Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: exhibition as study
The artist group Damp was founded in 1995 in a class at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA), Melbourne. Over two decades, their practice has negotiated the relationship between art, artist and audience, and the position art holds in life – in both a social and personal sense.
For the exhibition Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: exhibition as study, the artists’ entire archive has been transported to MADA Gallery. Artworks, documentation and ephemera are progressively installed following a timeline structure stretching around the Gallery, creating a cumulative portrait of a practice that spans over two decades.
Curator Rosemary Forde presents this ‘exhibition as study’ as an alternative form of the retrospective, actively working with the artists’ collected body of work throughout the exhibition, developing a catalogue raisonné and archive inventory in the process.
Damp has included more than 70 members over the past 22 years, and the group currently consists of Narelle Desmond, Sharon Goodwin, Deb Kunda and James Lynch.
This exhibition reprises the 2016 project Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: study of an artist at 21 and forms the final examination element of Rosemary Forde’s PhD in Curatorial Practice at MADA.