Living deadly: haunted surfaces in contemporary art

Art has an uncanny ability to re-animate the dead or forgotten and make it relevant to our lived experience. Throughout the history of both Western and non-Western traditions, artists summon ghosts of the past and give them a physical presence through the palpable artistic sensations of colour, form and texture.

Art Exhibition previously on at MGA - Monash Gallery of Art in Australia.
From Friday 16 July 2010 to Sunday 19 September 2010
Launch Saturday 24 July 2010, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Untitled from the series Lost to worlds 2 2008 image

Published by Monash Gallery of Art on Tuesday 01 June 2010.
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This exhibition has been specifically inspired by the way contemporary Indigenous artists from Arnhem Land talk about their use of finely painted cross-hatching or rarrk. The optical effects produced by these highly patterned surfaces are said to make the viewer feel the presence of the ancestors. Extending this notion across a range of contemporary art practices, Living deadly explores ways in which optical effects are used to make the viewer physically aware of things beyond their physical reality.

Living deadly includes work by Brook Andrew, Anne Ferran, John Gollings, Ruark Lewis, John Mawurndjul, Rod McNicol, eX de Medici, James Morrison and Robyn Stacey.