Ron McBurnie, Catherine Parker and Stephen Spurrier, ‘The ghosts sleep beneath our feet and dance above our heads’ (detail), ‘Cosmic Witness’ series, 2020-22, Ink, acrylic paint, paint pens, pencil, watercolour and gold leaf, 42 x 29cm.

POSTWORLD

POSTWORLD features Australian artists who create parallel universes. Audiences are invited into the playful, sublime, poetic and cautionary in this exhibition. Drawing on the detritus of human experience, these worlds have their own internal languages existing in alternate time and space.

About the exhibition

POSTWORLD features Australian artists who create parallel universes. Audiences are invited into the playful, sublime, poetic and cautionary in this exhibition. Drawing on the detritus of human experience, these worlds have their own internal languages existing in alternate time and space. 

Co-curators Kate O’Hara and Daniel Qualischefski said in a joint statement, ‘The exhibition came into consciousness when artist Ron McBurnie brought a small handmade red box into Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. Inside was a world created by three friends by postal collaboration over more than ten years. Through over 70 works on paper, the artists have been creating a language of hieroglyphics to express an astral travel saga resonant with humour, dread, panic and joy. The world is cumulative and inflected with the changing socio environmental context of the world around them over the last decade. They have been constantly shifting and adapting each other’s work to find or even make meaning.’

‘Prior to this’, they continued, ‘POSTWORLD, as a curatorial premise, existed in the subconscious as noise, confusion, and fear, alongside sparks of hope, images of the past, present and future – at times bleak, at times beautiful.’  

As the show was built, each artist’s work expanded on this thematic provocation, finding pathways to comfort, resistant to the overwhelming sense of panic. Stillness, awe and appreciation resonated, honouring the world beyond its utility to provide resources for consumption in the Anthropocene. 

New fictions (and possible futures) are rendered, providing alternate perspectives on the environment, gender and capitalist hegemony.


Artists

Alison Bennett (VIC), Neil Binnie (QLD), Keith Deverell (Blue Screen of Death) (TAS), Gail Mabo (QLD), Ron McBurnie (QLD), Jenny Mulcahy (QLD), Catherine Parker (QLD), David Rowe (QLD), Jason Sims (SA), Stephen Spurrier (QLD), Rhonda Stevens (QLD).


Tour Dates

23 February 202427 April 2024
10 May 20247 July 2024
23 August 202427 October 2024

Acknowledgements

POSTWORLD is a touring initiative co-curated by Kate O’Hara and Daniel Qualischefski, developed by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts (Umbrella), commissioned by NAFA and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD). This project has been assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Umbrella and M&G QLD are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Both organisations are also supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receive funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.


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Alison Bennett, vegetal / digital (Waratah), 2021, Still of photogrammetry pointcloud.

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