(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.
A Portrait of Australia: Stories Through the lens of Australian Geographic is touring the country as part of an unprecedented partnership between the National Museum of Australia and Australian Geographic.
The stunning display of large format photographic prints unites the expertise of Australian Geographic’s acclaimed photographers and the National Museum’s interpretive storytelling experience.
National Museum director, Dr Mathew Trinca, said, “This is a marvellous opportunity to take Australian stories to venues around the country by combining the National Museum’s exhibition and curatorial expertise with Australian Geographic’s 30 years of unparalleled photographic coverage of Australia’s land, nature and people.”
“This exhibition celebrates the bush, the outback, the coast and the people who live and work there. Featuring photographs from the Australian Geographic archive, it will transport you to some of the most rugged and remote parts of the country where you will discover the remarkable stories of ordinary Australians,” Dr Trinca said.
Australian Geographic’s editor in chief, Chrissie Goldrick, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Museum of Australia. Both organisations strive to tell authentic Australian stories using the very finest storytelling methods, whether it be words, images or objects. These beautifully presented exhibitions transform our words and pictures into a truly immersive experience.”
The photographs will tour Australia for the next two years and were drawn from a book A Portrait of Australia, which was produced to celebrate 30 years of Australian Geographic’s magazine.
Venues around the country can select from a collection of 60 photographs to tell their own regional stories – and the stories of the nation. Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine enlisted the help of two Southern Downs photographers, Chris Johnson and Karen Johnson, to select 18 images for the Orange Wall Gallery.
A travelling exhibition from the National Museum of Australia developed in collaboration with Australian Geographic
Image: Along the Birdsville Tracknear Birdsville, Queensland photo by Colin Beard