18 November - 18 December 2010
Roy Ananda, Stephen Bush, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Starlie Geikie, Todd McMillan
The Garden of Forking Paths
A viewer cannot fully comprehend the artist’s process – how an idea translates into action, back into an idea and then action again, repeating an indeterminate number of times until resolution is achieved.
This raises the question of what is to be learnt from watching an artist work. We might witness how something starts in one place and transforms into another. Paradoxically, the act of watching may not bring us any closer to understanding why. And likewise, may not bring us closer to predicting an end until it is reached. There is an intimacy between the artist and the artwork, articulated in all stages of the creative process, but not necessarily seen in the finality or the act of exhibition.
With a curatorial intention to focus on the unseen process of the artist, perhaps we could have chosen any artist for this exhibition, as all artists develop an idea into an artwork – whether physical, ephemeral or conceptual. While this is true, the artists who form the voice of this show do so with a somewhat ambiguous conclusion, leading us to question the idea or concepts inherent in the work, connecting the start with the finish.
The Garden of Forking Paths draws together five artists who engage with transformation: a fiction into a history, a study into art, a sculpture into a sculpture, a practical object into a melancholic romance, and domesticity into abstract. The aim is not to be reductive or to draw conclusions but to have many paths simultaneously open for exploration: to consider the movements that occur between, around and within an artwork’s conception, the artwork and its reception.