Since the foundation in 1990, the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery has presented an innovated program of exhibitions, featuring artwork from the University extensive Art Collection, loaned works as well as new contemporary commissioned works.
The Gallery aims to continually expand its digital archive of past exhibitions.
DeMonstrable, curated by SymbioticA Director Oron Catts with Associate Professors Jennifer Johung and Elizabeth Stephens, is an event set to commemorate, respond to, and reflect on the multifaceted cultural and scientific impact of the Earmouse.New work commissioned for this exhibition is presented together with 20 years of artistic, scientific and popular culture responses to the Earmouse.
Image: Earmouse, photo by Oron Catts.
OBJECT LESSONS III: Pattern Recognition is the final chapter in a year-long, three-part exhibition of contemporary art from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art.
Pattern Recognition showcases a broad selection of ways in which Australian women artists have utilised pattern either as a surface treatment or as a sequence. Pattern is revealed to be simultaneously sensuous, structural and laden with cultural significance.
Image: Elizabeth Gower, Choices, 1986, Acrylic on paper, 53 x 42 cm, CCWA 868 (c) Courtesy the artist and Milani Galleries
WARMUN THEN AND NOW will creatively coalesce and celebrate powerful artistic personalities of the past, including Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie, by bringing their work into conversation with the contemporary work of Rusty Peters, Lena Nyadbi and others.
This exhibition will illuminate the different generations, relationships and Country that inform the artistic discourse of the Warmun Art Movement, both then and now.
Featured artwork: Lena Nyadbi, Gija Language Group, Warmun Community, Jimbarla Country, etching on paper, 50 x 60cm, Berndt Collection
This exhibition concentrates on ten years of Elise Blumann’s art practice, from the series of bold portraits produced in the late 1930s to the increasingly abstract renderings of the landscape in the late 1940s.
Featured artwork: Elise Blumann, On the Swan, Nedlands (detail), 1942, oil on composition board, 56.6 x 66.4 cm, The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Acquired with the assistance of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council and the Dr Albert Gild Fund, 1976, © The University of Western Australia.
OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations is the second in a three-part exhibition at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in 2015 showcasing contemporary art from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. Building on OBJECT LESSONS I: Painting, this exhibition continues to examine dialogues around painting in a contemporary, multi-disciplinary field, particularly the ongoing tension between the medium's sculptural and representational qualities.
Featured work: Anna Kristensen, Flame Tree, Plume Smoke Bush and Lamb’s Wool, 2012, oil and acrylic on linen, 84 x 66 cm, CCWA 947. © Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Bo Wong
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HERE&NOW is a series of annual exhibitions presented at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery aimed at showcasing the outstanding work of contemporary Western Australian artists.
Like its predecessors in the series, HERE&NOW15 aims to set a new benchmark of exemplary creativity and provide a snapshot of the most interesting and challenging artists working here and now. In the twentieth century, the conception of sculptural practice expanded to include architectural intervention and land art.
Featured work: David Brophy, high line, 2014, two man tent, fixings, Copyright courtesy of the artist. Photography by Alessandro Bianchetti.
OBJECT LESSONS is an exhibition in three parts, unfolding over three consecutive exhibition periods in the Lady Sheila Cruthers Gallery. Each discrete ‘chapter’ presents contemporary art from the CCWA in which the fundamental properties of the art object and experience are used to address enduring questions of representation, perception and the role art in society.
Traditions of art-making and art history are variously unpacked, subverted, lampooned or celebrated, getting down to the nuts and bolts of how we look at and think about art.
Featured work: Anna Kristensen, Flame Tree, Plume Smoke Bush and Lamb’s Wool, 2012, oil on linen, 84 x 66 cm, CCWA 947. © Courtesy the artist.
Imagine a 1940s Yolngu Community in north-east Arnhem Land. Imagine people's daily lives, traditional lands, artworks, and cultural histories; imagine interactions with Macassans before European colonisation. This exhibition privileges audiences by taking them beyond their imagination into a Yolngu worldview and landscape.
Presented by the Berndt Museum and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery as a part of the Perth International Arts Festival, this exhibition is the first major presentation of these works in Western Australia and has been developed through careful communication with the descendants of the artists and the Yirrkala Community’s Art Centre, Buku-Larmggay Mulka.
The Yirrkala Drawings exhibition runs from 7 February until 11 April 2015.
A selection of the works will continue to be exhibited in the Janet Homes a Court Gallery space through to 20 June 2015.
Featured artwork: Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, Port of Macassar, 1947, crayon on brown paper, 114 x 74cm. Berndt Museum, The University of Western Australia. © Estate of the artist. Acc. No. 6970
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