ANDREW MEZEI The dawn said something strange to me

This exhibition explores how we came to think of nature as dispensable, rather than integral to our lives. The paintings run the course of a single day, from dawn to evening. Within this short day, I search with measured urgency for a way to re-define our relationship to nature; a way to reconnect emotionally to the rich ecosystems which support our lives.

Art Exhibition previously on at Catherine Asquith Gallery (Archived) in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Tuesday 06 November 2012 to Saturday 24 November 2012
Launch Saturday 10 November 2012, 2 to 4pm

Rupture image Transition image Dominion image Transition II image Transition III image Genesis image

Published by anonymous on Monday 22 October 2012.
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Artist Statement
The dawn said something strange to me;
I couldn’t ask it why,
It gave me just a single day,
Then faded like a sigh.

We no longer hear the signals nature sends us. Our relationship to nature is detached: last year, leading scientists warned that we are probably the last generation that has enough time to avoid a likely mass extinction event. Yet our society seems strangely unresponsive to these warnings.

We need to fuse nature and science back into our lives. We need a new enlightenment, and we need it fast. Every field needs to contribute; through my paintings, I observe nature in transition, and try to find a spiritual footing on shifting ground. For help, I look not to prophets, but to the knowledge-bearers of our age, and I turn to a creation story more ancient and complex than imagination could conceive.

In summary, this exhibition is my attempt to absorb the metaphysical implications of our civilization in transition. The journey begins with a red dawn and becomes a race against the darkness.


Andrew Mezei has been a professional practising artist since the early 1990s. He has participated in numerous art prize exhibitions, most notably, as a finalist in the John Leslie Art Prize on several occasions, including this year (2012), and winning the prize in 2008; a finalist in the The ANL Maritime Art Prize (2008); a finalist in the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize (2009) and finalist in The Archibald Prize (2011) for his portrait of Prof. Penny Sackett. In 2011 he was included in the curated group show, Boundary Lines (Aug-Oct) at the Tarrawarra Museum of Modern Art. He is represented in the Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, and the Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong.