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Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney

Exhibition Detail
Marking Time
140 George Street
The Rocks

March 29th, 2012 - June 3rd, 2012
Scattered Light, Jim CampbellJim Campbell, Scattered Light,
2010, video installation: custom electronics, LEDs, light bulbs, wire, steel
© Image courtesy the artist and Madison Square Park Conservancy, New York © the artist Photograph: James Ewing
02 9339 8686
9am to 5pm
sculpture, abstract, conceptual, performance, video-art, installation, digital, light mixed-media, sound

Explore the ways in which artists visualise time and its passing in Marking Time. Featuring major works by eleven Australian and international artists, you’ll see the concept and representation of time — past, present and future — reinterpreted and revealed across such diverse media as drawing, watercolour, sculpture, installation, sound and light.

Discover meaning in unexpected subjects as the past and present collide in Edgar Arcenaux’s ambitious large-scale drawings; consider the concept of universal time through Tatsuo Miyajima’s video and photography; see how Lindy Lee harnesses the power of fire and water in her weather paintings. In Rivane Neuenschwender’s poetic flip-clocks and calendars, witness time become elastic and open-ended; while Elisa Sighicelli literally rewinds time through the medium of film – watch as exploded fireworks contract to pin-points against the night sky, as ends return to beginnings.

Accompany Katie Paterson and Gulumbu Yunupingu as they turn their gazes upwards depicting ancient cosmic phenomena and celestial formations through confetti, moonlight and upon bark panels and hollowed memorial (Larrakitj) poles.

Examine the connections between real time and digital artifice in John Gerrard’s epic, slow moving animations of American mid-western scenes and see time pass before your eyes in Jim Campbell’s flickering, ever-changing scenes inspired by family albums and events and created using computer-programmed light. Study the relationship of geo-political dates throughout history in Tom Nicholson’s vast wall drawing and become transfixed by Daniel Crooks’ mesmeric videos as he stretches and reconfigures time into abstract bands of colour.

Some pieces come to life only at night, such as Jim Campbell’s monumental installation Scattered Light illuminating the Museum’s front lawn, and others develop and change through the course of the exhibition, amplifying the effects of time. A fitting exhibition to mark the opening of the new Museum of Contemporary Art, join us to celebrate time in all its beauty, drama, devastation and subtlety through these diverse and dynamic works.

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