Golden Mountain


with Renato Colangelo / Mark Connors /
David van Royen / Vivian Cooper Smith /
Ian Tippett
1 – 19 September 2010
c3 Contemporary Arts Space, Melbourne


“Tis an established maxim in metaphysics, That…nothing we imagine is absolutely impossible. We can form the idea of a golden mountain, and from thence conclude that such a mountain may actually exist. We can form no idea of a mountain without a valley, and therefore regard it as impossible.”
David Hume ‘A Treatise of Human Nature’



Arguable though this statement may be, it offers a point of departure for the five artists asked to consider these fundamental questions. ‘What is imagination?’ and ‘what part does it play in my life?’
The five photographers met monthly over the course of a year to discuss these questions and develop an exhibition. It was a process of review and critique but also one of conversation and inspiration.
A key image from each artist is uniformly hung on one wall while facing them is a wall of free association and imagination. Reminiscent of the creative process images, references and styles interact and inform each other. The work confounds and intrigues viewers with its shifting authorships while the individual strength of the images take this exhibition beyond mere game playing. It encourages viewing to be more than just passive observation.
It asks viewers to engage, explore and imagine.
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In the future business #1
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In the future business #2
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In the future business #3
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Royal Park #1
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Royal Park #2
60 x 40cm / Edition of 10 / 2010