REPEATER: from the collection

Peter ATKINS Corona totem 1991 (detail) mixed media on board 40.5 x 40.0cm Gift of Mr Murray Lott through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2013 Newcastle Art Gallery collection Courtesy the artist
2 June – 5 October 2020
10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, 7 days during school holidays

Free exhibition

Repetition is a device that has been employed by artists for centuries, it can be used to create a sense of rhythm and movement, to focus intently on one object, to master a technique or meditate on an idea.

REPEATER: from the collection is a diverse display of mediums and methods that all employ repetition in some way. From collecting household items and arranging them en masse to create new perspectives on the everyday; looking for patterns within nature; amplifying the qualities of a medium through repetitive markmaking; to performing a ritual of repeating the same motions and retracing the same paths as a means of meditation or mindfulness.

REPEATER: from the collection presents works of art that imitate life amidst a pandemic, as we take a more minimalist approach to life, or find ourselves repeating the same motions day after day. But instead of monotonous or mundane, repetition can be comforting. This exhibition encourages us to focus on the beauty of the familiar.

Featured in the exhibition for the first time are new acquisitions by Daniel Boyd, Robert Jacks, Jennifer Keeler-Milne, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Reko Rennie, contemplative works by locally born or based artists Peter Atkins, Nicola Hensel, Bree Rooney and Lezlie Tilley, as well as hidden gems and iconic favourites from the collection by Marion Borgelt, Kerrie Lester, Peter Tully and many more.

Banner image: Carl PLATE PMC 5, 1974 1975 magazine paper collage on paper 17.2 x 22.2cm Purchased 2010 Newcastle Art Gallery collection Courtesy the artist’s estate.



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