26 May–3 July 2004
Curator and text: Max Delany
The Incident in the Museum series is an occasional program of newly commissioned exhibitions, projects and events by contemporary artists. The inaugural exhibition in the series features a new, architecturally scaled installation by Stephen Bram who, alongside his practice as a leading abstract painter, has achieved recognition in Australia and Europe for distinguished art projects and commissions developed in relation to architecture.
Stephen Bram’s site-specific, mural-scale wall painting continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between abstract painting and the representation of architecture and spatial perception. For Incident in the Museum 1, Bram transforms the gallery space through a series of dynamic, geometric shapes and planes of colour that are determined according to six perspectival vanishing points (two to each painted wall) which derive from three designated points outside the gallery. The shapes painted on the walls are effectively sections through three dimensional volumes configured in relation to these three points, leading to the sensation of shapes projected and shattering through space.