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Out of the Matrix exhibition curator Richard Harding and printmaker Marian Crawford explore the notion of the ubiquitous print.
By evoking printmaking’s ‘mother’ matrix through reproducibility, the RMIT Gallery exhibition Out of the Matrix (6 May - 11 June) reflects back into printmaking’s multiple pasts to extend and thus project out to imagined futures. This folds into notions of the multiple, ready made and mass production.
Curated by Dr Richard Harding, Senior Lecturer of Print Imaging Practice at RMIT, the exhibition features artists who have a connection to the RMIT printmaking studio either as staff or alumni. Print does not necessarily have to be on paper.
"Notions of enactment and performance resonate with many artists who utilise a matrix base. A printed mode of production may bring with it a consciousness of the moment of contact between plate and paper as an event, as a ritual or even an embrace," Dr Harding says.
Richard Harding and Marian Crawford
Dr Richard Harding is a print based artist and Senior Lecturer at the School of Art, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Within a print based art practice, Harding explores the use of printmaking’s intrinsic qualities of sameness and difference through the multiple with the merging of traditional and contemporary print methods. Harding’s visual research is informed by architectural and queer theory utilising print media, analogue and digital, as vehicles for an ongoing art practice. He has produced two-dimensional, installation, video and object based works. Harding completed a PhD by Project in 2014 titled Juxtapose: an exploration of gay masculine identity and its relationship to the closet. Printmaking plays a fundamental and interrogative role within this project through its facility of reproducibility and thus production of multiples while the term straight acting activates the print based preoccupation of the real and unreal, the authentic and replica with the original and the copy.
Marian Crawford is a visual artist and lecturer at Monash Art Design & Architecture in Melbourne, Australia. She was Convener of IMPACT7 international interdisciplinary printmaking conference at Monash University, September 2011. She has a Master of Arts (Research) from RMIT University, Melbourne.
Her works explore the print’s relationship to the publication of the news and the dissemination of information, an artist's capacity and responsibility to report on and engage with current events, and the power and significance of the art object in this context. Many of her works investigate representations of loss and processes of mourning, focusing on biodiversity and environmental degradation, asking whether printmaking processes have at their heart an engagement with repetition and multiplicity that echoes the iteration of mourning processes.
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RMIT Gallery is located at 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets (Melways reference: 1A J4).
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.