The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present this year’s Masters of Fine Arts graduate exhibition, Dogwood. This is an excellent opportunity to view the work of five emerging artists whose practices explore the mediums of painting, photography, video and installation. An illustrated catalogue will be available.
In a city famous for photographs, Sean Alward examines the current possibilities of painting. His oil on wood board works juxtapose artifice and order with notions of primal nature. In The Next Cabin (2000-2002), Gavin Hipkins exhibits photographic fragments of sites not always pictured in travel brochures of the North American West Coast. Tim Lee’s video installation and two photographic panels use the strategy of the sight gag to stage humourous plays on the notion of the amateur comedian and musician. Natasha McHardy disrupts the clean white cube of the modernist gallery space with an installation, a mockumentary and a suite of images united with a common material: bubble gum. In her project entitled Erewhon (Nowhere) (2001-2002), Ann Shelton presents a series of photographs that infuse images of uncertain or unknown sites with uncanny resonance.