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Front Beach Back Beach- Exhibition @MPRG

posted on 2023-08-24, 05:59 authored by David CrossDavid Cross, Cameron Bishop, Danny Lacy
Front Beach Back Beach- Exhibition @MPRG



Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

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Background Following the FBBB public art project in November 2022, a substantial retrospective of documentation and artefacts was configured for exhibition at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery across November 2022-February 23. This exhibition co-curated by David Cross Cameron Bishop and Danny Lacy sought to investigate how a temporary art project located in the public realm could be recontextualised within the gallery/museum space. In seeking to critically examine the role of documentation in the dissemination of public art, this exhibition asked how static components might be located or utilised to activate different understandings of timebased public art. Contribution Consisting of the artefacts and video and photographic documentation of the fifteen temporary public art commissions from FBBB, this exhibition sought to interrogate the complex relationship across time and space between performative event and its assorted material forms. It specifically asked how can the resonances of cultural engagement in the public realm be constructively or productively framed for audience within the gallery or museum space? This research examined the role of didactic signage and exhibition design in creating a tissue of correspondence across the 15 individual works proffering new knowledge as to how public experience can manifest. Significance Located in leading Australian regional cultural institution, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, this output came about through the peer esteem of Cross and Bishop being selected by noted Australian curator Danny Lacy to undertake curatorial research. The exhibition also evidenced the high calibre of collaborators including recent VCA Art prize winner Lisa Waup, Melbourne Now exhibiting artists Taree McKenzie and Kait James and 2023 Yalinga Fellowship artist Maree Clarke.


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Front Beach Back Beach


Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

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