Watt Space invites you to the first exhibition launch of 2019!!
Opening Night Event: Thursday 7 February 6pm- 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 6 February – 3 March 2019
Gallery Hours: Wednesday till Sunday 11-5pm
Dandelion: Josiah Cocking
Curated by Jodi Vial
Supported by the GLAMX lab at Auchmuty Library
The exhibition Dandelion: The words and images of Josiah Cocking, draws on a photographic and written archive donated by the Cocking family to the University of Newcastle in 1999. The archive includes photographic portraits of Josiah’s own and others’ families, but beyond that, it provides indelible images of life around the closing of the nineteenth century in outer-lying Newcastle towns. Josiah may have been behind the camera when many of the images were captured, but his archive provides a clear image of the man he was – his passion for poetry, his socialist heart, his joy and grief and his love of family. He often submitted poetry for publication under the pseudonym “Dan D. Lion”, and this exhibition reflects the nature of the dandelion to bloom briefly with great intention, to embrace the seasons of its life and to scatter the seeds of its memory far beyond the ground in which it once grew. The photographs included in this exhibition were chosen from the 221 images digitised in 2018 by the University’s Cultural Collections and available at livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au.
Process and Reality
‘Process and Reality’ Is about the state of which things exists. This idea is explored through a post-minimal installation which makes use of the obscure materials used throughout the casting process. By making use of crumpled, folded and draped materials as a way to suggest metaphorical notions of movement. As a result, they act as a sort of action sculpture, a contemporary means of the artist’s expression. Further engaging the viewer’s experience of the fundamental nature of materiality.
Headlines of future past
Alternative processes speak of alternative times, usually reminiscing about the past. But we can turn the same techniques to the future, and consider what our history to come may be.
PORTRAITS OF GHOSTS
Exploring the idea of the photographic self-portrait beyond traditional definition, Portraits of Ghosts uses the documentation of a diverse collection of materials to consider a less conventional idea of self. Visualising the forms and the planes of the face through the fabric, plastic and paper the works considers identity in an uncanny and haunting way that draws allusion to the mortal, dying self. Documenting the absent images of no one at all this exhibit confronts the human condition in a sombre yet unsettling way.