Friday, December 20, 2013


Anne MacDonald_Cloth (red velvet)_2004_ink jet print_127 x 105cm
Courtesy of the artist and Bett Gallery, Hobart

During 2014 - 2015, the Monash Gallery of Art will be exhibiting a touring group show PHOTOGRAPHIC ABSTRACTIONS.

"Photography has traditionally been linked to representation and is often appreciated for its ability to accurately depict and document the world. Conversely, however, photography has also been closely associated with illusion, ambiguity and abstraction. 

By drilling down into the substances and processes that make photography possible, many of these artists encourage viewers to reflect on the very nature of photography itself. Others use these techniques to explore the geometry and patterns found in the natural and built environments or to allude to more intangible themes such as time, mortality and spirituality." (Photographic Abstractions, Catalogue)

Anne MacDonald will be exhibiting two works in the show, from her Cloth series - photographs influenced by her fascination of the depiction of cloth in paintings by early Renaissance masters.

"Several photographic series exploring the symbolic potential of cloth were developed from my investigation of early Renaissance drapery. Devoid of elaborate arrangements of baroque folds and ornate pattering, Cloth is the most visually reductive of these series. Cloth represents the essence of an idea, a distillation of fabric as a metaphor for aging and mortality." (Anne MacDonald, Artist Statement)

PHOTOGRAPHIC ABSTRACTIONS will be touring to the following venues:

1 February - 2 March 2014 at Wangaratta Art Gallery, VIC
30 March - 11 May 2014 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, QLD
25 March - 10 May 2015 at Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
21 May - 12 July 2015 at Ararat Regional Gallery, VIC

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