STOPPING TIME: Material Prints 3000 BCE to Now

Noela HJORTH Memory Traces 1979 lithograph (ed. 6/6) 152.2 x 107.3cm Purchased 1985 Presented in 1985 by Mr Rudi Pauli, Tynte Gallery, Adelaide. Newcastle Art Gallery collection © Courtesy the estate of Noela Hjorth
29 February – 10 May 2020
10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, 7 days during school holidays
STOPPING TIME: Material Prints 3000 BCE to Now expands on the definition of printmaking by bringing works of art together in thematic clusters, regardless of their period or place of production, collapsing the temporal distances between them and emphasising the dual power of material prints to embed or carry time and to stop time as we engage with them.

The exhibition extends well beyond the usual point of origin for printmaking in the fifteenth century when Johannes Gutenberg (1400-1468) invented the movable type printing press, to the perceived decline of printed imagery with the development of digital photography at the end of the twentieth century.

From ancient Mesopotamian images pressed in clay from cylinder seals to contemporary 3-D printing this exhibition positions traditional prints as part of a much larger constellation of printmaking. The timeless encounter with material prints can be described as “aesthetic time” (Keith Moxey Visual Time: The Image in History) but when artists attempt the synthetic transfer of ideas into matter and image it is more a process of collective cultural imagining and technological revelation rather than aestheticism.

Featuring key works of art from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection, STOPPING TIME also includes works of art from the Griffith University Art Museum along with several private collections and recent works of art by contemporary artists including Ali Bezer, Blair Coffey, Ryan Presley and Pamela See.

Visit the Stopping Time website: https://www.stoppingtimeart.com/

 

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John COBURN
The 6th Day: God created Man 1977
screenprint on paper, edition 34/50
52.0 x 72.0cm
Purchased with assistance from the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council 1978
Newcastle Art Gallery collection
Courtesy the artist's estate

Supported by

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Noela HJORTH Memory Traces 1979 lithograph (ed. 6/6) 152.2 x 107.3cm Purchased 1985 Presented in 1985 by Mr Rudi Pauli, Tynte Gallery, Adelaide. Newcastle Art Gallery collection © Courtesy the estate of Noela Hjorth

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  • Exhibition entry FREE

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Venue

Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill
2300