Cal­lum Mor­ton | John Nixon | David Noo­nan | Mike Parr | Nightshifts

night­shifts

26 May – 29 Octo­ber 2023
Bux­ton Contemporary

night­shifts con­sid­ers the impor­tance of soli­tude through con­tem­po­rary arts prac­tice. Shift­ing in and out of focus like a dream­scape, the exhi­bi­tion looks to the shad­ows and after hours’ as metaphors for the work and think­ing that hap­pens beneath the sur­face, away from the pub­lic gaze: time alone in the stu­dio, dur­ing the qui­et of the night and while asleep.

Span­ning a range of his­to­ries and media, works from the Michael Bux­ton and Uni­ver­si­ty of Mel­bourne Col­lec­tions includ­ing pieces by Cal­lum Mor­ton, John Nixon, David Noo­nan and Mike Parr, along­side new com­mis­sions, offer­ing a con­tem­pla­tive coun­ter­point to the recur­ring empha­sis on col­lab­o­ra­tion and hyper-vis­i­bil­i­ty in con­tem­po­rary practice. 


These artists demon­strate the nat­ur­al cycles and shift­ing con­di­tions of work­ing alone, from rumi­na­tion to med­i­ta­tive, flow-like states and the peri­ods of qui­et and rest that nec­es­sar­i­ly fol­low. Solo human jour­neys and cos­mic tra­jec­to­ries diverge and con­nect, and per­spec­tives on Deep Lis­ten­ing demon­strate the pow­er of sin­gu­lar focus to sharp­en atten­tion and reveal things unseen. 


Curat­ed by Han­nah Pres­ley and Anni­ka Aitken.

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