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Meet artist Kate McMillan at the John Curtin Gallery

Media release

C308/08

18 November 2008

Sunday@Curtin 30 November

Meet artist Kate McMillan at the John Curtin Gallery

Visitors to the John Curtin Gallery will have an opportunity to meet internationally celebrated Perth artist Kate McMillan and attend the launch of the catalogue for her exhibition on Sunday 30 November.

The exhibition catalogue for Denise Green: Out West will also be launched on the day.

The works in Lost are based on the intriguing history of the Buried Village in New Zealand and includes an eerie audio installation and large scale photographs.

McMillan explained her process and how she came to create these intriguing works.

“As is often the case with my work, I begin with a personal story or place and add layers of meaning that intertwine and respond to one another,” she said.

“The images in the exhibition feature current day scenes from Lake Tarawera in New Zealand, where my late father’s childhood holiday home was located. It is also the site of a devastating volcanic eruption in the late 19th century that buried the villages surrounding the lake.

“Based along the most active geo-thermal area on the planet, the soil around the lake is constantly shifting and moving, both revealing and concealing the activity that bubbles away under the surface.”

Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet Cat Hope who helped McMillan produce the sound component of the installation.

The exhibition runs concurrently with the Gallery’s last exhibition for 2008, Denise Green: Out West that showcases the work of the Australian-born New York-based artist and writer.

Curated by Professor Ted Snell, Dean of Art at Curtin University of Technology, the exhibition features a number of defining pieces borrowed from private Western Australian collections.

One of her works, Blue re-witnessing, which was inspired by the events of 9/11 and the collapse of New York’s World Trade Centre will feature in the exhibition.

The collection also includes paintings and drawings created during the 80’s and 90’s and now held in the collections of Western Australian institutions and private individuals.

The colour catalogues accompanying Lost and Out West focuses on the series of works produced by the artists. The Lost 24-page catalogue includes an essay by Geraldine Barlow, Curator of the Monash Museum of Art in Melbourne.

Denise Green: Out West have catalogue essays by curator Ted Snell and John Stringer, former curator of the Kerry Stokes collection.

The John Curtin Gallery is open on Sunday November 30 from 1pm until 4pm. Kate McMillan will be there from 3pm until 4pm.

Editors note:
Information on Kate McMillan and Denise Green and graphics of their artworks, along with photo and interview opportunities, are available on request.

Modified: 19 November 2008