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"Forgetfulness and Thunder: A Mixed-Media Installation by David LeMay"
2002-05-10 until 2002-05-25
24 HR Art - Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art
Darwin, NT, AU

David LeMay’s mesmerising installation explores the conjunction of memory, family and landscape. This new body of work grew out of the culture shock and heightened sense of cultural awareness undergone by the artist since moving to the Territory. The exhibition is an immersive experience featuring low-tech projections using overhead transparencies, wall mounted transparencies and other layered images.

The works in Forgetfulness and Thunder represent a meld of past and present  where one image merges with the other creating a multi faceted, ambiguous whole. Incorporating the experience of landscape as the substructure for the development of ideas the artist explores nostalgia as well as referencing Paul Carter’s notions of a migrant aesthetic .

The artists states:  While living in the Territory certain images from the past, from before I was born and not long after, have become increasingly significant to me. The reasons for this are varied but what is of interest here is how they have filtered their way into my work that was ostensibly concerned with landscape. As figurative elements they internalise the reading of the landscape while simultaneously the landscape externalises their intimacy, projecting it, as it were, to the sublime limits of the horizon. It is in this indeterminable space that the exhibition, Forgetfulness and Thunder dwells.


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