First Amongst Equals (Part II) presents a a stellar line-up of Australian and international artists who share an interest in film, kinetics, colour, sound and time. With practices spanning from 1936 to 2012 this exhibition is a focused selection of artworks that are boldly distinct yet intrinsically related.
Exhibiting for the first time in Australia, acclaimed/up and coming UK artist Elizabeth McAlpine offers an exploration into light and time in relation to film, through works that feature a double Super 8 projection, a plaster cast gramophone, pinhole camera photographs and sculptures, found postcards, and a flickering installation of 180 printed shadows. McAlpine will also present an outdoor pavilion-for-one created in collaboration with local architect Ariane Palassis.
These key works by McAlpine offer a series of fulcra around which film, print, paint and kinetic works by Lye, Pfeiffer, and Marclay and Baumann pivot. Through an ingenious curatorial premise this exhibition creates new, and at times kaleidoscopic, duets of colour, light, movement and sound.
First Amongst Equals (Part II) is the second installment in a pair of connected shows, the first of which premiered at Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne in July as part of their annual Octopus program.