Animals rule our world; the penultimate sentiment of Arts Project’s first 2017 exhibition Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom.
Opening Saturday 4 February at Arts Project Australia Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom investigates the complex and immeasurable role animals play within our world by considering the various ways animals are continuously aestheticised, and experienced, as spiritual, domestic and ecological symbols.
Curated by Melissa Petty, the exhibition examines animals as galvanising symbols of family, wildness and the otherworldly and speaks to our enduring fascination with their striking physicality and investigates how their distinct behaviours continue to shape our culture beyond measure. With the exhibition being opened by Abi Crompton, founder and CEO of Third Drawer Down, Luminous kinship, sentient kingdom examines the many faceted and unique relationships we have with animals through work created by artists at Arts Project Australia including Lygin Ang, Dionne Canzano, Alan Constable, Katie Foster, Bronwyn Hack, John Huggins, Jodie Noble, Anthony Romagnano and Megan Sloan amongst others.
This exhibition posits that for these artists, animals are a sustaining influence that drives, informs and enriches their creative practice. From the tender alliance we have with our animals at home, to the fluidity of wildlife that fascinate us as they free roam in nature, to riding on the backs of what are perhaps spirit animals, (animal totems, hybrid and anthropomorised forms) this exhibition seeks to emphasise the unique position these sentient beings have in enriching and boldly illuminating our world.
Pictured: Alan Constable
Not titled 1995
pastel on paper
66 x 50cm