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Painting, breathing and slowing down

Friday, 20 July 2012


How do we, as human beings, relate to 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 artistic techniques and shows how, even as techniques change, nature and our complex relation to it still remains a key focus.

“I believe that life is movement and my aim with this exhibition is to create works that reflect this,” Mr Uhlmann said.

“I want to show that we are not separate from nature, but a part of it. If we see ourselves as a part of nature, part of a greater whole, rather than separate, then the perception of our everyday world is altered.”

Divided into small rooms within Spectrum Project Space and the Mount Lawley Campus grounds, the exhibition allows guests to see reflections of themselves in paintings and glossy surfaces, allowing them to interpret their own relationship with nature.

The exhibition also includes two makeshift tents with cameras obscura just outside the gallery so that visitors can get an idea of how the techniques work within an outdoor setting.

“"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." Mr Uhlmann said.

Mr Uhlmann has exhibited his work globally and this particular project as the culmination of his practice-led research PhD through RMIT University.

To breath (what is it to live a life?) opens on Tuesday, 7 August and runs until Friday, 17 August. It will also be open during the ECU Mount Lawley Open Day on Sunday, 12 August.

Spectrum Project Space is open Tuesday to Friday from 10.00am - 6:00pm and Saturdays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm with special weekend openings and events. Exhibitions can be viewed after hours by appointment.


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