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Paperwork? Collage and its expanded field

Paperwork? Collage and its expanded field 

Curated by Emma Nixon 

German Surrealist and Dada artist Max Ernst describes collage as the “chance meeting of two distant realities on an unfamiliar plane.” This idea - to enmesh, to abstract, to layer, to juxtapose, to alter, or activate a multiplicity of diverse objects together as one – is the essence of collage. Paperwork? Collage and its expanded field probes the pre-conceived notions of collage as ‘paperwork’, a view of the medium that derives from its early twentieth-century beginnings. The exhibition invites eight Melbourne artists, from a variety of disciplines, and stages in their career, to ruminate on these ideas and explore different ways a collage could be realised. The synthesis of their eclectic text, paint, paper, photography, textile and installation-based responses acts as a long–form answer to a seemingly simple question.

Renee Cosgrave 
Minna Gilligan
Masato Takasaka 
Lizzie Boon
Julia Powles
John Nixon
Briony Galligan
Bethany Woolfall

Opening 3-5pm 
7th October, 2018
Second Space Projects
Level 2, 95 Victoria St, Fitzroy

I’d like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, as the traditional owners of the land the opening will take place on and I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and future.