Leslie Eastman: Heliotrope

Leslie Eastman: Heliotrope

  • 15 February – 4 March 2017
  • Opening: Saturday 18 February, 12–2pm
    Dawn Viewing: Saturday 4 March, from 6.30am

  • BLINDSIDE
    Level 7, Room 14, Nicholas Building
    37 Swanston Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000

  • Leslie Eastman: Heliotrope website
Dr Leslie Eastman, A History’s Shadow, Light Projects, 2011

An exhibition of works by MADA Senior Lecturer Dr Leslie Eastman that explores metaphors of light and our relationship to a larger context.

Heliotrope explores the material of light in two ways. Firstly, through the use of the camera obscura, the naturally occurring optical marvel used repeatedly by Leslie Eastman to reflect on how the world sees itself and to relate spaces near and far. Heliotrope also shows video footage of dawn and dusk filmed at Europe’s first commercial Solar power station in Andalucía, Spain. The two encounters contrast presence and duration in our encounter with light.

This exhibition runs concurrently with The Illuminated Field also presented by Eastman at the Islamic Museum of Australia in Thornbury. A ‘call and response’ exchange is established between the two locations with The Illuminated Field providing an extended, immersive experience of the light harvesting experience.

Join the artist at BLINDSIDE from 6.30am, Saturday 4 March, for a dawn viewing at 7.07am (civil twilight starts 6.39am) with a performed reading at 7.05am by the artist + guest readers. Heliotrope addresses the contingency of light. This exhibition is dependent on natural light levels. A dawn viewing of the camera obscura will provide a peak experience of the optical phenomena. The dawn viewings will be accompanied by a performed reading of texts addressing the visible and invisible dimensions of light.

The artist wishes to acknowledge the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and Abengoa Solar.