Major new public artwork on show

Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) | 5-May-2016
A major new public artwork by artist group Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP) is now on show in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).
Venue: Monash University Museum of Art in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court
Date: April "“ September 2016
Gormenghast, 2016. Photo: John Gollings
A major new public artwork by artist group Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP) is now on show in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court at Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA).

In the form of a temporary and evolving architectural structure, the work is the key site for Art holds a high place in my life | Damp: study of an artist at 21 - a series of exhibitions and events curated by Monash University Art, Design and Architecture (MADA) PhD candidate Rosemary Forde.

Throughout the year, the two-level structure at Caulfield campus will provide a base for Forde's curatorial project, with exhibitions, events, and study group seminars to take place at the site. The program presents a survey of new and existing work by the Melbourne artist group Damp, drawing on 21 years of practice from a group that has involved more than 70 members over the years.

Forde said Damp began as students at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995. As young artists they were interested in working together and expanding the audience for contemporary art.

"Students at MADA are involved in the program throughout the year in different ways: designing the branding and signage, meeting as a study group researching Damp, and presenting their own projects on the site," she said.

"I wanted to present a program that highlights Damp's vast contribution to local contemporary art, but that is also open and responsive to the MADA students and campus community as a primary audience."

The collaboration between Damp and MAP to create the architectural structure in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court is the first commissioned work by MAP, which specialise in art in the public sphere.

MAP, led by Professor Callum Morton Head of Fine Art at MADA, designed the flexible structure to suit the many functions it needs to fulfil.

"The stage-like framework is a striking visual presence on its own, but it will also be added to and adapted throughout the year by Damp as an evolving work. It will be these transformations, as well as students and audiences activating the site in different ways that will complete the work," Professor Morton said.

The structure will be at Monash University's Caulfield campus in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court until September 2016.

Gormenghast, 2016

Damp and Monash Art Projects (MAP)
Commissioned by MAP with support from Curatorial Practice, MADA and MUMA
Hosted by Monash University Museum of Art in the Ian Potter Sculpture Court
Curated by Rosemary Forde
April "“ September 2016

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