Past Exhibitions

Living deadly: haunted surfaces in contemporary art

21 July 2010 to 19 September 2010

LAST DAYS!

Missed the panel discussion? Listen online to Helen Ennis, Anne Ferran, Rod McNicol and Stephen Zagala as they discuss 'Photography and the return of the dead'.

Art has an uncanny ability to re-animate the dead or forgotten and make it relevant to our lived experience. Throughout the history of both Western and non-Western traditions, artists summon ghosts of the past and give them a physical presence through the palpable artistic sensations of colour, form and texture.

Living deadly includes work by Brook Andrew, Anne Ferran, John Gollings, Ruark Lewis, John Mawurndjul, Rod McNicol, eX de Medici, James Morrison and Robyn Stacey.

This exhibition has been specifically inspired by the way contemporary Indigenous artists from Arnhem Land talk about their use of finely painted cross-hatching or rarrk. The optical effects produced by these highly patterned surfaces are said to make the viewer feel the presence of the ancestors. Extending this notion across a range of contemporary art practices, Living deadly explores ways in which optical effects are used to make the viewer physically aware of things beyond their physical reality.

Current Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • Not standing still: new approaches in documentary photography

Past Exhibitions

Atrium Gallery

  • Arts action: exploring the personal and political
  • Atrium Gallery – information

Travelling Exhibitions

  • John Gollings: the history of the built world
  • The light fades but the gods remain | Bill Henson
  • Robyn Stacey: as still as life

Bowness Prize

  • 2019 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2018 William & Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2017 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2016 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2015 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2014 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2013 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2011 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
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