Visual Arts: Where Things Commence

19 September 2019

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1 – 6 October @ Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley ·
Presented by Gale Thackeray ·

Where things commence, Triggering ideas through the archive is a new exhibition by contemporary painter and current PhD candidate, Gale Thackeray. The archive is defined by Derrida as a place where things commence. Within her painting practice, the archive has emerged as not only a valid mode of artistic production but an unexpected methodology in the sense that the very acts of gathering and archiving can have a dynamic and direct influence in the creation of an artwork. The construction and development of the archive function as the trigger of ideas and therefore the place where things commence.

This methodology delivers a possible critical pathway in understanding the oeuvre of the painters known as the New Leipzig School who emerged out of the former German Democratic Republic after the fall of the Berlin Wall and who are the focus of Gale’s doctoral research.

Opening: Friday 4 October at 6pm by Dr Paul Uhlmann
Artists in Conversation, Gale Thakeray & Laura Mitchell, Sunday 6th October, 11am. Facilitated by Dr Lyndall Adams.

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Pictured: Hybrid No. 3, Gale Thackeray, 2019, oil on linen, 200 x 160 cm. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

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