July 03

WAVES, CONTROL ROOMS, UN-RESETTLING

James and friends

James, Dan and Katina

Two wonderful exhibitions, Un-resettling James Tylor and  The Waves + Controls Rooms Chris Bennie, opened at Photoaccess last night and because it was Photoaccess we left the photography to Director Jan Falsone who has done a brilliant job … although that is scarcely surprising ! CCAS’s David Broker opened the exhibitions since he has known Chris for yonks, James for quite a while, and Chris’s visit to Canberra is a partnership with CCAS, Photoaccess and Ainslie +Gorman Arts Centres’ Visiting Artists Program. He said that on the surface there will not appear to be much in the way of similarity between these two exhibitions.  However. The classical issue of awesome nature and control lies at the heart of their practices. James ironically reinstates/reintroduces aspects Aboriginal culture to National Parks, once a home for Indigenous people, and now little more than a strange illegal paradox of dispossession. Chris’s The Waves and Control Rooms highlight grandiose futility with a complex web of dials and buttons in the face of a tsunami ironically sourced from surfing magazines. Both artists are adept in balancing a sense gravitas with thinly veiled contempt for common human delusion. Well if that doesn’t excite you nothing will. Contemporary photography and video installation at its very best. Un-resettling and  The Waves + Controls Rooms at Photoaccess until 26 July. 

Chris Alex and Annika

Chris Alex and Annika

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Brett and John

Claire and Helenee

Claire and Helen

Kate and Sabrina

Kate and Sabrina

Ashane and Gus

Ashane and Gus

Georgia and Clare

Georgia and Clare

Dave and Keren

Dave and Keren

Brian and Robyn

Brian and Robyn

Sean and Asha

Sean and Asha

Debbie and friends

Debbie and friends

Alex and Neil

Alex and Neil

Speeches with David, Jan, James and Chris

Speeches with David, Jan, James, Chris and Brett