Event Details

Friday, 05 July 2013
5:00 pm - 6:00 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

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Before the opening, discover more about the exhibition with artist Alex Selenitsch and curators Katarina Paseta and Michele Helmrich.

This exhibition examines the emergence of Concrete Poetry in Australia in the mid-1960s and its subsequent developments. 'Born to Concrete' presents works from Heide Museum of Modern Art’s extensive collection of Concrete Poetry. Augmenting this is a group of works from The University of Queensland Art Collection, featuring works created in the 1970s through to the present day.

Concrete Poetry is a cross-pollination between art and literature that takes many forms, including printmaking, typewriter text, Letraset, sculpture, found objects, and more. Arising in the 1950s in separate initiatives by Swiss and Brazilian writers, it soon became an international movement, extending out of the literary sphere and into the art world. Treating the poem as an object, artists combined language and visual imagery in the spirit of earlier avant-garde movements – Cubism, Dada, Futurism, Surrealism and Fluxus among them – each of which used language in experimental ways.

A focus of the exhibition is the work of Sweeney Reed, which is presented alongside that of his contemporaries, including Alan Riddell, Alex Selenitsch and key international figure Ian Hamilton Finlay. Taking its title from the first Australian journal dedicated solely to Concrete Poetry, 'Born to Concrete' also features examples of the vibrant local publishing initiatives of artists and poets who created new avenues for the presentation of Concrete Poetry. Recent works by artists such as Vernon Ah Kee, Eugene Carchesio, Gordon Hookey and Grant Stevens are included.

'Born to Concrete' is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue featuring essays by artist Alex Selenitsch, reflecting on the Melbourne scene, and Anne Kirker, who explores the impact of the late Nicholas Zurbrugg, a featured artist and advocate for Concrete Poetry and the Fluxus movement during an academic career in Brisbane spanning some 17 years.

An earlier version of this exhibition, titled 'Born to Concrete: The Heide Collection', was presented at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2011. The exhibition in its present form is a collaborative project with The University of Queensland Art Museum.

Curators: Katarina Paseta and Linda Short (Heide Museum of Modern Art); Gordon Craig and Michele Helmrich (UQ Art Museum). The exhibition continues until 6 October.

Free. All welcome.
RSVP Thursday 27 June 2013
07 3365 3046

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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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