Watching Clouds Pass the Moon

10 June – 31 July 2016

The pace of modern living is rarely generous with moments to pause. Increasingly, confusion replaces certainty on what constitutes quality of life and being satiated in the everyday. The artists in Watching Clouds Pass the Moon suggest or contemplate alternate methods of filling day hours, imagining a different role for the human action that satisfies non-monetary rewards, in contrast to the human action propelled towards the infinite accumulation model. Contemporary DIY techniques and modern versions of hunting and gathering are mined and explored in artistic ways to form an exchange in tandem with the passive viewer experience. Artists: Benjamin Gallagher (Australia), Valentina Karga (Greece/Germany), Nicole Monks (Australia), Eiko & Koma (Japan/USA), Glenn Barkley (Australia), Izabela Pluta (Australia), and Diego Bonetto (Italy/Australia).

A gallery project curated by Ineke Dane, in consultation with Meryl Ryan.

[image, detail] Valentina Karga 30 Days in the Garden / 15 Days on Mars, 2014, photo documentation from project residency, Mars Desert Research Station, Utah, USA © the artist.

Your Collection: presence and absence

10 June – 25 September 2016

Drawn from the gallery’s collection, this exhibition presents a series of works with the power to evoke ideas, memories and places without recourse to the representational image. In creating works with no discernible figurative presence, the implied absence serves to heighten our own sense of being. Each of the artists in this exhibition has created works that inhabit the spaces between the visible and imagined worlds, and in doing so encourage us into a state of contemplation, reflection and invention. Included in the selection are works by Ian Friend, Jonathan Jones, Brett McMahon and Ahn Wells.

A gallery project curated by Rob Cleworth.

[image, detail] Ahn Wells Untitled III, 2002, mixed media on Stonehenge paper, 80 x 60 x 5cm. Gift of the artist through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2011. Collection Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery © the artist.