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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Ms & Mr, Study for retrograde motion, 1988/2008, VHS rotoscoped with composite HDV and animation, two channel, silent, infinite loop. © Courtesy the artists and Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
Song of sirens is an exhibition that brings us close to the imaginative workings of six artists from three generations. Some artists lead us to encounter risk and discovery: in accepting their invitations to experience their work, we may venture along unfamiliar pathways. These types of encounters are not just at the centre of the work in this exhibition, they are essential to contemporary art.
In Song of sirens, the experiences, methods, emotions, and motifs, that inspire these artists coalesce in a ‘strange harmony of contrasts’, offering an experience akin to being immersed in a deep pool. This exhibition presents material and cultural spaces, and an abstract language of sense and sensation, where attention is directed towards wholeness and depth. These artists’ energies move forward, behind, and around us, as temporal, physical, or spatial phenomena.
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014