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Ghosts of Self and State

5 April–10 June

Curator: Geraldine Barlow

Artists: Moataz Nasr, Tom Nicholson, Markus Schinwald

Ghosts of self and state reflects on the construction of history, and the potential for agency in contemporary society. It asks, “To what degree do the state and self mirror each other in their construction? If the soul is the ghost in the machine that is the individual, is there an elusive soul-like space within the mechanism of the state?” In a collection of powerful and elegiac works, artists Moataz Nasr (Cairo), Tom Nicholson (Melbourne) and Markus Schinwald (Berlin/Vienna) consider the relationship between the personal and the political,  between autonomy and identification with a group, as well as the persistence of memory – its fragility, recurrence, and passage into myth. Through the use of the motifs of the mask, the actor, the storyteller and the puppet the artworks in the exhibition study the public and private faces adopted by the citizen and the state, the individual and the body politic. For more information...


17 May–22 June

Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design

Charles Blackman, Lynne Boyd, Peter Graham, Graeme Hare, Siri Hayes, Louise Hearman, Nicola Loder, Rosslynd Piggott, Ronnie Van Hout

Curator and text: Kirrily Hammond

Drawn together from the Monash University Collection, the works in this exhibition share an ambiguity of form and meaning that relies on the  viewer’s intuition to decipher and interpret. The origins of the indeterminate and evocative qualities in many of these works might be traced back to the romantic aspirations of the Symbolist movement of the late 19th century. Symbolist artists sought to capture elusive, abstract notions such as moods, emotions and ideas through their highly subjective interpretations of the world around them. Images of nature, figures and cityscapes all became vehicles to express the artists’ inner worlds. The vast realms of memory, emotion and imagination were brought together in idiosyncratic works of art that were both fanciful and beautiful, seducing viewers into their own states of reverie. In looking at subsequent generations of artists who pursue similar philosophical interests, it becomes clear that these are timeless and enduring concerns. For more information...

Jonas Mekas: Celebration of the Small and Personal in the Time of Bigness

13 July–16 August

Faculty Gallery, Faculty of Art and Design

Curator: Liutauras Psibilskis, Max Delany

This acclaimed exhibition was initially developed for the Lithuanian Pavilion of the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and is a project of Lithuanian Art Museum, Vilnius.

Filmmaker, artist, writer, critic and curator Jonas Mekas, a driving force behind American independent cinema and the founder and artistic director of Anthology Film Archives, is presented in an extensive exhibition consisting of video installations and film screenings. The exhibition reflects Jonas Mekas’ philosophy, with particular focus on his ideas of subjectivity. For more information...

Angela Brennan: Every Morning I Wake Up on the Wrong Side of Capitalism

21 June–26 August

Curators: Max Delany, Kyla McFarlane

The Monash University Museum of Art presents a major survey exhibition focusing on the work of leading Australian artist Angela Brennan, to be presented at MUMA in June through August 2006,

Best-known for her colourful abstractions, as well as her irreverent humour, Brennan’s practice encompasses portraiture, text paintings and landscapes. Her beguiling paintings and drawings draw inspiration from diverse realms including formalist abstraction, linguistic philosophy, art history and the unpredictable experience of everyday life. Featuring works from 1975-2006, Angela Brennan: Every morning I wake up on the wrong side of capitalism brings together selected paintings covering the full scope of Angela Brennan’s intriguing oeuvre in its wild abundance and diversity. For more information...

Mira Gojak: Too Near, Too Far

2–6 August

Melbourne Art Fair Project Room

Curator and text: Geraldine Barlow

A black line on white paper exposes the passage of the artist’s hand through time and space, travelling over the paper’s surface and over previous layers and marks. Whatever its physical size, the paper is a vastness, a desert or cosmos of open potentiality which each stroke might either describe, or collapse. In drawing, the artist must negotiate a stream of choices impacting upon how the space between representation and abstraction is navigated, a space between decision and doubt, absence and presence. For more information...

The Last Thing I Remember ...

13 September–12 October

Switchback Gallery, Gippsland Centre for Art and Design

Touring to University Art Gallery, University of Sydney

Artists: Jane Burton, Lily Hibberd, Brie Trennery

Curator and text: Kyla McFarlane

‘The last thing I remember ’ might suggest the recollections of someone emerging from a trauma, unconsciousness, or the fog of deep sleep. As a dramatic device, these words facilitate a drift into memory or dream, and encourage space and place to shift from present to past, or from reality to fantasy. They also articulate a moment of rupture in the narrative seam, allowing certainty to slip away and withholding the surety of cause and effect.

In The last thing I remember … three artists explore the rupture of narrative in the domestic sphere. Moving between interior and exterior, Jane Burton, Lily Hibberd and Brie Trenerry render a sequence of oblique and unsettling psychodramas, employing theatrical and filmic modes of storytelling to suggest moments of tension and intrigue – illicit night encounters, domestic entanglements and menacing bedroom scenarios. For more information...

Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan

6 September–18 November

A multi-part project developed by the Japan Foundation

Artists at MUMA: Nobuya Hoki, Tomoaki Ishihara, Yuki Kimura

Curators: Yukihiro Hirayoshi, Fumihiko Sumitomo and Shihoko Iida, with Philip Brophy, Max Delany, Stuart Koop and Kathryn Hunyor

Rapt! 20 contemporary artists from Japan is an ambitious program of exhibitions, residencies and public events showcasing contemporary Japanese art in Australia. Developed by the Japan Foundation in the year of exchange between Australia and Japan, and based on cross-cultural discussions and research by Japanese and Australian curators, Rapt! explores new channels of communication and the dynamic shifts between the ‘self’ and ‘world’ found in modern societies.

MUMA is pleased to present the work of Nobuya Hoki, Tomoaki Ishihara and Yuki Kimura. The paintings of Nobuya Hoki are influenced by traditional style Japanese painting, manga and anime (and executed with his ‘secret pen’). Hoki’s linear paintings contain a rich diversity of imagery and motifs, including landscape, animals and portraiture. The artist describes his painting technique as ‘adding multiple layers to a single layer’, where distances are exaggerated and scales distorted. For more information...

Before the Body – Matter: Works from the Monash University Collection with Selected Loans

30 November 2006–14 March 2007

Artists: Hany Armanious, Benjamin Armstrong, Donna Bailey, Lauren Berkowitz, Pat Brassington, Christian Capurro, Dale Frank, Mira Gojak, Brent Harris, John Meade, Vera Möller, Susan Norrie, Mike Parr, Ti Parks, Simone Slee, Judy Watson

Curator: Geraldine Barlow

Monash University Museum of Art’s summer exhibition features works from the Monash University Collection, alongside selected loans. Before the Body – Matter considers the body, form and matter. Moving over the skin and inside the body, a passage is mapped between surface and interior, an interior as contained as it is infinite. The Monash University Collection holds a rich array of artworks exploring representations of the body by contemporary Australian artists. Before the Body – Matter brings works from the 1990s into dialogue with recent artistic practice, to explore the ways in which our material and conceptual consideration of the body has evolved and shifted over the past decade. For more information...

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