The Art Gallery of New South Wales is hosting “Playback,” the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018 at its Sydney venue. The exhibition is on view through October 21, 2018. Later, it will tour to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre (March 16 –May 5, 2019) and Orange Regional Gallery (October 12–December 8, 2019).
“Continuing the legacy of the Dobell Prize for Drawing and supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, this exhibition presents new work by eight contemporary Australian artists who are exploring history through crossovers between drawing and the moving image,” the gallery release says. The artists include Vernon Ah Kee, Sharon Goodwin, Laura Hindmarsh, Locust Jones, Dorota Mytych, Jason Phu, Lucienne Rickard, and Nick Strike taking inspiration from images found in art history, archives, newspapers, cinema and online.
“By reanimating images from the past, the artists selected for “Playback” not only enliven our sense of curiosity about history but also encourage us to understand the ways in which history repeats itself,” curator Matt Cox of Art Gallery of NSW said.
The exhibition showcases Vernon Ah Kee’s “Unwritten” series in which his ghostly drawings of faces stand as a testament to the violence of the 2004 Palm Island riots; Sharon Goodwin’s work breaks away from the two-dimensional realms normally associated with drawing in her recontextualising of the story of the Egyptian-born St Anthony the Great.
On the other hand, Laura Hindmarsh’s drawings record the artist’s online experiences with cinematic cult-classics in which the female protagonist appears doubled or mirrored in the camera frame.
Locust Jones uses a bamboo nib to create a scrolling visual ticker tape of the 24-hour news cycle. Jones’ expansive drawing is a visual diary of the events and people that made the daily news, from New Year’s Eve to April Fools’ Day 2018.
Dorota Mytych uses sand to create a mesmerizing series of moving drawings in which images of constellations, cups, landscapes and famous artworks appear and disappear, while Jason Phu brings humor with his cheeky drawings and performance inspired by bathroom wall graffiti and Chinese folklore.
Lucienne Rickard is known for his graphite drawings executed on drafting film through a laborious process. Nick Strike recreates 24 frames from Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali’s surrealist film “Un chien Andalou” (1929) evoking the pre-cinema technology of the flip-book where still images are made to move with thumb pressure.
The exhibition is on view through October 21, 2018, at Art Gallery NSW, Sydney, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain 2000 Sydney, Australia.
Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.
Founder Louise Blouin
Courtesy: Art Gallery of New South Wales