The Dark Garden
Sep 12, 2013 12:00 PM
Sep 29, 2013 05:00 PM
|Where||M16 Gallery 01|
|Contact Name||Emily Casey|
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Paul McDermott will show his work to a Canberra audience for the first time, in The Dark Garden.
Visitors enter a secret world, usually confined to McDermott’s under house studio in Sydney, and be engulfed by installation and soundscapes. The exhibition will transform M16 Artspace Gallery 01 and 02 into immersive spaces and showcase McDermott’s work across a range of media including painting, sound, and animation.
The Dark Garden is a nouveau-colonial vision of a post-apocalypic future: a bleak black Eden, ravaged by avarice, diseased, destroyed and, yet, thriving. In The Dark Garden mega-cute mega-fauna battle and consume other absurd hybridised lusus naturae. Microscopic creatures, now visible to the naked eye - viral and amoebic - float infiltrate, corrupt. A sole observer documents with faux-scientific and biological zeal the obsidian darkness, the deadly flora and the oil-based life-forms. It is within these fermenting oils The Dark Garden is born.
Well known comedian, actor, writer, director, singer and television host, Paul McDermott originally trained as an artist at the Canberra School of Art. Now, McDermott will return to where it all began to launch The Dark Garden, a highly anticipated first exhibition in the Capital.