NGV unveils three new acquisitions - Art Collector

25 July 2011 | Work by David Noonan, Richard Lewer and Tom Nicholson has been acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria and will go on display for the first time this month as part of the exhibition 10 ways to look at the past.

The exhibition features 10 artists whose work looks at the passing of time.

The NGV has acquired an untitled installation by David Noonan, which features five large figures who appear as part of a mysterious procession marching through space. Like many of Noonan’s works, it raises questions about memory and role-play. Photos and illustrations from his personal archive (which he describes as a “library of possibilities”) have been screenprinted onto jute and linen, creating a sense of nostalgia through the combination of materials.

The Nicholson acquisition is also an installation.
Documents from a banner marching project is based largely on video documentation of a series of marches that the artist organised in 2004 and 2005. In these marches, people waved banners as if taking part in a ceremony or a political protest. The installation also includes some of the actual banners used.

The sound of your own breathing by Richard Lewer is the third acquisition. It is an animation that follows three characters as they each recount an unsettling event from their past: an accident, a death and a regretted action. This animation has been inspired by the artist’s own boxing training whereby the repetitive action of skipping became a time of self-reflection and meditation. The stories in The sound of your own breathing are told through animated drawings accompanied by voiceovers that are punctuated by the repetitive sound of a skipping rope.

The three acquisitions will be on view at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia as part of
10 ways to look at the past from 23 July 2011 to 5 February 2012.

Jane O'Sullivan

Above from top:
David Noonan, Untitled, 2009. Screenprint on jute and linen on plywood, steel, 364 x 601.5 x 1088cm. Installation view. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Courtesy: the artist
Richard Lewer, The sound of your own breathing, 2010. Video still, colour DVD, sound 7 min 40 sec. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Courtesy: the artist

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