Shannyn Higgins - Duality

Duality is an art experiment that anonymously pairs 25 visual artists with 25 writers from a city to explore individuality and narrative, photographing each individual in their creative space, shared in a beautiful and intriguing public exhibition.

Art Exhibition previously on at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 24 October 2015 to Saturday 24 October 2015
Launch Friday 23 October 2015, 7:30 – 11

Duality by Shannyn Higgins – Jamie Lee O'Shea image

Published by No Vacancy on Wednesday 30 September 2015.
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Following Duality’s success in Vancouver, Canada last year and a desire to bring the project to her home city, Melbourne photographer Shannyn Higgins blind-paired emerging and established visual artists with writers’ words to explore the ways narrative can be interpreted.

Higgins comments, “Words can elicit many emotions; Duality sets out to explore this sentiment. Based on our emotions, experiences and individuality, narrative can be propelled into different directions. A writer can explore sadness, rootlessness or loss which could in turn inspire a visual artist to see hope, desire or beauty.”

Duality’s 25 writers shared a sentence, lyric or scribble from their notebook and the 25 visual artists were given a blank archival rag sheet and seven days to create works based on these words.

Higgins then individually photographed each artist and writer with a 50mm lens in their creative space – using available light and just enough time for some quick banter, a wine or coffee – to explore the duality of environmental factors influencing their work.

Duality brings together a cross section of songwriters, authors, journalists, poets, screenwriters with street artists, fine artists, illustrators and painters from across the city to contribute to the project.

The results of pairing the two mediums, artists’ incredible works, and stunning photography will be revealed at No Vacancy Gallery, 23 – 24 October 2015.

Duality’s beautifully designed takeaway book will feature all elements of the show, including words, art and photographs of each artist in their creative space.
Duality: An Art Experiment is a self-funded passion project launched in Vancouver, Canada in May 2014.

THE WRITERS: Ali Barter, Anthony Carew, Ariela Jacobs, Ben Whiting, Bertie Blackman, Chris Flynn, D.A Calf, Gena Rose Bruce, Harrison Storm, HOWQUA, Jamie Vegter, Jessica Morris, Jessica Yu, Joel McKerrow, Leanne Clancey, Lior, Liz Stringer, Liza Dezdouli, Marieke Hardy, Ming-Zhu Hii, Nicholas Johnson, Peter Bakowski, Raina Angdias, Robbie Coleman, T.K Bollinger.

THE ARTISTS: Aida Sabic, Amy Howard, Andrea Innocent, A R I U M, Cam Scale, Eirian Chapman, Emma Leonard, Glenn Mossop, Heesco, I and the Others, Jamie Lee O’Shea, Jeremy Piert, Jess Racklyeft, John Mandich, Julia Trybala, Kashka Rae, Kate Gagliardi, Kennie, Lauren Nicholson, Lucy Lucy, Matthew Henry, Neil Cash, Rebecca Kereopa, Tom Civil, Unwell Bunny.


No Vacancy Gallery QV
34-40 Jane Bell Lane,
QV Building,
Melbourne 3000