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Intersections: Marley Dawson



Included with general admission / Free for members

Installation photo of Marley Dawson's ghosts in the Phillips Goh Annex stairwell

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Introduction to Marley Dawson: ghosts

Marley Dawson in conversation with Vesela Sretenović

Marley Dawson (b. 1982, Wellington, NSW; lives and works in Australia) uses physics, chemistry, and engineering to construct experimental sculptures and installations that highlight the uncanny or surreal aspects of our everyday life. He often turns gallery space into a hall of wonder populated with sculptural works that look like familiar utilitarian objects—such as furniture, motor vehicles parts, baseball bats, or miniature rockets—but are instead imaginary art constructs. Dawson received a Bachelor and Master of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts, Australia. His work has been exhibited in Australia at Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Hobart; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; Artspace, Sydney; and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and in Washington, DC, at the Embassy of Australia and Hillyer Art Space.


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Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises. Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum’s galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.

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