The Canberra Museum and Gallery has a vitrine out front which enables a rolling series of invited installations. It has a history of generating really interesting displays. One of my favourite sites.
Until mid-September you’ll see Jan Hogan’s To shadow, an installation made of Japanese woodblock prints with Sumi ink and builders pigment on Kozo light with the plywood woodblocks on the floor. It fills the whole space. Hogan says:
“To shadow traces the shimmering and shifting forms observed on Gundaroo Common in the small country town of Gundaroo, New South Wales. The shadows of clouds, trees and the artist’s body merge and are overlaid onto undulating ground, and these moments in time are rendered as woodblock prints on Japanese paper, using eucalyptus ink from the trees on the Common, Sumi ink and earth pigments. The works on paper float on the wall above the jigsaw cut-out woodblocks from which they are printed, forming an interconnected network. This work investigates the possibility of a meeting point between Indigenous and settler culture, through the ancient idea of ‘the common’, land shared and used for the benefit of all. The visual effects of this work suggest how various and fluid are our relationships to place, and how different views and memories of the same place can co-exist and expand individual perspectives.”
It’s an awkward space to photograph effectively (thanks here to Keven), so you’d better get over to see it for yourself…