(The Incredible Lightness of Being) by Susan Lincoln
Crystal, high-gloss reflective surfaces, video, works on paper and performance come together to create a uniquely immersive installation-based exhibition, by Brisbane-based artist Susan Lincoln.
Warwick Art Gallery is excited to host Susan Lincoln’s YOU ARE HERE 2 (The Incredible Lightness of Being), the artist’s first ever survey exhibition.
Through her use of light, reflection, refraction and repetition, Susan’s meticulously crafted works create ethereal spaces for mindfulness and meditation.
Susan has a rich connection to regional and rural Australia, and it is the nostalgia and familial connection to these places that has left a signature mark on her artworks over the last decade.
Susan Lincoln says, “All of my oeuvre is a testament to childhood memories as a girl, completely spellbound by the light refractions around the room from my mother’s crystal bracelet in the unique light of outback Queensland”.
A key work in the exhibition is TRR (Light Vehicle). Standing at just under three metres tall, this immersive space gently draws audiences in to sit and explore what mindfulness has to offer without any stigmatisation. It allows participants to quietly pause and reflect, and to momentarily escape today’s fast-paced society and life pressures. In this space, light is reflected through lead crystals, acting as prisms, to scatter rainbow colours over the work and its participants.
Image: Susan Lincoln, TRR (Light Vehicle), detail, 2014-2019, moulded fibreglass, polycarbonate, acrylic, lead crystals, paint, timber offcuts, laser cut acrylic, monofilament, rug, 360 x 420 x 420 x 270 cm. Photo credit: L. Grosmann.
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a collaborative, playful and immersive exhibition featuring craft-based materialities with a political intent, by contemporary Australian artists and artist collectives.
Craft, activism and social change have long been interlinked; they have crossed boundaries and borders, genders and generations. Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms evidences this moment in contemporary art, embracing craft techniques in order to explore and articulate the ideas and issues of our times.
Artists featured in the exhibition include: Catherine Bell, Karen Black, Penny Byrne, Erub Arts, Debris Facility, Starlie Geikie, Michelle Hamer, Kate Just, Deborah Kelly, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Raquel Ormella, Slow Art Collective, Tai Snaith, Hiromi Tango, James Tylor, Jemima Wyman and Paul Yore.
Claire Watson, NETS Victoria Director said, “We are excited with work with Warwick Art Gallery, to showcase this amazing exhibition, curated regionally specifically for our regional audiences.”
“Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms reveals the myriad ways that these artists challenge our perceptions of craft materials and approaches within a contemporary context, inviting viewers to rethink craft in a new light,” said Dr Rebecca Coates, exhibition Co-Curator and SAM Director.
Craftivism. Dissident Objects and Subversive Forms is a SAM curated exhibition, touring nationally by NETS Victoria. Exhibition Curators: Anna Briers and Rebecca Coates
Image: Paul Yore, Map, 2012, wool needlepoint, 90 x 101 cm, Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection, © the artist
27 August to 3 October 2020
Insight provokes a deeper reflection on what it means to be creative. Warwick High School students share what is meaningful to them through their artworks.
Image: Subjective Perspective Madison Rowan Mixed Media on Canvas
"Today’s generation has a tendency where they unintentionally attempt to dodge ugly truths while subconsciously seeking out something that helps distract them from this truth. This was demonstrated to me through an experience at Glengallan homestead where my peers saw and acknowledged the history within the cracks and holes in the walls, yet they concentrated on the beautiful, renovated areas. I attempted to capture this in a much larger scale, bringing in modern, societal problems, reflecting this in my artwork, Subjective Perspective."