WAVES, CONTROL ROOMS, UN-RESETTLING
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.