Sandra Selig: exploring giant molecules
- When 27 Aug - 20 Nov 2022
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
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‘exploring giant molecules’ is the largest exhibition to date of Australian artist Sandra Selig, bringing together key examples of her interdisciplinary projects from the past two decades.
Selig works at the intersection of visual art and experimental music, using humble materials such as thread, paper, light and sound to articulate intangible notions of form, space, and time. Rather than a chronological overview, the exhibition responds to Selig’s site-specific and iterative practice. It presents six projects that address the dominant concerns, materials, and forms of Selig’s ongoing bodies of work, including the artist's pendulum salt drawings that transform throughout the exhibition. Also included are new thread installations that respond to the gallery’s architecture and spider webs captured on paper — projects that have evolved organically over time and in response to the spaces Selig works and exhibits in.
The exhibition’s title is a discarded text fragment from an old science book, the source material for her ongoing ‘Cut poems’ series. Selig’s work with sound and experimental music also feature in an accompanying live performance by Primitive Motion.
Curator: Hamish Sawyer
Developed in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast, where the exhibition is presented from 18 February—7 May 2022. Presented with the support of Arts Queensland.
Interview by Hamish Sawyer, James C. Sourris Artist Interview Series 2017-2018
John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland
2.00pm 27 August 2022 | UNSW Galleries and online at unsw.to/galleries
Learn more about the exhibition with Sandra Selig and exhibition curator Hamish Sawyer.
Primitive Motion Performance
3.00pm 28 August 2022 | UNSW Galleries
Primitive Motion is Selig’s collaborative project with fellow artist Leighton Craig that continues her interest in sound, music and improvisational form. The duo is celebrated for their durational performances, often staged in non-traditional settings, and accompanied by video projections made by Selig and Craig.
Accompanying the exhibition is the artist’s first major monograph. It features essays by Hamish Sawyer, Leighton Craig and Professor Susan Best, alongside an interview with José Da Silva, providing important and timely scholarship on Selig’s work and documentation of the exhibition. To support the production of this book, Selig has created the unique edition Matter and being 2021 that connects to the artist’s ongoing interest in line and space within found and built environments.
Image: Sandra Selig, 'heart of the air you can hear' 2011. Polyester thread nails, synthetic polymer paint. Installation view: Monash University Museum of Art. Image courtesy of the artist, Milani Gallery, Brisbane and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney. Photograph: John Brash