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"Liminal Personae: Susan Norrie, Laurens Tan, Anita Larkin, John Massingham, Luis Trujillo, Jade Pegler, Joanne Handley, Iain Whittaker, Megan Sproats, Aaron Hull, May Barrie"
2006-06-28 until 2006-07-16
Project Contemporary Artspace
Wollongong, NS, AU Australia

Loosely translating as ‘threshold people’, liminal personae is an exhibition of and about artists who challenge the stereotypes about artists who live outside the metropolitan centres and who walk the fine threshold of acceptance. Most of the artists featured reside, or have had regular interaction with Wollongong and the Illawarra and this exhibition aims to gather them all together, without them having to squeeze themselves into a theme or exhibition brief.

Curated by Lauren Brown and Moira Kirkwood, with support from Arts NSW, the artists have been paid for their contribution, haven’t had to pay to exhibit, nor have they had to jump through the regular hoops of exhibition proposals and funding applications in order to exhibit. Co-curator Moira Kirkwood has described liminal personae as an exhibition that “has given the artists an opportunity to just create work”

This exhibition celebrates the idiosyncrasies of these artists – their particular practices, ideas, concepts, materials, living arrangements, physical or mental circumstances, histories, or lack thereof. The artists involved span a range of disciplines and experience: the curators have rejected the usual practice of showing work by only emerging artists, or only those who have been artists for 20 years or more.

Using Susan Norrie’s 1989 Peripherique exhibition at the Wollongong City Gallery and the ideas it raised as a starting point, the curators have developed a show fostering contemporary culture without slavish comparison to the metropolitan capitals.

Co-curator Lauren Brown said this week “This show is not a show ‘about Wollongong’, rather it is about not having an ‘about’, but bringing together a group of artists whose work and ideas are worthy of taking notice of, wherever they live.”

IMAGE
Joanne Handley
Talk the Talk (Diversions and Machinations of the Language Game)
mixed media
120 x 240 cm
2006

Joanne Handley has been a Premiere Portfolio Artist at absolutearts.com since 2002. View more of her work at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/j/joannehandley/.


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