Sitelines: Natasha Johns-Messenger - Art Collector

Installation images: Sitelines: Natasha Johns-Messenger, Installation view 2016. Photo: Christian Capurro. Courtesy: the artist and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne

Natasha Johns-Messenger’s work is a complex process of imitation, illusion and trickery activated by architectural interventions and optical physics, extended also to photography, digital painting and sculpture. In this site-specific exhibition she explores the interaction of space, light and volume, dissolving the relationship between the viewer and the work of art into a renewed shared space. It comprises a number of architectural interventions, including a large walk-through ‘hall of mirrors’ as well as a series of site-photographs and a site-film. Using a complex system of optical physics—comprising devices such as periscopic mirrors, live-video projections, architectural mimicry, and site-determined photography—Johns Messenger sets up disorienting pictorial planes in real space. Participant-viewers do not always know what is real and what is virtual in their immediate space or view. As art critic Robert Nelson wrote, in such spaces we may ‘experience picture-spaces of an imponderable nature, unfathomable and eerie’.

Exhibition opens: 25 June 2016
Exhibition closes: 25 September 2016
Location: Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen VIC 3105
Contact: 03 9850 1500

About Heide Museum of Modern Art

Heide Museum of Modern Art began life in 1934 as the home of Melbourne couple John and Sunday Reed and has since evolved into an Australian cultural institution.

Heide offers an inspiring experience of art, architecture, gardens & social history.

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