Depth of field: Contemporary photography from The University of Queensland Art Collection
Until 25 May 2008
Figurative photography in recent decades has often avoided a strict demarcation between documenting and constructing reality. Role playing and performance, memory and history, are parameters touched in the work of contemporary artists Tony Albert, Fiona Foley, Shaun Gladwell, Bill Henson, Rosemary Laing, Mike Parr, Luke Roberts and Jay Younger.
AES+F: Last Riot
28 March – 11 May 2008
‘This split-screen animated video uses the visual language of gaming and fashion advertising to construct a choreographed ballet of bloodless hand-to-hand combat and spectacular transport disasters. Doom-laden, funny and nerve-rackingly fake, [Last Riot] was one of the most memorable new works to emerge at last year’s Venice Biennale’- Sebastian Smee, Art Critic for The Australian, writing of Last Riot at the Adelaide Biennial 2008.
Last Riot is a computer-animated video installation by one of Russia’s most critically acclaimed contemporary art groups, AES+F Group. This three-screen video work is set in a Caravaggio-inspired virtual 3-D world, accompanied by a thunderous Wagnerian soundtrack.
The AES+F Group comprises four Russian artists. Tatiana Arzamasova, Lev Evzovitch and Evgeny Svyatsky have collaborated as AES since 1987, and have worked with photographer Vladimir Fridkes since 1995 (AES+F Group). Arzamasova and Evzovitch are graduates of Moscow Architectural Institute, Svyatskiy is a graduate of Moscow University of Printing Arts, and Fridkes has been a fashion photographer for Russian editions of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and others. In collaboration, their work has included photo-projects, video, sculptures and installations.
Last Riot was shown to high critical acclaim at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, as part of the official Russian Pavilion. Also in 2007, AES+F were included in biennales in Istanbul and Goetheborg, they received a large retrospective at Mramorniy Palace in St Petersburg, and celebrated 20 years of collaboration with a retrospective at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.
The screening of Last Riot at the UQ Art Museum will be the only screening of this work on Australia’s eastern seaboard and is courtesy of Triumph Gallery, Moscow, with kind support of Dr Dick Quan.
View 'AES+F: Last Riot media release' here
Trish Adams: Host
until 6 April 2008
Trish Adams’s work Host is the result of the artist’s residency with the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland. Here she worked with Head of Visual Neuroscience Professor Mandyam Srinivasan and his colleagues in the ‘bee house’.
Research scientists Carla Evangelista and Dr Peter Kraft ‘trained’ honeybees to feed from honey smeared on the palm of the artist’s bare hand. Shot in grey-scale, a scientific focus infuses the work. Captured slow motion in highly magnified detail, this transitory allegiance between artist and bee is reinterpreted, as is the sense of mutual vulnerability. Host reflects the artist’s concern with cutting-edge scientific enquiry and the biological bases for interconnectivity, in this case between humans and bees.
Craig Holmes: Water line
Until 6 April 2008
Holmes draws on memories of carefree childhood summers spent in and around pools, an experience shared by many Australians. His predominantly black and white underwater images fit within and add new elements to a remarkable vernacular of Australian pool and beach culture.
Epson assisted in the production of this series.
View 'Water line media release' here
German expressionist prints 1900–1930
11 April – 25 May 2008
Artists such as Max Beckmann, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Erich Heckel, Käthe Kollwitz, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff feature in this exhibition of German Expressionist prints made between 1898 and 1927. Heckel, Kirchner and Schmidt-Rottluff founded the Dresden-based group Die Brücke in 1905, with Pechstein and Nolde joining in 1906.
Railing against the academy and the bourgeoisie, their work favoured raw emotive images that connected with nature and more elemental techniques, particularly the woodcut. In 1911 the group moved to Berlin, where urban themes and the influence of Cubism and Futurism entered their work. This exhibition of over 30 works includes woodcuts, etchings and lithographs.
