Event Details

Wednesday, 22 April 2009
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
UQ Location:
James and Mary Emelia Mayne Centre (St Lucia)
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Event Contact

Ms Gillian Ridsdale
Org. Unit:
The University of Queensland Art Museum

Event Description

Full Description:
Brook Andrew is a Melbourne based artist who works with neon, installation, photo-media, mixed-media, performance and video. Andrew challenges cultural and historical perception, using text and image to comment on local and global issues regarding race, consumerism and history.

His most recent mixed-media works The Island series, currently on display at The University of Queensland Art Museum, draws on Prussian naturalist William Blandowski’s etchings of Australia from the 1850s. Sourced from the Haddon Library at Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom, these works portray a wild and romantic Australia.

Andrew’s work often dives into the political and social, not only challenging historical and personal conventions, but also allowing for other possibilities with regard to the ‘gaze’ and the consumer implicit activity in global issues.

These themes inspire Andrew to travel locally and internationally, actively visiting museum collections and local communities to research and make new work.

Recent major solo exhibitions include BROOK ANDREW:Theme Park at the Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, Holland, from October 2008 to April 2009.

Installed over three levels of the museum, this exhibition combines new and recent work from The Island series, 2008, and video work Interviews, 2006, as well as creating site specific installation work incorporating Aboriginal objects from private and public museum collections including the Royal Museum of Central Africa (Musee Royal de l’Afrique Central), Brussels.

In the exhibition catalogue Marcia Langton writes “Brook Andrew’s Theme Park re-invents the Aboriginal ‘type’ exhibited in the old circus with both grave and ironic intent”.

Brook Andrew is currently based in New York, and in 2009 will create new work for the art space Detached in Hobart.

Exhibition dates: 30 January – 26 April 2009

Refreshments served following the talk.
Free. All welcome.
UQ Art Museum open until 8.00pm.
RSVP acceptances only by 15 April.
e: artmuseum@uq.edu.au
t. 07 3365 3046

Directions to UQ

Google Map:
To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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