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Supercharged… the car in contemporary culture

An exhibition organised by the Institute of Modern Art.
Since its development in the early years of the last century, the car has played a pivotal role in Australian cultural life, becoming a symbol of status and identity.

Where travel and communications have been restricted by the tyranny of distance, the car has provided freedom. Supercharged…the car in contemporary art brings together the work of twelve artists referencing the car's iconic status in Australian life from many different points of view. Driving a vehicle that crosses social boundaries, the Supercharged artists explore aesthetics, design, memory, sex, death and the impact of the car on the environment.

With subject matter that has mass appeal, Supercharged will present high quality contemporary artworks that are often geographically and culturally inaccessible to many people. Designed for exhibiting during car related events, Supercharged takes a popular theme that will encourage and engage audience participation from all sectors of the community.

An Institute of Modern Art Travelling Exhibition funded by Visions of Australia and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

Tour Dates 2007

Latrobe Regional Gallery: 4 November - 10 December
Mildura Arts Centre: 9 March - 19 April
24HR Art, Darwin: 22 June - 28 July
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery: 5 October - 18 November
Pinnacles Art Gallery, Thuringowa : 23 November - 13 January 2008

Tour Dates 2008

Logan Art Gallery : 12 February - 15 March
Redcliffe City Art Gallery: 24 March - 26 April
Institute of Modern Art: 16 May - 27 July

 

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