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dOFa08 opens at the John Curtin Gallery

Media release

C168/08

12 June 2008

Friday 20 June to Friday 1 August

Curtin University of Technology’s highly anticipated postgraduate exhibition, dOFa08, featuring a diverse collection of works by students from the Department of Art, opens June 20.

The John Curtin Gallery, celebrating its tenth anniversary, will showcase the works of graduating Master of Philosophy and Master of Arts students from the Department of Art at Curtin.

From digital projections that perpetuate a perception of loss, to paintings that investigate notions of mindfulness and evoke feelings of transcendence and empty, mindless space, to digital media that examines the human condition within its surrounding environment, dOFa08 offers something to interest everyone.

Curtin Dean of Art Professor Ted Snell said the exhibition shines a spotlight on the work of seven talented emerging artists.

“dOFa is always an exciting exhibition because it documents the focused energy of a group of artists who have completed five to six years of intense engagement in their practise,” Professor Snell said.

“The exhibition is diverse, intriguing and stimulating. For those wondering where to find the next stars of the art scene, dOFa offers some useful clues.”

The dOFa08 exhibition, which runs until 1 August, includes work by the following artists:

Beth Kirkland – paintings that investigate mindfulness as a way to resist the pressures in the work place
Dragica Milunovic – paintings that intrigue with an illusion of depth imbued with movement, conveying a feeling of transcendence to the viewer
Kuemhee Oh –fibre works that transform perception and synchronize the mind and body
Mark Parfitt – installation works that originate from a desire to transform an ordinary life into something celebratory
Lynn Smith – digital projections that perpetuate a perception of loss
Fong-Yeng Soon –paper works that investigate the concepts of truth and nothingness
Julian Stadon – a new media project that examines the human condition within its surrounding environment.

The John Curtin Gallery is open between 12pm and 5pm from Monday to Friday, plus 1pm to 4pm on Sunday 29 June and Sunday 27 July.

Editor/COS: Information on exhibiting artists and graphics of artworks, along with photo and interview opportunities, are available on request.

Contacts: Pauline Williams; Project Officer; Curtin; 08 9266 4024; P.R.Williams@curtin.edu.au OR
Monique Billstein; Public Relations; Curtin; 08 9266 3353; 0401 103 018; M.Billstein@curtin.edu.au

Modified: 13 June 2008