Light and darkness visit the Potter

April 15 / 155

Brook Andrew, Replicant series: Owl 2005. 
Ilfochrome print, 130 x 195 cm, © Brook Andrew, reproduced courtesy of the artist and Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art
Brook Andrew, Replicant series: Owl 2005. 
Ilfochrome print, 130 x 195 cm, © Brook Andrew, reproduced courtesy of the artist and Wesfarmers Collection of Australian Art

 

Works focusing on light and darkness, and how light creates and reveals our world, are on exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.

 

The exhibition Luminous World: Contemporary art from the Westfarmers Collection, presents a diverse selection of paintings, photography and works of sculpture in a consideration of how contemporary artists explore the phenomenon of light in their work.

 

Some 50 artists from Australia and New Zealand are featured in the exhibition including: Susan Norrie, Rosemary Laing, Howard Taylor, Dale Frank, Paddy Bedford, Bill Henson, Fiona Pardington (NZ), Brian Blanchflower, Brook Andrew, Timothy Cook and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

 

Included alongside the art is a major new body of poetry by John Kinsella, written in response to works in the exhibition. 

 

"To know and experience light and its effects however, one must equally understand its other – darkness. Together, these concerns create an exhibition experience that is at once intellectual, emotional and experiential,” Ian Potter Museum of Art Director, Ms Kelly Gellatly said.

 

"In bringing together works across a range of media by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, Luminous World successfully showcases both the depth and continuing resonance of contemporary Australian practice in a rich, open-ended and exploratory conversation about light.”

 

The Wesfarmers Collection was started in 1977, and is housed in the Wesfarmers offices around Australia and shared with the community through a loan and exhibition program.

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