A.D.S. DONALDSON, JULIA GORMAN, MICHAEL GRAEVE, SANDRA SELIG
Curator: Max Delany
Generously Supported By The Besen Family Foundation
Octopus No.1 inaugurated an annual series of exhibitions at 200 Gertrude Street designed to present the work of significant emerging and established artists and recent tendencies in art practice locally and nationally. Octopus No.1 presented the work of A.D.S Donaldson, Julia Gorman, Michael Graeve and Sandra Selig, four artists whose work might be understood to advance or engage with contemporary abstract painting. Acknowledging the changing perception of objects according to the tenets of the digital, the virtual and the technological, the exhibition proposed a form of techno-minimalism, characterized by immersive and phenomenological experience. With guest curators invited to present subsequent exhibitions, the Octopus series aimed to promote and increase opportunities for contemporary Australian artists and the development of excellence and innovation within a supported, critical public context. Ensuing exhibitions have taken up different positions in order to provide diverse arguments for, and representations of, the vigorous character of contemporary art in Australia.
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