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Opening Night - Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature + In Light of Shadows + FLORA

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Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery

35 Stirling Highway

University of Western Australia

Crawley, WA 6009

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We launch the 2018 exhibitions program with the opening of three new exhibitions at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. - Zadok Ben-David: Human Nature, presented as part of the Perth Festival and supported by the Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts, In Light of Shadows, presented by the Berndt Museum and FLORA, drawn from the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art.

OPENING NIGHT:
FRIDAY 9 FEBRUARY, 6 - 8PM
LAWRENCE WILSON ART GALLERY

Refreshments will be served. Enquiries: P: 08 6488 3707 or lwag@uwa.edu.au

Image: Zadok Ben-David, The Other Side of Midnight (detail), 2013, hand painted stainless steel, dia. 300cm. Courtesy Shoshana Wayne.




Zadok Ben David: Human Nature
10 February - 21 April 2018
Curated by Felicity Fenner.
A Perth Festival exhibition supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts.

Take a closer look – things aren’t always quite what they seem. A suspended sphere hovering above comes to life under UV light to celebrate the rhythmic beauty of nature. A field of miniature plants resembles a bush fire-ravaged landscape, only to reveal new life.

These two breathtaking installations are the centrepiece of Human Nature, an exhibition by prominent Yemen-born, London-based artist Zadok Ben-David that brings optimism and a touch of magic to issues such as our relationship with nature and our views of life and death.


In Light of Shadows
10 February - 7 July 2018
Presented by the Berndt Museum, curated by Sarah Ridhuan.

Notions of light and shadow occupy a space within different socio-cultural imaginings and understandings of particular realities – including ideas of knowledge, mortality, morality, power and memory.

The human response to light and shadow - both as metaphor and as practice – is intertwined with different perceptions of luminosity (or lack thereof) that reveal and conceal various experiences of the world. This exhibition explores cross-cultural understandings and material expressions to present light and shadow as existing in harmony with one another rather than in opposition.

Focusing on the Berndt Museum’s Asian Collection, In Light of Shadows encourages audiences to question the meaning of light and/or darkness in relation to other cultures and within themselves.


FLORA
10 February - 21 April 2018
Curated by Gemma Weston.

Flowers carry a multitude of meanings and uses: they can represent love, honour or death, are used as decoration or medicine, are maligned by art historians for their ‘useless beauty’, and celebrated in science for their role in sustaining ecosystems. Often, flowers are aligned with women or with femininity, connections that colour the ways in which we value, understand, and construct our world.

Taking inspiration from Zadok Ben-David’s Human Nature, this exhibition presents a bouquet of works drawn from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art in which flowers and floral motifs are documented, celebrated, mused upon or deconstructed.

An immersive sound commission from Western Australian artist and musician Mei Saraswati augments the exhibition.

Exhibitions from the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art are supported by SHEILA A foundation for women in visual art.

View all related events to the exhibitions on lwag.uwa.edu.au

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