Image: Matt Coyle, 'Full Cry' (detail), 2018. Courtesy of the artist.

15-Feb-2019 - 14-Jul-2019

Dirty Paper

Matt Coyle, Joel Crosswell, Tom O'Hern, Lucienne Rickard and Andrew Harper with works by Andrew Clifford and Rodney Febey.

EXHIBITION: 15 February - 14 July 2019

LOCATION: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) 



Dirty Paper features five Tasmanian artists who have created and curated new works in response to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) collection. In addition, it includes works produced by two Tasmanian artists in the 1980s and the 1990s. 

Matt Coyle, Joel Crosswell, Tom O’Hern and Lucienne Rickard are well known for their innovative approaches to drawing. After extensive tours of TMAG’s collection and meeting curators from various disciplines, they have each chosen to respond to objects such as dioramas, moths, megafauna models and sculpted busts.

For nearly 30 years, artist and writer Andrew Harper has collected drawings by local artists in the form of zines, photocopied flyers and posters, which he has recently donated to the TMAG collection. For Dirty Paper, he has chosen to focus on two extraordinary yet little known Tasmanian artists from this collection: Rodney Febey and Andrew Clifford.

Drawing is at the heart of Dirty Paper and the title stems from a quote by the 19th Century critic John Ruskin who once provocatively claimed that ‘all art is but dirtying paper delicately’.

Dirty Paper is the eighth collaborative exhibition curated by Contemporary Art Tasmania and TMAG.



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