Regarding Retro is an exhibition with a present-day social history emphasis examining a barely acknowledged second-hand economy common to Australia's regions and marginalised suburban locales.
It celebrates creative makers who transform the passé, the retro, the kitsch and the re-usable into works of art and collections of distinction.
Through a selection of NSW and Queensland artists, Regarding Retro aims to uncover the links between economic survival and artistic invention, promoting artists who reanimate the discarded. It also explores the psychology of collecting by presenting a series of photographic portraits of opportunists - Bower Birds of providence and provenance - who have amassed quirky collections outside the mainstream antique market.
During a tour in three states, local engagement with ideas of reanimation and related social themes are invited through the exhibition's accessible public programs.
Tour Dates 2005
Blacktown Arts Centre: 24 February - 2 April
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery: 11 April - 9 May
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum: 22 September - 29 October
Museum of Brisbane: 9 December - 19 March 2006
Tour Dates 2006
Manly Art Gallery and Museum: 7 April - 14 May
Canberra School of Art: 19 July - 13 August
Muswellbrook Arts Centre: 18 August - 24 September
Gallery Hinchinbrook: 12 October - 28 October
KickArts, Cairns: 28 November - 11 February 2007
Tour Dates 2007
Bundaberg Arts Centre: 8 March - 16 April
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery: 27 April - 3 June