THE ABYSS: STRATEGIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART
25 July – 28 September 2019
With the capacity to elicit simultaneous experiences of pleasure and disgust, binding the sublime to the puerile, artists have employed strategies to generate schisms in the psyche: those moments where understanding is stalled, language fails, where chimeras or monsters are registered, and where taboos are challenged.
Legacies of boundary-challenging artists are resonant in the context of the 21st century, and this exhibition showcases the ways in which diverse Australian artists have developed strategies to contend with a world shaped by capitalist structures.
Artworks employ push-pull tensions of seduction and repulsion – towards the abject and informé, to the ornamental, erotic and transgressive, and those that consider historical grotesques to explore contemporary issues of race and identity.
Curator: Naomi Evans