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Art Exhibition: Revference [sic] @Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Thu., 16/03/2017, 5:30 pm – Sat., 26/08/2017, 2:00 pm AEDT
From the classically beautiful to the decidedly quirky the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts contains a myriad of priceless treasures. Housed within LINC Tasmania it is sometimes referred to as Hobart’s secret jewel.
Over the past year a group of local artists have been invited to study the collection, to read the stories and to draw and photograph the objects. In doing so the artists have chosen their favourites pieces as inspiration for making new works.
As time travellers from the present to the past these contemporary works will be displayed inside the Allport ‘rooms’ interrupting the calm, distorting the known, and reflecting on cultural change.
Revference [sic] will tantalize viewers with the heady and mesmerising mix of old and new.
Curated by Christl Berg and Penny Carey-Wells the show also includes Lorraine Biggs, Irene Briant, Faridah Cameron, Chantale Delrue, Diane Masters, Janelle Mendham, Leonie Oakes, Julie Payne, Diane Perndt and Francis Watson.
It will encourage viewers to reconsider how every family’s life and home reflect time and place, and how family interactions reverberate across generations. Where and how we live make us who we are. By studying the Allports we learn about early Hobart but also reflect upon our own ancestors and our role in the story of this city.
Look out for a trap, placed to catch the unwary gambler perhaps, or wayward fox escaping from a tapestry. Compare a painting of an ancient woman making porridge with a young girl enjoying her bowl of muesli. Be amused by the fine patterns painted on Chinese-made take away food containers and consider what this means in our throwaway world.
Reflect on how war was a shared tragedy for most Australian families and how those soldiers lost so long ago overseas will never disappear from our hearts and minds. Ponder the life of a young woman desperate to allay her very human temper against the religious dogma that tells her she should be good.
Be excited to encounter rare shells, digital portraits, oversized herbals, blown eggs, enlightening diaries, astounding maps and floating crockery. Enjoy the whimsy, the intrigue, and the darkly dangerous wild flights of fantasy.
Revference [sic] at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is the place to visit over the next few months.