language in contemporary art
20 May - 24 July 2005
Rudy Komon gallery, Upper Level

Ian Burn • Gordon Bennett • Kate Beynon • Janet Burchill • Adam Cullen • Rosalie Gascoigne • Simryn Gill • Matthew Jones • Peter Kennedy • Robert MacPherson • Mike Parr • Rose Nolan • Susan Norrie • Scott Redford • Imants Tillers • Peter Tyndall • Jenny Watson

Language is integral to how we experience the world. Since the early 20th century artists have included words, narratives and literary references in their art to expand or alter the communicative possibilities of images and objects. While language in art can be a cerebral experience, it can also be sensual, vernacular, personal or confronting as the varied art works in this exhibition demonstrate. Drawn largely from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, Unscripted considers how contemporary Australian artists continue to use language to communicate through their art.

Janet Burchill Chain of ponds 'following the blind leading the blind' 1997. Purchased with funds provided by the Contemporary Collection Benefactors' Program 1999. © Janet Burchill Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney