Here and Now 13
HERE&NOW13, presented as a part of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s annual exhibition of emerging Western Australian Artists, will for the first time bring together 11 of Western Australia’s most outstanding artists with disability. The exhibition – alongside an extensive publication and a public program – will aim to highlight the uniqueness of contemporary disability arts practice.
HERE&NOW13 will see a diverse group of artists including Katarina Barber, Patrick Carter, Clive Collender, Aquinas Crowe, David Guhl, Tim Maley, Julian Poon, Jane Ryan, Robert Turpin, Lisa Uhl and Robin Warren explore processes of communication, embodiment and narrative through a variety of art forms including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, performance and the digital medias. Audiences are invited to step inside each artist's own idiosyncratic way of knowing and being in the world.
The exhibition is positioned in relation to recent developments in contemporary art, particularly witnessed throughout the United States and the United Kingdom, where innovative and critical models of exhibition and writing have emerged to consider disability arts practice contextualised within the larger narrative of contemporary art, both locally and internationally. HERE&NOW 13 will add to this argument and endeavor to elevate perceptions of contemporary disability arts practice within Western Australia.
HERE&NOW13 will mark the culmination of a year-long project conceived by DADAA, which has aimed to foster professional and practical development amongst the selected artists, through a program of mentorship. Having worked with some of Western Australia's most prominent artists – including Benjamin Forster, Rebecca Baumann and Sohan Ariel Hayes – each artist will present a new body of work for the show.
HERE&NOW13 is the result of an exceptional partnership between Disability Services Commission (DSC), the Department for Culture and the Arts (DCA), DADAA and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Other partners include Central Institute of Technology, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, and the League Arts Natural Design Studio and Gallery (LAND) New York.
The exhibition will be on display at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia, from 26 July to 28 September 2013.