Sitelines presents new installations, photographs and light-works by Natasha Johns-Messenger, an artist from Melbourne now based in New York, whose art explores the gap between knowledge and perception. A starting point for her work came from her discovering that the stars we see in the night sky may no longer exist. She tries to replicate this sense of wonder by creating spatial and viewing experiences that make us question what is real and what is not.
Johns-Messenger achieves this by blurring the divisions between her work and the exhibition site itself. Her works extend the architectural features of the Heide galleries, and emphasise the existing relationship between the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Several installations use mirrors in a disorienting way that expands our awareness of where we are – we need to pay close attention to our surroundings rather than relying on automatic memory or logic. They act like periscopes or camera lenses that frame Heide’s garden views. A series of photographs and a film delve into subtler layers of seeing, by uncovering colours, shapes and lines present in the Heide landscape, sometimes at a microscopic scale.
Exhibition Dates: 25 June – 25 September, 2016
Curator: Linda Michael
Location: Heide II, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Rd, Bulleen VIC 3105. Ph: (03) 9850 1500
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, Public holidays, 10am-5pm. Cost (includes entrance to other Heide galleries) $18/$14, Children under 12 and Members – Free.