The Hunter Red suite of exhibitions represents a collaborative vision shared by Hunter-based cultural institutions: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery and The Lock-Up.
Each institution and exhibition under the Hunter Red umbrella examines a different vision of our region. It incorporates voices ignored and marginalised as well as celebrating joy and the fragility of our humanity. Newcastle Art Gallery’s exhibition Hunter Red: Corpus is proudly part of this collection interchange and exchange.
Corpus is defined in several ways - it can be a collection of written texts, the entire works of a particular author or a body of writing on a particular subject. It is also an anatomical reference to a main body or mass structure.
This exhibition interrogates the body across platforms such as painting, photography, sculpture, works on paper and video work. All are unified by themes of the body represented in different and arresting ways - as controlled, out of control, stolen, the abject or ‘other’.
Exhibition objects include medical items from the former Royal Newcastle Hospital (Newcastle Museum collection), to Indigenous works of art depicting traditional body painting and emotional stories of displacement. War and genocide is represented in Goya’s masterful prints depicting the horrors of the war against the French in 19th century Spain, while Patricia Piccinini’s video and works on paper draw on themes of reproductive technology.
Newly created work by artist Braddon Snape will be exhibited for the first time, alongside emerging contemporary artist Juz Kitson whose unique wall pieces examine psychoanalytic theories of abjection and ancient traditions of animism.
The overarching exhibition theme of red is loaded with symbolism and tactile metaphors. The colour also provides audiences with an exploratory experience in the Gallery space with works of art that evoke life, death, blood, reproduction and mortality.
Corpus brings together local, national and international practitioners, including Vernon Ah Kee, Selena Archibald, Donna Biles Fernando, Anne Ferran, Francisco Goya, Bill Henson, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Dani Marti, NELL, Prince of Wales (Mitbul), Julie Rrap, Judy Watson and many other artists.
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