English artist Simon Starling, who won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2005, is celebrated for his erudite projects: "My work is about material on a very fundamental level - about stuff, about atoms."
Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank
My work is about material on a very fundamental level
—about stuff, about atoms.
English artist Simon Starling, who won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2005, is celebrated for his erudite projects. His works explore the legacies of modernism and globalisation by addressing peculiar histories surrounding specific objects and sites of art, design, and science. While they mine real histories, there is always something unexpected, excessive, witty, perverse, serendipitous, convoluted, or crafty about them.
Starling is visiting Australia for the opening of his exhibition In Speculum at Melbourne's Monash University Museum of Art (18 July–21 September 2013).
Curator Max Delany writes, 'In Speculum engages nineteenth-century astronomy and the evolution of cinema, the invention of flight and its relationship to modernist architecture, the sculpture of Henry Moore and the political machinations of the Cold War, and the 2012 transit of Venus. Starling’s work makes dramatic leaps through time and space, taking the viewer on fascinating journeys, which explore the social, cultural, and material histories of artistic, scientific, and industrial manufacture.'
After Melbourne, In Speculum will travel to the IMA (5 October–30 November 2013) and City Gallery Wellington (21 February–18 May 2014). In Speculum is a joint project by the Institute of Modern Art, Monash University Museum of Art, and City Gallery Wellington.
Starling's lecture is a joint project by IMA and QAGOMA. As always, admission is free. No bookings: first in, best dressed.
Simon Starling is represented by the Modern Institute, Glasgow, and Casey Kaplan, New York.
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Sunday 21 July at 1pm
Institute of Modern Art
at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
420 Brunswick Street / PO Box 2176
Fortitude Valley - Brisbane QLD 4006
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