Opening 10th September 6pm
A: 418 Bay St. Port Melbourne, VIC 3207, Australia.
“Sometimes I encounter an exhibition that is so overwhelming, covers so much territory and breaks so much new ground that it’s difficult to write about it.”
Joe Bendik,Chelsea Cinton Press, 2008 regarding DARK LUMINANCE IN NEW YORK
The DARK LUMINANCE Project is the brain-child of curators John Derrick and James Hullick. Derrick and Hullick refer to the aesthetic for this project as DARK LUMINANCE – luminance emanating from darkness.
The first iteration of the DARK LUMINANCE Project took place in two Galleries in New York; GALLERY SAKIKO based in Chelsea NY; and the acclaimed PRATT INSTITUTE in Brooklyn. It was a runaway success – “totally mind blowing” as one critic remarked. The ‘other’ is celebrated in DARK LUMINANCE – the unknown – the mystery – the subconscious – the subterranean. DARK LUMINANCE has identified the dialogue between old and new technologies as a feature of the DARK LUMINANCE aesthetic and the curators have sought to draw this out through the use of real and virtual art works.
To date the DARK LUMINANCE Project has taken the form of real and virtual gallery based exhibitions and installations (virtual exhibitions have been shown in SecondLife). In 2009, for example, DARK LUMINANCE Project will take place in the exhibition format as DARK LUMINANCE @ MARS.
DARK LUMINANCE has been supported by: JOLT Arts Inc., MARS Gallery, Gallery Sakiko, The Pratt Institute, RMIT School of Creative Media and School of Art, Austrade, and the participating artists.