of war as a critical site for the formation of masculine identity. Requiem questions the boundaries of human sexuality and the complex forces that form our identities.

Cross Currents is a video installation and CD-Rom by Dennis Del Favero, with sound design by Tony MacGregor. It is a multimedia project which was developed and premiered at ZKM Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany. The project investigates the interpersonal dynamics of the contemporary sex slave trade in Western Europe.

Haynes to O'Connor: Western Australians and Water

4 February – 24 May 2000

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Haynes to O'Connor: Western Australians and Water, installation view, JCG, 2000

A dry continent surrounded by sea, the image of water as a life force, as barrier or shield, as playground or resource is documented in the long history of works created by artists living on the western edge of Australia. The works on display in Haynes to O’Connor: Western Australians and Water are an exploration of local responses to water.

This exhibition includes works drawn from the collection of Edith Cowan University, the Holmes á Court Collection and Curtin University of Technology.

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Beneath the Surface: The Video of Bill Viola

4 February – 29 March 2000

Beneath the Surface is co-presented by the John Curtin Gallery and the Perth International Arts Festival.

Bill Viola’s accomplished work in video installation has made him one of the most significant American contemporary artists. He has developed a distinctive visual vocabulary to investigate the most primal human emotions. Throughout his work, Viola probes the edges of consciousness and the experience of time’s passage.

Major exhibitions of Viola’s work have been held throughout Europe and North America.