On the Surface of Things
Firstdraft Gallery – 2013

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On the Surface of Things is an attempt to dissect the complex and fluid relationship between the surface and the submerged. Concerned with mutable boundaries and shifting planes, the exhibition draws attention to the interstitial space between over and under, veil and veiled.

The artists featured share a preoccupation with surface, skin, screen and shroud. They erect edifices and penetrate palimpsests. Moving across thresholds, their work animates the logic of the liminal and in-between.

This collective fascination with surface is interrogated in relation to the ontological specificity of the photographic medium. Preserving moments beyond the limits of chronology, the photograph is cloaked in a temporal shroud. The tangible and tactile becomes an imprint of light on a flat plane.

To photograph is to cover and to drape.


Featuring: Kate Beckingham, Bianca Chang, Deb Mansfield, Sarah Mosca,
Tasha Ong, Isobel Parker Philip, Eloise Rapp, Jacob Ring, Justine Varga

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Supported by the
Firstdraft Curatorial Grant


16th October – 2nd November
Opening night 16th October 6-8pm


Firstdraft Gallery
116-118 Chalmers St Surry Hills
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