current exhibitions

Amarie Bergman
Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 to Saturday, 14 April, 2018

IMAGE | Amarie Bergman, Perlustrata No.1, floorplan with footprint, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

Perlustrata means ‘shining with light.’ The translucent, snow-white fabric of ‘molo softwall’ configures a pleated line in a phenomenological intervention of geometric simplicity. The line takes the form of a free-standing, three-dimensional oblong within BLINDSIDE Gallery Two that redefines its architectural space. The work intends only to be a non-objective object with a poise not unlike the stillness between two thoughts.

Henry Trumble
Wednesday, 28 March, 2018 to Saturday, 14 April, 2018

IMAGE | Henry Trumble, The Object & The Object (demonstrated), framed darkroom prints | Courtesy the artist.

“The real question was not in the moons, but in himself.”

1Q84, Haruki Murakami.

The Lunatic (origin – to temporarily have your sanity seized by the moon) is a series of work by Henry Trumble that uses lunar images and processes of astronomical discovery to talk about the way that we construct our concept of reality in the universe.

The exhibition also draws from the narrative of 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, wherein the protagonists find themselves in a slightly alternate reality in which two moons hang in the sky and become an important placeholder for their own (new) reality. 

The work in the exhibition includes hand made photographic objects, such as images taken in Germany in 2016 of the closest full moon in 60 years, which have been used to make contact prints using the light from a recent full moon in Australia.

The Lunatic continues to depict the broader process of how we allow fantasy to guide facts where the imagination is as necessary as rational thought in understanding the natural world. This is illustrated in The Object and The Object (Demonstrated), where a strange black form is staged in a scientific experiment. How does the unknown (is this a meteorite?) of the content of the image combine with our drive as humankind to classify and label and thereby understand the world around us?

The question of the power of representation to define our state of understanding of the universe is of course an evolving one. For example, the Earthrise image, the first colour photograph of the earth taken by the Apollo 8 crew while orbiting the Moon, undoubtedly changed the nature of the way we view the Earth as an object in space. Such images become part of our changing collective encyclopaedia of understanding, and a reference point to navigate our personal landscape.

Lina Buck, Garth Howells and Paul Murphy
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 to Saturday, 5 May, 2018

Garth Howells, Studio 118 Throne, 2017, bricks, wood, dust, dirt, oil paint, aerosol, aper, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Site(s) is inspired by how the force and meaning of locations can shape Art making. It explores the processes of each exhibiting artist in relation to space and site. Varied locations manipulate the meaning of art objects, objects that stand as both a response and homage to the site.

Susana Pilar Delhante Matienzo, Adriana Arronte, Diana Fonseca Quiñones, Mia Salsjö, Robyne Latham, Angela Tiatia
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 to Saturday, 5 May, 2018

Susana Pilar Delhante Matienzo, Contacto (Cajón para Ana Mendieta), 2015, video documentation, dimensions variable, 1:06 hours. Courtesy the artist.

Intercambio: Cuba Australia Video Exchange is a part of a five-year artist residency and exchange program between RMIT School of Art and the Wifredo Lam Centre for Contemporary Art, culminating in a presentation of Australian works at the 2019 Bienal de la Habana.

The Video Exchange focuses on the works of six women artists from Cuba and Australia. The exhibition brings into focus shared concerns for artists in the geographical South, with particular emphasis on themes of identity and social participation.