Part of 'Celebrate Australia 2005': a rich programme of arts and cultural events. 'So long and so distant', an installation work by Karee Dahl, is a 'site-specific' work. 'Pouch', by Cassandra Schultz, similarly investigates what a sense of connection to place may hold as a signifier for identity, culture and personal history.
Solo exhibition in the Main Gallery
Solo exhibition in the Upstairs Gallery
...a 747 jumbo jet modelled from felted kangaroo fur
During the month of March, â€œThe Art Galleryâ€ National Institute of Education [NIE] will utilize both the main and upstairs gallery spaces to showcase two exciting solo exhibitions by Australian artists Karee Dahl and Cassandra Schultz.
These exhibitions will be part of â€œCelebrate Australia 2005â€ a rich and vital programme of arts and cultural events organized by the Australian High Commission, Tourism Australia and AUSTRADE
â€œCelebrate Australiaâ€ an annual event, highlights aspects of Australian contemporary life being an opportunity for Australia and its Asian Pacific Ocean neighbors in and around Singapore to share in the many exciting events of which these exhibitions are a part.
â€œso long and so distantâ€: An installation work by Karee Dahl is a â€˜site-specificâ€™ work made for the main gallery at NIE. It formally plays with the architectural planning of one of Singaporeâ€™s first purpose built art galleries.
Dahl takes this concept of the white box exhibiting space, a cabinet of curiosity, left over from the 60s and 70s avant-garde art practice, as a starting point to investigate the history of the empty white spaces as the place to showcase contemporary art. [See â€œStark on You: white interiors are the in thing for art spaces as they make the displays more stylishâ€ Karl Ho Straits Times Saturday, Jan 1 2005]
As an Arts and Cultural Management graduate, as well as a practicing artist, Dahl is interested in the relationship of art practice, business, law and economics. She is interested in the mutual benefits that could be put in to play by bridging the terms aesthetics, culture, economics and trade.
Through a process of finely starched cotton thread, the installation speculates on the human condition - a delicate vision of a life mapped out in a labyrinth of policies, laws, and control.
In late 2004 the artistsâ€™ stored household and studio effects, including an art collection and personal letters, photos etc were destroyed in bushfires in Australia. The notion of attachment and the sense of belonging to her homeland Australia was essentially put into focus and this has been an integral force behind the making of this work.
â€œpouchâ€ running concurrently in the upstairs gallery by artist Cassandra Schultz, similarly investigates what a sense of connection to place may hold as a signifier for identity, culture and personal history.
â€œAs a non-indigenous Australian woman artist currently living in Singapore, my connection with place therefore lies divided between 3 separate countries, Singapore, where I have returned to live after 30 years. (I spent two years of my childhood here.) Australia, my country of birth, and England, my country of colonial origin.â€
Schultz goes on to say that â€œin each locale, much has changed and many things exist now only as memories.â€ However her intention in this work is to â€œrecognize the past as altered by the political and gendered omissions from official history.â€ â€¦ A shuffling between these official voices of authority and the more personal recounting of the nature of the journeys and in particular the â€œgeneral absence of the female voice.â€
The installation of figurines modeled in incense, commissioned by Schultz and produced by a local joss stick maker and cropped, shaved and etched kangaroo skins, honors her ancestors by replicating early colonial illustrations of Australian indigenous animals, historical maps, maritime tattoos and contemporary symbols in a faux museum dedicated to local knowledge and absent voices.
A series of hand bound books is inspired by a popular childhood game in Australia known as Chinese whispers, where by a sentence is whispered from child to child seated in a circle. The last child says out loud what they have heard; always entirely different to what was originally whispered.
Two different art practices two different shows, both attempting to share with each other and with the viewer the other space of Art making â€“ â€˜The Art Galleryâ€
The exhibitions will officially open on Saturday 5th March at 2:30pm at The Art Gallery National Institute of Education - Nanyang Technological University, 1 Nanyang Walk Singapore, and continue through till the 30th March 2005.
Iola Lenzi, art writer, critic and curator based in Singapore will formally open the exhibition.
Lenzi is author of the recently released book â€˜Museums of Southeast Asia,â€ a comprehensive and accessible reference guide to Museums throughout Southeast Asia including an up-to-date guide to the region's locally known alternative art and cultural spaces.
A chartered bus transporting people to and from the City to Jurong/NIE free of charge for the opening event will leave from Stamford Road opposite Raffles City Shopping Centre at 2pm and return at 5:30pm. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for seat reservations on bus.
The exhibition is sponsored by ZoCard, Singaporeâ€™s First Free Postcard Company, and The Butcher, Singaporeâ€™s first Aussie butcher shop.
The artists especially thank the National Institute of Education and the Visual and Performing Arts Department, the Australian High Commission, Tourism Australia and AUSTRADE under the umbrella of Celebrate Australia 2005 program.
Saturday 5th March 2:30 - 6pm
5 March - 30 March 2005
..so long and so distant...
A Celebrate Australia 2005 Event
organised by the Australian High Commission, Tourism Australia and AUSTRADE
The Art Gallery
National Institute of Education
Nanyang Technological University
1 Nanyang Walk Singapore
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