Contemporary artists Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley have been working together for more than three decades. Since partnering in Sydney in the mid-’80s, the pair has developed a unique visual language, one founded in collaboration, and the influences of feminism, conceptual art, and the histories of art, film and design.
Their durable partnership is being celebrated in Temptation to Co-Exist, on display now at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and neon installations, the show blurs the boundaries between art and design, nature and artifice, while demonstrating a political consciousness still unnervingly relevant.
These key themes of Burchill and McCamley’s work will be thoroughly investigated in an upcoming round table discussion held at Heide on Sunday June 30. Moderated by Curator Sue Cramer, the discussion will take place around the Burchill and McCamley sculpture Barbara Hepworth Two Colour Table 2006, which the artists have described as a ‘social sculpture’, a place for conversation and shared experience.
Panel members Dr Justin Clemens, Associate Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne; Dr Sophie Knezic, writer, academic and visual artist; and artist George Egerton-Warburton will join artists to broach topics including their approach to art-making, modernism and social critique, and the cinematic traces in their work.
Round Table Discussion is included in museum admission.
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