New exhibition celebrates the enduring influence of words in art
Now showing at the Deakin University Art Gallery is a new exhibition called Text - Re read. The exhibition acknowledges the importance of words, texts, articles and books, from illuminated manuscripts to la poésie concrète; words and the ideas therein that remain central to artmaking and its reception.
Much has been said about the inspirational muses and the 'Eureka moment' - the flash of insight where sources and origins are revealed and then manifested. This exhibition highlights a slow consideration of the complex relationships between artists, artworks and the ideas embodied in books and many other material sources.
Curated by guest curator Stephen Wickham and Leanne Willis, this exhibition is a celebration of thoughtful engagement with ideas.
Participating artists include: Andrew Christofides, Tracey Coutts, Janet Dawson, Lesley Dumbrell, Suzie Idiens, Raafat Ishak, Simon Klose, Sean Loughrey, Andrew Rogers, Wilma Tabacco and Stephen Wickham.
The exhibition is unique in that if you scan the QR codes next to each artist's work you can watch a video on your device of the artist speaking about their work, with thanks to Ben Gurvich from Benzen Video Productions.
A sample video can be found here: Andrew Rogers | Text – Re read - YouTube.
The books the artists refer to can be found in the cabinets in the centre of the exhibition.
Text - Re read is the second exhibition of the Deakin University Centre for Abstract+Non-Objective Art. The Void: Visible was the inaugural exhibition in November 2017.
24 October – 15 December 2023
Deakin University Art Gallery
Melbourne Burwood Campus (Building FA)
221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125
Monday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm, free entry (closed on public holidays)
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Stephen Wickham Black Cruciform as Stupa Floor Plan 1996 oil on linen. Deakin University Art Collection. © and courtesy of the artist. Photo by Simon Peter Fox.