Image: Karla Dickens Sleeping Beauty IV from the series ‘Black and Blue’ 2016, mixed media, 120 x 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.

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

Image: Karla Dickens Sleeping Beauty IV from the series ‘Black and Blue’ 2016, mixed media, 120 x 120cm.
Courtesy the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane