Category : Behind-the-scenes

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Olafur Eliasson ‘The cubic structural evolution project’ 2004

Work continues on preparing the massive new configuration of Olafur Eliasson’s The cubic structural evolution project 2004. In the interactive work, audiences participate in the construction of a cityscape using white Lego blocks. Discussing the work, Eliasson has stated:

. . . my works in general discuss the notion of a reality being constructed, that ideas such as ‘nature’ or ‘science’ are models for how we perceive reality. So the notions of ‘construction’ and ‘models’ are very present in all my work. I have always put an effort into exposing the way my work has been constructed, so as to suggest that there are not any universal values connected to human experience. Actually I would argue that there is no ‘nature’ but only ‘culture’ and that as we experience so called ‘nature’ we also cultivate or constitute it.

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: decolonizing.ps ‘The Book of Migration’ 2009

Gallery staff have completed the installation of a specially produced display of The Book of Migration 2009, a project by the collaborative group decolonizing.ps that intertwines art, architecture, politics and ecology to envision new possibilities for the structures of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Xu Zhen ‘ShanghART Supermarket (Australia)’ 2007-08

Gallery staff are stocking Xu Zhen’s reconstruction of a typical modern Chinese supermarket. Fully stocked, but with empty packages, the installation is intended as an ironic and complex statement on the art world, hinting at the inflated market prices and voracious demand for contemporary Chinese art.

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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Martin Creed ‘Work No. 965: Half the air in a given space (purple)’ 2008

Exhibition staff have begun the process of preparing Martin Creed’s installation Work No. 956: Half the air in a given space (purple) 2008. In the installation visitors will encounter a gallery space filled with approximately 3000 purple balloons. Strongly connected to the legacy of 1960s installation and conceptual art, Work No. 956 profoundly affects the viewer’s spatial and bodily awareness. Characteristic of Creed’s approach to art-making, the work’s matter-of-fact title and rigorous conceptual basis is partnered with an infectious sense of humour and surprise.

21st Century: Art in the First Decade
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Installation view: Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane | Photography by Natasha Harth

Behind-the-scenes: Tony Albert ‘Sorry’ 2008

Conservation staff have completed in the installation of Tony Albert’s Sorry 2008. The work was inspired by former prime minister Kevin Rudd’s formal apology to Indigenous Australians on 13 February 2008. On this day, Australia witnessed one of its most overtly optimistic displays of unity and emotion and, in the eyes of many, grew up. Capturing this outpouring of emotion in his work, Tony Albert introduces us to a forest of faces, each of which shares a history with those stolen from their people, land and culture. Each also represents a false identity; a manufactured black face made to fit a white society. By collecting and reintroducing these so-called ‘kitsch’ items into the world as ‘Aboriginal’ art, Albert affords each object a new and different life in the company of kindred souls: his practice is a liberation.