Cleveland gallery’s photographic coup

Take a walk on photography’s wild side at Photographic Abstractions, a Monash Gallery of Art travelling exhibition showing at the Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, from Sunday 30 March.

The exhibition, which continues to Sunday 11 May, draws on the Monash gallery’s collection of works by 33 Australian artists who use photography for the abstract rather than to simply document the world.

Redland City Arts, Culture and Innovation spokesman Paul Bishop said the event was a coup for the Cleveland gallery, capturing a rich history of abstract Australian art photography.

“Photography is recognised for its ability to show the world as it is but this exhibition sets out to challenge these assumptions,’’ Cr Bishop said.

“As co-curator of the exhibition and the Monash gallery curator Stephen Zagala says, the artists represented here are less concerned with documenting the world and more interested in engaging the senses, exciting the imagination and making the ordinary appear extraordinary.”

A highlight is a selection of works by the iconic Australian photographer David Moore, who experimented with abstract photography alongside his more well-known figurative work.
All of the works in the exhibition are held in the Monash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Collection. A nationally significant collection of Australian photography, the Collection comprises over 2000 works illustrating the development and evolution of the photographic medium in Australia.
“This is part of a highly significant cultural asset held by Monash, a cultural institution of national importance, so it is a feather in our cap that we can be bring it to the Redlands’’ Cr Bishop said.

Artists represented will also include: Andrew Browne, John Cato, Jo Daniell, John Delacour, Peter Elliston, Joyce Evans, Chantel Faust, Susan Fereday, Anthony Figallo, George Gittoes, John Gollings, Graeme Hare, Melinda Harper, Paul Knight, Peter Lambropoulos, Bruno Leti, Anne MacDonald, Grant Mudford, Harry Nankin, Ewa Narkiewicz, John Nixon, Rose Nolan, Jozef Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski, Robert Owen, Wes Placek, Susan Purdy, Scott Redford, Jacky Redgate, Wolfgang Sievers, David Stephenson, Mark Strizic and Rick Wood.

WHAT: Photographic Abstractions (A Monash Gallery of Art travelling exhibition)
WHERE: Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
WHEN: Sunday 30 March – Sunday 11 May 2014. Floor talk and morning tea from 11.30am on Sunday, 13 April 2014.
OPENING EVENT: 6pm Friday 28 March 2014, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. RSVP by Wednesday 26 March 2014 on (07) 3030 4163 or email