Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Western Australian Artists @ Wallflower Photomedia Gallery'

Event Title: Intimacies - Western Australian Artists @ Wallflower Photomedia
Participating Artists: Christophe Canato, Erin Coates, Thea Costantino,
Justin Spiers, Christine Tomás.

Venue: Wallflower Photomedia Gallery, 42 Deakin Ave Mildura, Victoria.

Description: Intimacy is a complex aspect of human relationships. The
'appropriate' level of familiarity or closeness between family members,
people of the same or opposite gender, people of different ages or social
rank, animals and so forth, is largely determined by cultural context.

At different times, there have been punitive consequences for the wrong kind
of intimacy — and, in this sense, perspectives on closeness are a potent
measure of a given culture's values. In the contemporary Western world,
where technology brings us closer even when we are physically distant, and
where social propriety is much more relaxed than in the past, intimacy is a
decidedly subjective notion. When it is welcome, it is the special
connection, often non-verbal, experienced with a fellow creature. However,
unwelcome intimacy is experienced as a violation of personal space and
etiquette. It is possible to experience intimacy when it is not tangibly
perceivable — a close relationship might be felt with deceased people,
deities or inanimate objects, for example. Indeed, we might impose intimacy
upon an object that has little say on the matter. The artists in this
exhibition examine this rich ground, embroiling the viewer in diverse
perspectives on intimacy.

Dates: 7 June 2013 to 7 July 2013.
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 10-5pm, Sat 12-4pm.

For more information, contact: perthartists@westnet.com.au.

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