ARTBANK EXPLORES THE WAITING ROOM

Paddington | 6-May-2016
The Waiting Room is the latest exhibition from Artbank, launching on 12 May 2016, with works drawn from its extensive collection of Australian contemporary art and curated by Artbank's Head Curator Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Says Daniel of the inspiration for the exhibition: "Waiting can be unpleasant and gruelling, a forced pause in our busy lives. The works selected for The Waiting Room reflect on time, memory and a desire to draw attention to the way we understand and perform this taken-for-granted facet of everyday life. A familiar experience, the act of waiting is tinged with melancholy, regret, longing and unrequited desire." 'The Waiting Room' is open to the public and may be viewed at Artbank Sydney, 222 Young Street, Waterloo, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Visit the Artbank website for details of special showings and performances: artbank.gov.au/exhibitions
Venue: Artbank Sydney
Address: 222 Young Street, Waterloo
Date: 12 May to 6 August
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Ticket: Free
Web: artbank.gov.au/exhibitions
EMail: naomi@blackcommunications.com.au
Call: 411623423
The Chosen, Redman 2003 04 Cherine FAHD
Artworks from the Artbank collection are often encountered in waiting rooms.

The Waiting Room is the latest exhibition from Artbank, launching on 12 May 2016, with works drawn from its extensive collection of Australian contemporary art and curated by Artbank's Head Curator Dr Daniel Mudie Cunningham.

Says Daniel of the inspiration for the exhibition: "Waiting can be unpleasant and gruelling, a forced pause in our busy lives. The works selected for The Waiting Room reflect on time, memory and a desire to draw attention to the way we understand and perform this taken-for-granted facet of everyday life. A familiar experience, the act of waiting is tinged with melancholy, regret, longing and unrequited desire. Waiting amplifies the embodied character of time, magnifying the ticking clock, the 'melt of time', bearing down on our collective mortality."

These themes are explored in the collected artworks and borne out in three of the exhibition's featured works: The Chosen, Redman (2003-4) by Cherine Fahd; The Artists' Wife (1978) by Prue La Mott and Sound is Vibration, Colour is Light, Friends are Everything (2008) by Nell. Through these and other Artbank artworks, The Waiting Room explores ideas around time, love, success, frustration, impatience and unfulfillment, as well as the popular stereotype of the artist awaiting their 'muse', accentuating the importance of waiting in relation to the production and reception of art.

The Waiting Room forms part of Artbank's expanded approach to supporting and promoting the work of Australian contemporary artists, and all artworks shown will be available for lease. The Waiting Room is open to the public and may be viewed at Artbank Sydney, 222 Young Street, Waterloo, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Visit the Artbank website for details of special showings and performances: artbank.gov.au/exhibitions

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