Thursday, 19 July 2012
How do we, as human beings, relate to our own bodies within our environment? Renowned Australian artist Paul Uhlmann contemplates this question through his new exhibition, 'to breathe (what is it to live a life?)'.
Comparing canvas paintings with traditional techniques such as cameras obscura and black mirrors, the exhibition takes visitors through the evolution of many forms of painting practice and shows how, even as techniques change, Nature and our complex relation to it still remains a key focus.
Divided into small rooms, within Spectrum Project Space and the campus grounds of Mt Lawley the exhibition allows guests to see reflections of themselves in paintings and glossy surfaces, allowing them to interpret their own relationship with Nature. Not far from the Project Space, visitors can take a short walk to discover two makeshift tents containing cameras obscura positioned on the grounds of the campus.
Paul Uhlmann says "Our everyday lives are bombarded with speed through communications and an excess of information. With this exhibition I want to create a series of intimate experiences to slow the spectator down and to change the relationship of the viewer so that they become active participants within the work."
'to breathe (what is it to live a life?)' opens on Tuesday, 7 August and runs until Friday, 17 August with a special opening event on Thursday August the 16 at 5-8pm. It will also be open during the ECU Mount Lawley Open Day on Sunday, 12 August.