Artistic matches made in curatorial heaven

Faculty Gallery Flower Painting

Anna White, Flower Painting, oil on Perspex, 2011, 14 x 18.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Local and international artists have chosen works from the Monash University collection and paired it with a work of their own, creating a whole new artistic experience.

Opening on Wednesday 15 February, the Faculty Gallery at Monash University's first exhibition for 2012 will be Museums in the Incident

The unlikely pairing of the artworks enables new associations and understandings to form between the works, some that might have been missed or over-looked by a curator and the wider audience. 

Curator of Museums in the Incident and Fine Art painting lecturer at Monash University, Steven Rendall, says this exhibition presents ten variations of the artist as curator.

“This demonstrates the idiosyncratic, hazardous and purposeful aspects that can be made visible when artworks from either side of a museum’s threshold are temporarily commingled.” Mr Rendall said. 

Gallery Manager, Alicia Renew, views the role of the curator as a key concept to the exhibition. 

“The practice of curating can be viewed as the social instrumentation of the visual arts. Curatorial practice is a way to help understand the relationship between objects and meaning, and art and its perceptions,” Ms Renew said. 

Participating artist Rosie Weiss has created an intimate pairing of her work with a work by Australian artist Maria Kozic, in a response to a recent illness. 

“I couldn’t drag myself away. I could write a thousand pages and still this little painting would speak louder to me, a gaping hole of loss. You learn to live with it, but life is never the same again,” Ms Weiss said. 

Museums in the Incident features work by Eleanor Crook, Ysabelle Dauget, Sam Martin, Michelle Neal, Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock, Benet Spencer, Kristina Tsoulis-Reay, Michael Vale, Rosie Weiss and Anna White alongside selected work from the Monash University Collection by Rick Amor, Mike Brown, Domenico De Clario, John Heartfield, Maria Kozic, Stieg Persson, Yikartu Bumba (Petersen), Celia Rosser, Wolfgang Sievers and Louise Weaver. 

Museums in the Incident will be on display at the Faculty Gallery, Monash University, Caulfield from 15 February to 22 March 2012. Entry is free. 

The exhibition is developed in association with the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), which is responsible for the Monash University Collection. 

The Faculty Gallery is open 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 12-5pm on Saturday.

Opening night will take place on Wednesday 15 February from 5-8pm.