Thursday, April 9, 2009
Exhibition : Narelle Autio " The summer of Us"
Interesting work from Narelle Autio now showing at Stills Gallery in Sydney, her work has always reflected her exploration of the magical outdoor life in Australia using a distinctive reportage style, this time she has develop a project using a concept which i really enjoyed.
here a note from the work:
A recurring theme for Narelle Autio is the exploration of the human figure in relation to water. Her most recent series of works, The place in between 2007 continue to demonstrate a refined visual language, isolating single subjects and capturing them at the instant they plunge into the abyss. Her subjects remain suspended, frozen in time at the point of immersion, as we bear witness to the eternal moment of them relinquishing control to that which encompasses them. The disturbed water swallows up parts of the bodies, so that heads, legs, and torso are missing, replaced with clouds of white bubbles, creating a surreal affect that moves toward abstraction.
This body of work was selected for exhibition in Wonderful World 2007 (held at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, SA). A group show of contemporary Australian artists working around issues of human interaction with the natural world. A full series of Autio's work was subsequently acquired by the institution becoming part of the permanent collection. Autio's significant contribution to Australian contemporary art continues to be recognized with her inclusion in shows such as Human, Hous Projects, New York, 2007 and Light Sensitive: Contemporary Australian Photography, National Gallery of Victoria.