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Testing Ground

Salamanca Arts Centre presents Testing Ground

Curated by Julie Gough

Download the Catalogue for Testing Ground

Touring Dates:

·   Devonport Regional Gallery (TAS) 4 May – 16 June 2013
·   Flinders University City Gallery (SA) 22 February – 4 May 2014
·   Broken Hill Regional Gallery (NSW) 16 May – 29 June 2014


Details of the original exhibition, held in the Long Gallery at Salamanca Arts Centre below:

Exhibition Dates:
Thursday 14 March – Sunday 28 April 2013
10:00am – 5:00pm daily

Official Opening:
Thursday 14 March 2013 @ 4:00pm


Exhibiting Artists

1491s, Ólöf Björnsdóttir, Trudi Brinckman, Darren Cook, Rebecca Dagnall, Sue Kneebone, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Jeroen Offerman, Perdita Phillips, r e a, Keren Ruki, Christian Thompson, Martin Walch and Siying Zhou


Salamanca Arts Centre has commissioned curator Julie Gough for their 2013 major exhibition, Testing Ground. Julie has curated 14 artists who are literally ‘testing’ new ideas, new forms and new processes of working. A key intention of this exhibition is to destabilise populist expectations about culture, nature and place for both artist and audience.

As part of the Ten Days on the Island program, Testing Ground hosts the work of 14 artists from local, national and diverse international backgrounds. Four of these artists are Tasmanian; Martin Walch, Trudi Brinckman, Darren Cook and Nancy Mauro-Flude.

Darren Cook explores the process of creating a never-ending sculpture through digital-recording of his daily additions behind the screen. Nancy Mauro-Flude has created a 3m healing flag with hand-sewn sequins that create an AR layer, which can be scanned by visitors on their smart-phones to explore the work further online.

National artists include Perdita Phillips (WA), Rebecca Dagnall (WA), Siying Zhou (NT/VIC), Sue Kneebone (SA),Christian Thompson (SA) and r e a (NSW). Christian Thompson’s Lost Together is a series of prints that reflect his need to imbue a sense of Australia into the world. Sue Kneebone’s (SA) images in the series Continental Drift andPlanning a Paradise present environments modified through digital manipulation.

International artists include Jeroen Offerman (Netherlands), Ólöf Björnsdóttir (Iceland), Keren Ruki(Aotearoa/NSW) and the subversive YouTube comedy collective the 1491’s from Oklahoma, USA.  Jeroen Offerman(Netherlands/UK) documents a performance of singing Stairway to Heaven backwards – investigating the supposed hidden or evil satanic messages that were believed to be contained within LP recordings made in the 60’s and 70’s. The 1491’s push the boundaries of cultural expectations with such videos as Slapping Medicine Man.

The exhibition is as much about the artists assessing themselves and their work as testing audience response. Exhibited works are of large and intimate scale sculpted objects, installations, photographs, projection and screen-based works, a laboratory of artists’ self-initiated insights into ancestry, personal influences and cultural practices.



Image Credits: Rebecca Dagnall, Paradise 9 (2009) (detail).

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