Todd McMillan: Farewell - Art Collector

Tod McMillan, Study for A Sign 2016 (detail) cyanotype on Belgian linen. Courtesy: the artist and Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney.

Todd McMillan’s exhibition, Farewell, explores the existential implications of the endgame that humanity faces as we enter the Anthropocene. In late 2015, McMillan travelled to Iceland to photograph the Aurora Borealis. Whilst we now know this beguiling phenomenon is generated by electrically charged solar particles colliding with the earth’s atmosphere, various cultures throughout history have built fascinating myths to account for the ethereal light-show of the Aurora. Early Europeans believed the phenomena was a harbinger of doom. Norse mythology held that the dancing lights were the refracted glow from the shields of the Valkyrie (female spirits who decided who would gain admittance to Valhalla by dying in battle, literally “choosers of the fallen”). In Farewell, McMillan harnesses the mythic possibilities of the Aurora Borealis as emergency beacons for the imminent collapse of the world.

Exhibition opens: 6-8pm 13 October 2016
Exhibition closes: 12 November 2016
Location: Sarah Cottier Gallery, 23 Roylston Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Contact: 02 9356 3305

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