Beyond Visibility brings together imaginative, scientific and traditional mappings of the night sky.
Celebrated indigenous artist Gulumbu Yunupingu’s larrakitj are covered with a mesmerizing array of tiny star shapes, creating a three-dimensional forest of galaxies for the viewer to explore. David Malin’s immense, true-colour photographs capture light that has been travelling for ‘thousands, sometimes millions of years across space and time’ and reminds us that life on earth began in a swirling cloud of stardust. In a speculative and playful way, the mural-sized abstract mappings by Felicity Spear reference the deep and seemingly infinite extent of the universe and current understandings of the curved nature of space and time.
David Malin, Felicity Spear, Gulumbu Yunupingu
Curated by Felicity Spear and David Malin
Coinciding with the International Year of Astronomy 2009
Beyond visibility was shown at Monash Gallery of Art in May – June 2009
David Malin, The Corona Australis reflection nebula, 2008, ink jet print. Courtesy of Anglo-Australian Observatory and David Malin Images.
Gulumbu Yunupingu, Garak, the Universe (detail) 2007, earth pigments on hollowed log. Courtesy the artist, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka, NT & Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
Felicity Spear Deep Field (detail), 2005-07, ink jet prints, 7 panels. Courtesy the artist Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne and Fermywoods Contemporary Art Gallery, UK