Simon MacEwan: The Floating World - Art Collector

Simon MacEwan, The Floating World, 2015, drawing machine. Courtesy: the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne

  This exhibition draws on the histories of dematerialisation of both money and art. Based on the principles of 19th century geometric lathes, MacEwan’s drawing machine traces patterns across the paper that resemble ornaments still found on banknotes. The drawing machine transforms the stream of stock ticker numbers into slow arabesques. As the exchange rate shifts, so does the pattern, and so the language of the stability of money becomes a device to describe its contingency and instability. The Floating World makes art of commerce, cryptically graphing the impact of events and ideas in the flow of numbers of international exchange markets.

Opening: 6-8pm Thursday 3 September 2015
Exhibition closes: 3 October 2015
Location: Anna Pappas Gallery, 2-4 Carlton Street, Prahran VIC 3181
Contact: 03 8598 9915
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