Archives – 2017

Less Than text - Art and reductionism

18 March to 21 May 2017

In today's world of 'reduce, reuse, recycle' and bestselling books on the Japanese art of decluttering, this exhibition delves into the artist's pursuit of nothingness, or at least the next best thing—less.

Less than: Art and reductionism was inspired by the contradiction between reductionism's pursuit of less and the essence of art-making and art-collecting. Art, by nature, is about creating a thing—an item, an object—in the world. While there are several art forms that resist the object, such as performance art and conceptual art, the very nature of art is about creating something new, not decreasing or reducing. Likewise, building a public art collection is about amassing an assortment of objects, which continues to grow presumably indefinitely. Art and reductionism are seemingly at odds with one another.

Despite this contradiction, reductionist techniques—repetition, limited or monochrome colour, symbolism, seriality and plain-spoken materials—have been used by artists working in geometric abstraction, colour field painting, conceptualism and minimalism during the last century, and are today more relevant than ever. Less than presents works from the QUT Art Collection by Australian and international artists who employ a reductive approach or aesthetic, dating from the 1960s to now.

ARTISTS

Peter ATKINS
Leonard BROWN
Ian BURN
Alexander CALDER
Christian CAPURRO
Eugene CARCHESIO
John COBURN
Sam CRANSTOUN
A.D.S. DONALDSON
Michael EATHER
Margery EDWARDS
Rosalie GASCOIGNE
Sol LEWITT
Robert MACPHERSON
Donna MARCUS
Daniel MCKEWEN
Allan MITELMAN
Mervyn MUHLING
Rosella NAMOK
John NIXON
Sean SCULLY
Alex SETON
Gemma SMITH
Arryn SNOWBALL
Pierre SOULAGES
Rodney SPOONER
Rover THOMAS
Turkey TOLSON TJUPURRULA
Trevor VICKERS
George WARD TJUNGURRAYI
Margaret WILSON
Judith WRIGHT

CURATOR

Katherine Dionysius

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