Utopian Australia Exhibition: Curator Request Essay

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Utopian Australia Exhibition Dear, selection committee As curator I wish to recommend the inclusion of artworks by Danie Mellor and Cia Guo-Qiang for the upcoming exhibition “Utopian Australia – the Lucky Country?”. Utopia is defined as “an imagined place or state in which everything is perfect”. Danie Mellor and Cia Guo Qiang, both explore this idea of transformation through landscape, culture and country, employing symbols, narratives, traditions and materials to convey their own ideas on Utopia. To persuade you in this decision the deconstructing of the artwork, artists, compositional features and the individual meaning of the artwork and why this fits into the theme of the exhibition will be discussed. One of the most unique…show more content…
Utopian Australia Exhibition Dear, selection committee As curator I wish to recommend the inclusion of artworks by Danie Mellor and Cia Guo-Qiang for the upcoming exhibition “Utopian Australia – the Lucky Country?”. Utopia is defined as “an imagined place or state in which everything is perfect”. Danie Mellor and Cia Guo Qiang, both explore this idea of transformation through landscape, culture and country, employing symbols, narratives, traditions and materials to convey their own ideas on Utopia. To persuade you in this decision the deconstructing of the artwork, artists, compositional features and the individual meaning of the artwork and why this fits into the theme of the exhibition will be discussed. One of the most unique exhibitions held at GOMA, is the Cai Guo-Qiang art exhibition, ‘Falling Back to Earth’ which presents major new works by a truly global artist, whose large-scale installations and explosion events have made him one of the most innovative figures in contemporary art. The centrepiece of the display ‘Heritage 2013’ features 99 replicas of animals from around the world, gathered together to drink from a blue lake surrounded by clear white sand, replicating the lakes of Stradbroke Islands. The focal point Cia Guo-Qiang has created is the water. As it has drawn the animals to drink, so it draws the eye but then the animals and their reflections display their own characteristics. Through the use of placement and size of the animals around the
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