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"Mirage: A Group Show Curated by Bec Dean"
2003-02-25 until 2003-03-30
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, , AU

This atmospheric exhibition of new work in video, installation, photography and wall drawing, has been created by ten young Australian artists, exploring ideas of fakery, fabrication, illusion and the unreal in art and contemporary culture. Works included are by Andrew Best (SA), Sarah Contos (WA), Sean Cordeiro (NSW), Thea Costantino (WA), Claire Healy (NSW), Sedon Pepper (WA), Simon Pericich and Sohan Hayes (WA), Rick Vermey (WA), Neil Wallace (WA), and Tan Teck Weng (WA).

Mirage transforms perception through a combination of atmosphere and heat. It creates an illusion interpreted not only through our sensory perceptions but possibly conditioned by our psychological states. Is Mirage an optical illusion that plays before our eyes, or the image of something long sought-after or desired? In desert-bound war films, a mirage always deceives; its chimerical promise of oasis drawing many a desperate legionnaire to his sandy death. A simple misperception leads to false notions, delusion and hallucination.

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts opens its doors for 2003 with an atmospheric summer exhibition of new work in video, installation, photography and wall drawing, created by ten young Australian artists. Each artist has been invited to participate because of their interest in investigating ideas of fakery, fabrication, illusion and the unreal in art and contemporary culture. Their myriad interpretations are tackled in many and various ways from formal, optical and material processes through to sinister recreations of childhood nightmares, staged ‘accidents’, surreal portraits, veiled intentions, empty threats and things that go bump in the night. Each work, whilst different one from the other, shares perceptual peculiarities that invite the viewer to look very carefully at what they think they’re being shown. These artists want to mess with your mind.

IMAGE:
Claire Healy
From Dusk ‘till Dawn
2002. Uncut cotton looped weave (beachtowels)


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