12 August – 28 March 2014
Shibboleth by Colin Rhodes is the first project in the Fisher Library Series of Art Installations which explore ideas about the functions and purposes of libraries and the many different manifestations of books available to readers and researchers through library collections. The Series will also look at how contemporary art can revive an appreciation of the printed page in an age of digital media.
Colin Rhodes is the Dean of Sydney College of the Arts. Rhodes’ research is primarily in the areas of 20th century and contemporary art history and theory. He has written and lectured widely on Modernism, especially Expressionism in its many forms, and Self-Taught and Outsider Art. His books include the influential Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (2000), which has also been published in Spanish, French and Finnish editions, and Primitivism and Modern Art (1994), which is also in French translation. He has a particular interest in the ways in which western art and culture has interacted with that of its perceived others, and in those cultures of production that exist in the margins of the dominant art world. He is a regular contributor to Raw Vision, Création Franche and The Burlington Magazine. He has a keen commitment to drawing and exhibits his own art occasionally.
This installation is curated by Michael Goldberg, a senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts. He holds a particular interest in working in spaces not usually associated with contemporary art and how artwork that is commissioned specifically for those spaces can enliven them, encourage discussion and bring about new perspectives. He has curated art projects for Sydney Living Museums at Elizabeth Bay House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the Australian Museum and the City of Sydney.
The installations makes use of minimal labeling and instead encourage viewers to look at Tumblr and other blog sites associated with the projects. These online resources will offer artists’ information, descriptions and interpretations.
The exhibition is presented by the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and Sydney College of the Arts
Where: Exhibition showcases, Level 2, 3 and 4, Fisher Library North.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website
Image C.Rhodes, Australian Spirit I-IV and Nude Woman with Raised Arms (Level 2 Fisher North) taken by Michael Goldberg