team australia

curated by veronica tello

team australia is: jeremy drape emily ferretti veronica kent annika koops brendan lee natalie ryan utako shindo jackson slattery salote tawale glenn walls

Art Exhibition previously on at Carlton Hotel Gallery and Studios in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 04 December 2008 to Saturday 20 December 2008
Launch Thursday 04 December 2008, 5-9pm

Semi-Precious (d.h animal skull) image

Published by anonymous on Friday 31 October 2008.
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“I heard a comment from someone who thought Bill Henson was an American artist because they had seen his work so often at your [Roslyn Oxley] stand at The Armory Show in New York!”
Andrew Cameron, 2008

In the past fifteen years, Australian art and its industry has demonstrated a vigorous approach to immersing artists within the international networks of contemporary art. However, for the most part, there remains a feeling, or a concern, that we merely inhabit the margins of such networks.

team australia takes these observations into consideration. The participating artists use strategies of critical response, appropriation, reenactment or mimicry for the purposes of considering, and playing with, a potential ‘Australian contemporary art aesthetic.’ As a result, team australia presents a number of iconic Australian symbols and internationally renowned artworks, converging them for the purpose of play and critical responses to a potential ‘national identity’ within contemporary art. Damien Hirst’s diamond encrusted skull For the Love of God (2007), the gum-tree, native Australian animals, Dutch paintings, Classical Greek sculptures and, images inspired by Picnic at Hanging Rock and Frederick McCubbin’s Lost (1886) are brought forth, and in some cases they are fused, to be reconsidered within a contemporary Australian, and wider, context.


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