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13 February to 6 April
Lisa Roet: Monkey Grip
Including sculpture, etchings, drawings, photography and animation, this exhibition displays the committed and multidisciplinary approach of artist Lisa Roet to her ongoing preoccupation with apes and monkeys. Monkey Grip highlights the role of the artist as a researcher and advocate, and a thematic drive that advances the close proximities and perplexing relationship between simian and human.
Curated by Victor Griss, Deakin University.
17 April to 25 May
Beyond the city: Art from the suburban studio
Too often when we think of artists we imagine them in the centre of the CBD surrounded by the bustle of the central city area and yet global concerns and themes don't just occupy the art of the city artist. They also inform and shape the thoughts and processes of the artist working alone in their suburban studio. See the miscellany of art created across the City of Whitehorse in this surprising exhibition which displays the work of Philip Davey, Peter Lyssiotis, Theo Strasser, Kari Henriksen and Cresside Collette and includes ceramics, prints, artist books, paintings and textiles.
Curated by Jacquie Nichols-Reeves, City of Whitehorse and Leanne Willis, Deakin University.
5 June to 13 July
Robert Hague: Deca: 2003-2013
The singular and yet ordinary image of a hammer, left casually atop a plinth, inspired a profound change in the art and thinking of Robert Hague. This simple hammer, appearing to usurp an unmade sculpture, rich in metaphor and replete with a history of creation and destruction, was to become a path from abstraction to appropriation and the conceptual.
Deca: 2003-2013 includes models, prints and sculpture from this 10 year period and describes a journey of experimentation and reflection for an artist willing to embrace change.
Robert Hague (born 1967), is a nationally recognised artist living and working in Melbourne. Since 1985, he has participated in more than 80 exhibitions and won various awards including the Deakin University Contemporary Sculpture Award (2010) and the Director's Prize at Sculpture by the Sea (1999).
24 July to 31 August
Alison Bennett: Shifting Skin
Alison Bennett is a PhD candidate at Deakin University undertaking a 'creative practice as research' project in digital photography. This body of work is an examination of surface and embodiment via digital encounter. Working with representations of human skin captured with a re-purposed flatbed scanner, Bennett has complicated the notion of digital photographic surface with an overlay of augmented reality that projects out of the physical print into virtual space. The image has not been translated back into a simulation of a limb or torso but wrapped around a landscape of peaks and valleys describing the tonal scale within the surface of the subject, the pigmentation of scars, tattoos, skin tone and texture.
11 September to 19 October
Alex Zubryn: The Urban Experience
People, Nature and Place
This survey of Alex Zubryn's paintings immerses us in the complexity of urban scenes and vibrant community life as he experiences them. Zubryn identifies with urban environments, creating a psychological response to the inhabitants - animate and inanimate - of his locale. Included are images that remind us of the landforms that co-exist within the city and trees that seem vulnerable in relation to the built environment. Intrinsic to his response to the urban experience are his painterly interpretations of the anatomy and surfaces of various indigenous trees. Caught in his focus are areas such as median strips and sidewalks with hard rubbish. In responding to his surroundings, Alex offers alternative routes for viewing the urban and the nature of those who inhabit his world.
30 October to 14 December
Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
In its fifth year, this annual acquisitive award and exhibition is organised by the Art Collection and Galleries Unit at Deakin University. One outstanding entry will be awarded $10 000. The award winning sculpture will become part of the Deakin University Art Collection. Applications for the award close on 16 August 2013. The winner will be announced at the opening of a six week exhibition of finalists' works.