Fiona Connor: Wallworks at MUMA from 18 July – 20 September 2014
Opening event: Saturday 19 July 2014, 3-5pm
With opening remarks by Professor Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University at 3.30pm
Presented across the entire museum, Wallworks is the first major solo exhibition in Australia by New Zealand-born, Los Angeles-based artist Fiona Connor. The exhibition sees Connor work with the Monash University Collection and associated works to recreate the location and installation of a number of artworks that hang in offices, lecture theatres and public spaces across Monash campuses, bringing the various architectures of the University into the museum along with the artworks themselves.
For Wallworks, Connor turns her attention to the everyday settings of Monash University to provide an intimate look at the life of an artwork after it has entered an institutional collection. Having spent time exploring the Monash University Collection as it is installed across the University’s campuses, Connor upends the conventions of museum display by recreating the location and installation of a number of artworks that hang in staff offices, hallways, libraries and other public spaces; bringing the various architectures of the university into the museum along with the artworks themselves. Connor has reproduced her chosen sites in precise detail in order to capture their specificity, personality and lived history. In replicating the walls on which each artwork is hung, the framing devices – such as the texture, colour and architectural trimmings of the walls – are turned into an artwork in their own right, revealing the ways that art interacts with its environment.
The exhibition includes artwork by Buyuwuy, Marianne Baillieu, Noel Counihan, Geoff Lowe, Bertram MacKennal, Michael Nicholls, John Olson and Trevor Vickers.