Sidney Nolan: The slates
11 APRIL – 13 JULY 2008
Sidney Nolan completed a series of nineteen paintings on slate tiles during 1941 and 1942, eighteen of which entered the University’s collection in 1977 following their exhibition at the Institute of Modern Art in that year.
Nolan recalled his paintings of ‘birds nestled against…spherical forms’ and ‘other subjects, too, on slate tiles which are now in the University of Queensland’s gallery collection… I was interested in the wounded bird looking for help and comfort’ (Sydney Nolan – Australia,1978).
Images of lovers, boats, angels, hands and feet – some suggestive of religious iconography – are sketched with disarming simplicity on fragments of slate.
There goes a Narwhal: Michael Zavros, Nell, Lionel Bawden
11 April – 25 May 2008
Michael Zavros, Nell and Lionel Bawden developed the idea for There goes a Narwhal during a visit to the ‘Lady and the Unicorn’ tapestries at the Musée National du Moyen-Age in Paris, where they discovered a two-and-a-half-metre-long narwhal tooth – a trophy claimed from the unicorn of the sea.
For this exhibition, Michael Zavros has produced a suite of small paintings and drawing on the narwhal and other mythical animal/human hybrids; and Nell has created sculptural works that deal with birth, sex and death: a large shaman woman in bronze is followed by thirty-three small, hand-blown glass ghosts, each representing a year in the artist’s life. Lionel Bawden retains a sense of wonder, responding to the narwhal tooth by carving a mass of coloured pencils, colour glinting in the faceted and spiralling surface.
Until 11 May 2008
This exhibition juxtaposes a diverse range of approaches to the expressive mark in art, the works having a relationship that is not necessarily related to chronology. The freedom of the gesture evident in Ian Fairweather’s calligraphic layering and in Tony Tuckson’s reductive expressionism of the mid-1960s at first glance appears also in the works by Robert MacPherson, Imants Tillers and Mike Parr. However, the works of MacPherson, Tillers and Parr are underpinned by a conceptual approach to mark-making. In his ‘Hand Ritual’ series of drawings, MacPherson covered pages ‘with handfuls of graphite using a very structured repeated gesture’ (MacPherson 1992). Tillers brings a postmodern approach to the expressive mark, so that his grid of canvas boards reads as a ‘second-hand’ expression. Parr’s performative action – suggesting an assault on the body – parodies self expression in the way he utilises the print-making process.
24 May – 13 July 2008
Shaun Gladwell is one of Australia’s most internationally recognised contemporary artists. His work was selected by Venice Biennale artistic director Robert Storr for his curated section in the prestigious 2007 Venice Biennale, and he is included in the forthcoming Biennale of Sydney. Richard Dormant, in his web review of the Venice Biennale for the UK Telegraph, declared Shaun Gladwell to be 'destined for future greatness', finding in his work 'moments of piercing beauty'.
Gladwell’s video works mesmerise with a choreography generated by BMX bikers or skateboarders, capoeira dancers or breakdancers, their gravity-defying sequences emerging in one work from the streets and in another from the landscape. Shaun Gladwell showcases the artist’s recent moving-image works alongside works in other media.
View 'Exciting young artist's work showcased at UQ Art Museum' here
Repeat that again! – The serial impulse in art since the 'sixties
30 May – 13 July 2008
The repeated image that has permeated so much of Australian art since the ‘sixties has various forebears: cinema and Edweard Muybridge, Minimalism, Conceptual and Op art, the mechanically reproduced image and Pop art, avant-garde literature, music and performance, and contemporary suburbia.
Repeat that again! shows how artists over the last four decades – from Robert Rooney and Rosalie Gascoigne to Fiona Foley and Xiao Xian Liu – have used repetition and systems to different ends. Artists have revelled in the play of chance within fixed systems; enjoyed the banality of a set task acted out over time; enmeshed the grid with humour and the everyday to deflate pomposity; targeted the copy for its ‘democracy’ and lack of ‘aura’; signalled the multiplicity of digital worlds; invested repeated forms with the body and the politics of a wider world; and, once more, found room for contemplation.
