Fossil – a slow-acting violence

2–19 August 2017

Curated by Felicity Spear


Felicity Spear- Vanitas (2017) — digital print

Curated by contemporary artist Felicity Spear, the art works in Fossil – a slow acting violence are speculations on the nature of the fossil and the different and unexpected ways this can enter our thinking.

The exhibition brings together five artists: Simon Finn, Harry Nankin, Debbie Symons, Anne Scott Wilson and Felicity Spear.

They create works using diverse media to tease out the ways in which the fossil is connected to time and place, life and death, technology and the inevitability of change. Over many millennia often violent changes have taken place on Earth which have gradually been revealed through the fossil record.

Fascinating and beautiful fossil specimens give us insights into the evolution of life on Earth. However the images in this exhibition remind us that while we may be seduced by Nature’s intensely seductive surfaces, thinly exposed beneath them is a deep pathos embedded in the destructive power of nature, including ‘human nature.’

Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne.

Ad Hoc

18 January–4 February 2017

Sky Lab: Kepler’s Dream

18 August–25 September 2016

La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo

Coinciding with National Science Week


Lesley Duxbury - Night Vision(s) 2016 (detail)
Inkjet print on aluminium – 200 by 300 cm

While humans are arguably the ‘caretakers’ of a vulnerable space capsule we call Earth, we keep extending our reach through increasingly complex technologies, searching for faint whispers from beyond and speculating: What’s out there? How does it work? Are we alone?

In the two galleries and two courtyards of the light filled and darkened spaces of the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre Gallery in Bendigo, nine contemporary artists bring the 17th century German astronomer Johannes Kepler’s still prescient ideas to life. Among other ground-breaking research Kepler wrote Somnium (The Dream), a theoretical guide for an adventurous lunar expedition. Perhaps an early science fiction? But it was also an allegory promoting the Copernican view of a heliocentric universe where planets spin in elliptical paths.

The artists include Dan Armstrong, Magda Cebokli, Lesley Duxbury, Simon Finn, Sam Leach, Harry Nankin, Felicity Spear, Tarja Trygg (Finland) and Paul Uhlmann. Working with a diverse range of media including an outdoor camera obscura, starlight exposed gelatin silver films, digtal prints, solargraphs, 3D constructions, sound works, video and painting, these artists examine our responses to a complex physical universe.


National Science Week
13–21 August 2016

Imago Mundi Australian Contemporary Collection

Looking Down Under: Contemporary Artists from Australia

Looking Down Under: Contemporary Artists from Australia
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Felicity Spear - Light-Years

Felicity Spear — Light Years (2015)
Oil on canvas - 10 x 12 cm
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Felicity Spear is one of a number of Australian artists contributing to the Imago Mundi Australian Contemporary Collection housed at the Benetton Foundation in Italy. Touring in 2016. Rosa Maria Falvo is the curator of the Imago Mundi Benetton World Art Collection.

Felicity Spear entry in Looking Down Under

Felicity Spear’s entry in Looking Down Under: Contemporary Artists from Australia
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