12 May 2020 – 15 Jul 2020
Opening: Tuesday 12 May 2020
The Newcastle Art Gallery launched this evolving online exhibition of works presented across the social media accounts of public galleries in Australia. They published the following text through their instagram account:
Initiated by the @nas_au and @newcastleartgalleryaustralia, the exhibition highlights artworks from the collections of participating institutions that embody the idea of stillness. As COVID-19 restrictions ease and the pace of regular life cautiously resumes, On Stillness reminds us to slow down and remain observant. Follow the #onstillnessexhibition to see the growing number of works and gallery collaborators.
‘To compliment the Peter Rushforth works from the @NAS_au collection we have selected this skyscape by Newcastle born, Copenhagen based Kirrily Hammond. The gradient of greys in the sky mirroring those on Rushforth’s chun glazed vase. Hammond’s works capture “small moments of the sublime in the everyday – moments to pause and to appreciate.”
On her practice, the artist writes: “My compositions are usually focused on a small part of a landscape, making it hard to recognise the overall location. Rather than striving to depict a specific place, I’m interested in the moments when light catches a cloud, or when streets become indistinct at dusk.”
While our worlds have temporarily become a lot smaller, Swoon I 2009 reminds us to use the stillness to find the sublime all around us.’