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Connectus Botanicus and Be on Time

Tuesday, 05 June 2012

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People and their connection with urban surroundings is explored in two new solo exhibitions showing at the Spectrum Project Space throughout July.

Connectus Botanicus from Jennie Newman and Be on Time by Dani Andree use different materials to explore the one theme.

In Connectus Botanicus, Jennie Newman looks into the disconnection urban people have with the natural world. Newman uses gathered weeds as a metaphor for people, creating photograms –  a type of camera-less photography using old photographic paper, cyanotype-coated surfaces and leaves.

“Weeds, like us, live wherever they take hold, yet they are seen as feral pests,” Ms Newman said.

“We appear unable to recognise our own role in their dispersal and our interconnection with all life on this planet.”

Newman’s practice using alternative photographic processes produces delicate and beautiful works that will be displayed like specimens on a variety of surfaces.

In contrast with Newman’s use of light, plants and paper, Dani Andree’s exhibition, Be on Time,consists of a dark, cavernous space, displaying projections and textile-based works, produced using extremely labour-intensive methods and materials such as silver ribbon and wool.

In Be on Time, Andree explores the ways in we consume public urban space, amid the competing demands of time, work and place making.

 “With my work I am investigating slippages in the perception of time and one’s surroundings, from the viewpoint of a city pedestrian passing routinely from a place of origin to a destination,” Ms Andree said.

Connectus Botanicus and Be on Time opens on Thursday, 7 June from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. The exhibition runs from Friday, 8 June to Saturday, 15 June.

Spectrum Project Space, at Edith Cowan University’s Mount Lawley Campus, is open 10:00am to 6:00pm Tuesday to Friday, and 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday.

High-resolution images are available on request.

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