12th April - 1st May 2011
Jeanette Becklar, Stephen Garratt, Scott
Donovan, Nat Thomas
Nevermore begins with what has gone before.The artists in this
exhibition extract narratives from collected materials, both literal
and theatrical, and intriguingly displayed in the gallery space.
Jeanette Becklar's work Sleep (for Mrs Mason) uses a large collection
of deaccessioned library books with the word 'death' in the title, creating
arrangements that re-inscribe their own end-story. Stephen Garrett uses
plaster and cardboard to examine the gallery's concepts through forensic
traces and recreated models collectively titled What Came Before.
Scott Donovan’s suite of moody portraits Bad Blood, were painted
from photographs of the 1960 Oberammergau Passion Play, an elaborate
re-enactment of the last days of Christ performed every ten years since
Nat Thomas's work Yesterday's News creates a research laboratory
in the gallery office space. Thomas displays and explores media stories
she has selected from microfiche surfing in the Victorian State Library.
History never repeats, I tell myself before I go to sleep.
Text by Elvis Richardson