Venice unveiled: Simryn Gill at the Australian pavilion - Art Collector

Simryn Gill, Half Moon Shine and Eyes and Storms exhibition view at the Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2013. Courtesy: the artist, Jenni Carter and the Australia Council, Sydney

29 May 2013 | Today the Australia Council unveiled Simryn Gill’s site specific project Here art grows on trees, Australia’s official representation at the 55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia.

Curated by Catherine de Zegher, Here art grows on trees continues Gill’s investigations into time and habitation. Sections of the pavilion’s roof have been removed to expose both levels of the exhibition space to the elements. The upper floor of the pavilion showcases the series of 12 large screens of collaged drawings Let Go, Let Go, and the lower level houses the series of nine photographs Eyes and Storms and the steel sculpture Half Moon Shine.

The exhibition runs for six months allowing for an extended process of disintegration and reintegration as the art is transformed by sun, rain, and wind and by birds and insects. According to de Zegher as the natural forces make an imprint on the installation the paper elements will slowly return to the vegetal in an organic cycle from foliage to folio to foliage.

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Here art grows on trees is a poignant finale to the current Australian pavilion, as it is intended to be the final Venice Biennale exhibition in the space. It is anticipated that the new Australian pavilion will be launched by the Australia Council at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

Simryn Gill, Here art grows on trees, exhibition view at the Australian Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2013. Courtesy: the artist, Jenni Carter and the Australia Council, Sydney


Hannah McKissock-Davis


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