The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery produces and presents exhibitions of Australian and international art as well as important national touring exhibitions. The exhibition program explores a dynamic and diverse spectrum of visual arts practice.
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Self Portrait as Shared Dream is a play on the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art’s strong thematic focus on self-portraiture. Instead of attempting to express the ‘individuality’ of the subject, the exhibition presents a collection of works in which the individual is a collective construction, a figure forged from common histories, pop culture references and institutional memories.
Linked by a dreamy, abstract wall-drawing by local artist Anna Dunnill, figurative paintings, prints and drawings explore disturbing, beautiful and surreal interactions between external and internal worlds. As the urge to define our individual selves reaches fever-pitch online, Self-Portrait as Shared Dream speculates on the nature of empathy and the collective experience.
Featured artwork: Jenny Watson, Drink Me, 1988, oil and collage on linen, 137 x 106 cm, CCWA 594 Copyright courtesy the artist.
In the midst of life we are in death.
Memento Mori are artworks that prompt us to ponder the emptiness and transience of earthly pleasures and re-assess our moral progress as we move toward the certainty of death.
The extraordinary video work Allegoria Sacra by the Russian collective AES+F is an evocation of Purgatory as an international airport and together with selected works from the University of Western Australia Art Collection and the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, it encourages viewers to contemplate their own mortality.
Featured work: Robyn Stacy, Leidenmaster I, 2003, type C print, 96 x 150 cm. University Senate Grant, 2008. Copyright of the artist.
In 1952, at the age of 17, Shirley Corunna (nee Bynder) a young Yamatji woman moved from her home in Three Springs to Perth. This exhibition celebrates Shirley's journey of discovery and independence and provides a snapshot of the social life of Aboriginal people living in the city during the 1950s.
The Coolbaroo League was an organisation with political interests as well as being a place for Aboriginal people living in the city to come together and socialise. The memorabilia and photographs encapsulate treasured memories and a personal account of time Shirley spent with the League.
WARNING: We advise that this exhibition contains images, sound and film of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Please view with caution. We apologise for any distress this may cause.
Image: Studio Portrait Shirley Corunna, Shirley Corunna Private Collection
Artwork featured on image stamps:
Lola Ryan, Shell-work bridge, 2002, 15 x 37 x 7 cm, CCWA 716x, © Courtesy the artist’s estate