Sydney artist Gary Carsley's new project is an immersive installation comprised of large photographic monoprints made from scanned timber adhesive foils that together create an image of a park. In these complex works — which Carsley titles 'draguerreotypes' — nature has been dragged metaphorically back into abstract arboreal terrain, paradoxically suggesting how the processes of design and curation effect our understanding of what is 'natural'.
The Draguerreotypes or as Carsley likes to say, "karaoke’d photographs", have been included in survey shows of new media in museums in Europe and Australia such as Surfaces Paradise, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem (2005), contenance: fassung bewahren, Wrttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2005) and Perfect for every occasion: photography today, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2007). Carsley’s recent solo exhibitions include Looking at Works of Art in the Light of Other Works of Art, Artspace, Sydney (2006), Chemical Blonde, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam (2005) and EnTropical, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2003). He lives and works in Amsterdam and Sydney.
Level 2 AGNSW Contemporary Projects are supported by Andrew Cameron