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Chasing Fool’s Gold at Spectrum Project Space

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

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Chasing Fool’s Gold is a collaborative project between Edith Cowan University (ECU) Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) graduates Caitlin Dominey and Michael Rankin. The outcome of this project will be shown in an exhibition at ECU’s Spectrum Project Space in Mount Lawley.

Dominey and Rankin were both awarded an ECU Studio Residency for 2015. Miss Dominey says, “Mike and I both received ECU studio residencies at the same time, so we thought we had a great opportunity to work together on a project. We were both interested in abstraction and I wanted to explore new processes of making art. After some discussion we came up with a concept we were both interested in”.

In Chasing Fools Gold the artists explore the way visual narratives are formed starting with photographs and deconstructing the imagery. Photographic imagery can represent experiences which remain static and fixed within the past. By re-engaging these images through playful investigation, the artists hope to create new experiences for the viewer, focused on curiosity and exploration.

The focus of the work is not to engage with the subject matter in the original photographs but to extract formal elements in the images and allow these to guide the aesthetic direction of the project. In this selective process the artists’ individual perceptions and bias toward a particular visual narrative becomes apparent.

Speaking about the collaborative process Miss Dominey said, “I really hope that this exhibition will encourage other ECU graduates to do something similar, as it was a fantastic learning process. I also hope visitors can see evidence in the work of our dialogue.'

This project has received assistance from The Bellwether Fund. This fund was inaugurated through the efforts of the 2008 visual arts graduates at ECU. The aim of this fund is to give current students or recent visual arts graduates of ECU opportunities for professional development not otherwise available and help to foster a sense of community among this group.

The Chasing Fool’s Gold exhibition opens on Thursday, 25 February at 6:00 – 8:00pm, then runs until Friday, 11 March at Spectrum Project Space, with an artist talk on Thursday, 10 March at 2:00pm.

Media contact:
Claire Bushby Spectrum Project Space Coordinator, (08) 6304 6906, spectrum@ecu.edu.au

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