Repetition has also been paramount in the work of Australia’s Indigenous artists; the work of Dorothy Napangardi and George Tjungurrayi here embeds long-practiced traditions within canvases of dazzling opticality. This exhibition – by no means a definitive survey – highlights how vital repetition and serial imagery have been, and continue to be, for Australian artists.
Curator: Michele Helmrich
Blooms, beauty and babes
Until 13 July 2008
A selection of works from the Stuartholme-Behan Collection of Australian Art and the University of Queensland Art Collection comprising late 19th and early 20th century paintings of flowers, women and children.
On display are works by Rupert Bunny, Julian Ashton, Charles Conder, Mary Christison, Ann Alison Greene, George Lambert, Max Meldrum, Josephine Muntz-Adams, Girolamo Nerli, Albert Ernest Newbury, Harold Parker, Margaret Preston, Lloyd Rees and Arthur Streeton.
neo goth: back in black
25 July – 21 September 2008
goth/ emo/ surf/ indie/ punk: something decidedly dark is permeating all aspects of contemporary culture. From its subcultural origins in eighteenth century literature, through to the movement's dedicated tribes of black-clad youths in the 1980s, Goth culture is no longer underground or fringe, but mainstream. Is this 'new' interpretation of the Gothic aesthetic just that – an aesthetic – or is the neo-Goth impulse a considered response to a darker, more pessimistic world?
The major exhibition neo goth dips beneath the surface and takes a peek at the noir underbelly of Australian culture as it is manifested across art, fashion, film and literature.
DEL KATHRYN BARTON • KRISTA BERGA • JANE BURTON •
DEIDRE BUT-HUSAIM • SEAN CORDEIRO & CLARE HEALY •
ADAM CULLEN • EX DE MEDICI • JULIA DEVILLE • JOHN A
DOUGLAS • JUAN FORD • PAT FOSTER & JEN BEREAN •
DALE FRANK • TONY GARIFALAKIS • SHAUN GLADWELL •
SHARON GOODWIN • JASON GRIEG • DAVID GRIGGS •
HALCYONE • IRENE HANENBERGH • LOUISE HEARMAN •
CHERRY HOOD • TAMMY HONEY • THERESE HOWARD •
NATALYA HUGHES • KIRRA JAMISON • ROSEMARY LAING •
SAM LEACH • BRENDAN LEE • RHYS LEE • PETER MADDEN •
NICK MANGAN • AMANDA MARBURG • TODD MCMILLAN •
CLARE MILLEDGE • VR MORRISON • NELL • SUSAN NORRIE •
MEL O’CALLAGHAN • SHAUN O’CONNOR • STIEG PERSSON •
PATRICIA PICCININI • ALEX PITTENDRIGH • BEN QUILTY •
KATE ROHDE • CAROLINE ROTHWELL • KRYSTAL SCHULTHEISS •
TIM SILVER • DAVID STEPHENSON • GRANT STEVENS • DARREN
SYLVESTER • DANIEL TEMPLEMAN • MONIKA TICHACEK • BRIE
TRENERRY • SAM TUPOU • SHAUN WILSON • HEIDI YARDLEY
neo goth Interperative Guides are availiable for six artists.
- Introduction | Shaun Gladwell | Del Kathryn Barton | Peter Madden
Kate Rohde | Ben Quilty | Patricia Piccinini | Tim Silver
View the publication neo goth: back in black here
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My Humvee (Inversion therapy)
4 September 2008 – 2011
My Humvee (Inversion therapy) by Peter Hennessey is an over-sized, highly detailed rendition of a M1025 HMMWV, more commonly known as a Humvee or Hummer. Hennessey has constructed his version of this modern-day military jeep from black painted plywood and balanced it on its nose so that it looms some six metres above the audience.At fi rst glance, the object’s blunt proportions and monochromatic surface lend it a sense of mournful monumentality. However, on closer inspection the towering block resolves into an upturned jeep, the vehicular features disrupting its minimal elegance.
