Robyn Backen: Backspace - Art Collector

25 July 2011 | As interdisciplinary artist Robyn Backen prepares for exhibitions on three continents over the next two years, art publisher Boccalatte is about to release a small book surveying two decades of her work.

The A5-sized hardback publication, titled
Backspace, is part monograph, part artist’s book and it also features two essays by art historian Susan Best. It is extensively illustrated, with over 100 colour images and 20 drawings.

Backen’s work makes connections between art, science and philosophy. Over time this has included small and large installations exploring topics such as randomness and pattern, body and language, boarders and connections, distance and proximity.

She has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over three decades and her work is held in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Museum of Australia.

Backen, who is currently in Sweden on a residency, will exhibit in Korea this year. In 2012 she will be installing a work in India to coincide with the 2012 celebration of the Australia-India Year of Friendship and also undertake a series of lectures and residencies in the United States.

The book, which was supported by The Australia Council and published by Boccalatte, will be released in October 2011 (A5 hard cover, 128 pages).

Jane O'Sullivan

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