exhibition redraws the definition of drawing

The Australian Embassy Bangkok proudly presents Erased: Contemporary Australian drawing, an exhibition of works by six internationally renowned Australian artists engaged in transforming the definition of drawing.

The tour of Erased is presented by the Asialink Centre of the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales and profiles the diversity and strength of current contemporary Australian drawing practices.

Curated by Natasha Bullock, Curator, Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Erased features works by artists from Australian urban and indigenous backgrounds: Christian Capurro, Simryn Gill, Jonathan Jones, Tom Nicholson, Raquel Ormella and Vernon Ah Kee. The artists explore social issues ranging from environmental awareness, industrial relations and nationalism, to more subtle statements about image-making in contemporary culture.

The aim of Erased is to expand our understanding of drawing, which is based not only on mark-making, but also emphasises the importance of erasure or removal - an inherent albeit silent part of the creative process of drawing.

Each selected artist in Erased has established an ongoing practice from which they make work that creates a space for political considerations, stemming from a sense of transformation or loss.

While it is easy to think of drawing as a conventional and perhaps conservative art form, Erased celebrates the freshness and vibrancy that Australian artists are bringing to the medium.

- PSG Art Gallery of the Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, Silpakorn University, from 5 to 28 June 2010, opens Monday – Sunday from 10 am - 7 pm, and is closed on public holidays. Tel: 02-221 0820, 02-225 8991
Opening ceremony on Friday 4 June 2010 at 6.30pm.

-Art Gallery of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Chiang Mai University, Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, from 9 to 29 July 2010, opens Monday - Friday from 8.30am – 4.30pm, and is closed on weekend public holidays. Tel: 053-944 805, 053-211 724
Opening ceremony on Thursday 8 July 2010 at 6pm.

- The Khon Kaen University Art and Culture Museum, 7 to 30 August 2010, opens daily from 10 am – 7pm, Tel: 043-332 035
Opening ceremony on Friday 6 August 2010 at 5pm.

Media contacts:
Benchawan Tanjaroensub
Media Officer
Australian Embassy, Bangkok
Tel: 02 344-6463
E-mail: benchawan.tanjaroensub@dfat.gov.au


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