Please take note that the 2 Danks Street Complex will again be closed the Easter long weekend.
The photographic and filmic exhibition, ‘Apparitions‘ by Nicole Welch, sees circular images of early European depictions of the Australian landscape projected onto waterside cliffs and foggy forest scenery. This juxtaposition of idealised beauty and the natural beauty of Welch’s chosen terrain is not jarring, as one may expect, as the projections are textured by and therefore integrated into the surface of their rocky backdrops. In this body of work, the reflective quality of the water’s surface sees the doubling of both the landscape and the circular projections, which have the presence of portals into another world.
Peter Tilley’s ‘Figure in the Landscape’ embodies his signature sense of contemplative calmness. This body of work also sees Tilley inject bold colours into his usual palette of dark and earthy tones, pairing a vibrant red figure with charcoal grey and situating a deep blue figure amidst textural wooden blocks. The title of Tilley’s exhibition is engaged with playfully, placing androgynous individuals in an encroaching urban landscape, raised above a domestic environment and, characteristically, in proximity to one lone tree centered on a hemispherical hill.
Delving through the dLux Media Arts archives, curator Sarah Vandepeer conceived the current screening of ‘Scanlines Remix’ under the common thread of portraiture. This grouping begins with Denis Beaubois’ video of gradually morphing faces, dealing with issues of race, identity and wrongful imprisonment. Ray Harris presents a woman affected by wind, releasing a white powder from her mouth. Surrounded by dusted eyelashes, her piercing gaze finally stares back at the viewer. Kate Murphy’s self-portrait shows the artist sobbing whilst listening to the audio of a psychic card reading, expressing the anxiety that comes with an uncertain future. Lastly, James Newitt presents a performance, capturing a silent disco unleashed onto the streets.