For this installation, the artists consider collective memory and the deployment of nostalgia in the public space. With the expansion of neo-conservative ideas, an evocation of reminiscence seems to be “in play”, placing progressive thought under duress.
Remembering and forgetting.
The artists provide a desk with a lamp and a chair to invite reflection. An old school book is placed on the desk, opened at a black and white photograph; the image is a commonplace bush scene from the past, and the book is stale in its materiality. However, loosened from the page, enlarged and placed on the wall, an inexact remnant floats on its own.
This work is staged to animate the idea of memory, the fragility of the mind and perhaps a nostalgia for something that never happened.
Jane Trengove has shown extensively in Australia and has regularly exhibited with Sutton Gallery since 1995. Recent exhibitions include Pointillism, 2015, Thank You, 2012; and Understudy, 2011. Other selected individual exhibitions include; This One is for You, 2012, in collaboration with Susan Long, Techno Park Studios; Field, Canberra Contemporary Arts Space, 2003; Slit, in collaboration with Susan Long, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne 2000. Trengove has also featured in numerous group exhibitions including f generation; feminism, art, progressions, 2015, George Paton Gallery; National Works on Paper, Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, 2012. In the year 2000 Trengove undertook an Australia Council studio residency in Los Angeles. Her work is held in a number of public and private collections, including Artbank and National Gallery of Victoria.
Susan Long completed a Master of Fine Art at the University of Melbourne University in 2001. Recent solo exhibitions include START,Sutton Projects, Fitzroy, 2014; This One is for You, Techno Park Studios, 2012; Big Sky,Techno Park Studios, 2009; Pass, CCP, 2005; and SLIT, 200 Gertrude Street (front gallery), 2001. In 2016 her work was included in Wildcards and Fugitives, Joyce McGrath Gallery, State Library of Victoria. Long’s works are held in prestigious collections including Rare Books Collection, State Library of Victoria; Legal Aid Collection and private collections in Australia.Jane Trengove’s profile