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Testing Ground

Presented by Salamanca Arts Centre
and part of the Ten Days on the Island 2013

Curated by Julie Gough

Salamanca Arts Centre’s
Major Curated Exhibition for 2013


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.


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
Siying Zhou

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

Thursday 14 March 2013 @ 4:00pm

On Tour

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

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

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