Commissioned for the 2008 Melbourne Art Fair, the work was recently presented to The University of Queensland by the Melbourne Art Fair Foundation.
Peter Hennessey lives and works in Melbourne. His experimental work is largely based on model making and revolves around an investigation into ‘objects that we all know well – but only virtually, through media’. At a time when we are increasingly obsessed with all things virtual, Hennessey wants to explore all things physical. In recent years, he has also investigated the extraordinary products of the space race.
Through artists eyes: Tracey Moffatt and Gordon Bennett
26 September – 16 November 2008
Through artists’ eyes features a selection of works by Queensland artists Gordon Bennett and Tracey Moffatt. In Tracey Moffatt’s First jobs series of 2008, the artist re-visits the dreary jobs she undertook as a teenager and art student. Moffatt inserts herself into twelve found images of Queensland workplaces, their high-keyed colour replicating the look of 1970s magazine illustrations. The cheery and up-beat images carry a certain irony. Now a highly successful artist, Moffatt says she is ‘resentful and appalled at the work I had to do to survive’, be it at a pineapple cannery, fruit market, canteen or corner store. Tracey Moffatt’s First jobs series is a major new acquisition for the University’s collection.
Gordon Bennett’s series of self-portrait prints of 2003 form a dialogue with the way in which an artist’s ‘signature’ style offers a form of self-portraiture. He overlays his own face with recognisable styles ranging from Pablo Picasso to Roy Lichtenstein, in a sense using their appropriated style as a mask, while a second layer of reference alludes to his identity as an Indigenous person. Ben-day dots used in the printing process and in Lichtenstein’s work, for instance, remind the viewer of the dots of Central Desert Indigenous art.
In recent years, the University has begun to develop a focussed collection of artists’ self portraits, the only collection of its kind in Australia. The first art work acquired by The University of Queensland, in 1929, was a self portrait by Mary Christison. The University of Queensland National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize – a prize by invitation only which was first held in 2007 – was won by Ben Quilty, a Sydney-based artist.
Judith Wright: Conversations
3 October – 16 November 2008
Judith Wright: Conversations surveys the wall paintings, artist books and video works of this Brisbane-based artist from 1990 to the present.
This exhibition also coincides with the launch of a major publication covering her work from 1987–2007.
View 'Ancient poems inspire artworks' here
Pat Hoffie: Madame Illuminata Crack's phantasmagorical armchair for ecologically sustainable recreation
10 October – 16 November 2008
In this exhibit the benefits of self betterment through art, travel and exercise are brought together in a way that completely avoids the necessity of exertion of any kind. Bereft of ideas, aesthetics and physiological understanding, the exhibit postulates a new way of engaging with the mind, the body and the region itself.
Drawing from extensive data compiled during package holiday experiences, gym workouts, aimless netsurfing and intermittent astral armchair travelling, this work promises nothing for the future.
View the publication Fully exploited labour here
View 'One-of-a-kind installation opens at UQ Art Museum' here
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.
NEW: Selected recent acquisitions 2007–2008
28 November – 1 February 2009
An exciting array of new acquisitions is featured in this exhibition. Works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists are included, such as Tony Albert, Fiona Foley, Shaun Gladwell, Gwyn Hanssen-Pigott, Samantha Hobson, Craig Koomeeta, Rosemary Laing, Amanda Marburg, Arthur Koo'ekka Pambegan Jnr, Sandra Selig and Alick Tipoti.
Recent donations and gifts will also be highlighted in this exhibition.
View the publication NEW:Selected recent acquisitions 2007–2008 here
View 'NEW artworks on show for summer' here