Aura: Repetition, reproduction, and the mark of the artist
AURA is an exhibition featuring 10 Australian artists who use printmaking techniques in their work. The unique purpose of this special project is to show the work of artists who conceptually leverage the supposed shortcomings of the printed media (reproduction, repetition, mechanical mediation and indirect mark-making) and by doing so, amplify the marks of the artist and the perceived ‘Aura’ of the works.
This exhibition seeks to build upon the Australia wide celebration of the print media during the 2016 Year of Print celebrations to show that the interest in printmaking is sustained and sustainable in the long term and that artists, galleries and collections remain committed to it as a practice, artform and collectable item.
The selected artists are from different cultural backgrounds, different geographical locations and are at different stages of their careers thereby providing a comprehensive view of what contemporary Australian printmaking is and how it remains relevant in the age of digital reproduction. The exhibition aims to surprise viewers with the versatility of the print medium and to reveal the diversity and ingenuity of the artform.
Aura draws together artists, some of whom have decades-long careers as printmakers, and others whose engagement with it has irrevocably changed the way they work, what they make and how they make it. The work in the exhibition will be a combination of wall-based prints, installation, sculpture and video from emerging, mid-career and established artists.
The participating artists are: Alison Alder (ACT), Anna Kristensen (NSW), Ben Rak (NSW), Erica Seccombe (ACT), Gary Carsley (NSW), Judy Watson (QLD), Michael Kempson (NSW), Milan Milojevic (TAS), Samuel Tupou (QLD) and Tony Curran (ACT).