Australia China Art Foundation is thrilled to announce that former ACAF featured artist Janet Laurence exhibits in Animate/Inanimate, Inaugural TarraWarra International 2013, at TarraWarra Museum of Art from 29 June – 6 October 2013.
TarraWarra Museum of Art enjoys an established reputation in Australia. In particular, they aim to achieve international significance by expanding their exhibition program to include art from abroad in the Inaugural TarraWarra International 2013.
Animate/Inanimate is proposed that five artists will be featured in this exhibition: Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Caldazilla (USA), Amar Kanwar (India), Janet Laurence (Australia), Lin Tianmiao (China) and Louise Weaver (Australia). These artists make connections between life and non-life, between human and animal, and human forms and scientific discoveries. The rolling hills of the Yarra Valley will provide an agricultural, historical, economic and indigenous context for their works.
In 2012 the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation commissioned a major work by Janet Laurence, entitled After Eden, which explored the plight of animals, and the degradation of our environment. This work involved the use of animal specimens from the Australian Museum in Sydney, along with glass cabinets that contained plant specimens and a major video of elephants and panda bears. The works were contained within zones that were marked out by suspended translucent veils in the Sherman Foundation Gallery. On previous occasions Laurence has worked with Healesville Sanctuary, taking photographs of the animals, and visiting the animal hospital. It is proposed that Laurence will build on these previous works and create a new installation that will consider the border zone between animate and inanimate and our experiential and cultural relationship with the natural world. Her work echoes architecture while retaining organic qualities and a sense of instability and transience.
After Eden Series: The Other Face of Nature by Janet Laurence, which is particular relevance for ACAF’s work and collaboration, has exhibited in 1/2 SCENE — NORTH VILLAGE INDEPENDENT WORKSHOP & AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS GROUP SHOW at XLYMoMA in Chengdu from 7 Jun – 7 July 2013.