Melbourne artists Lyndell Brown and Charles Green invoke illusory worlds that disrupt the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction. Intertwining the mediums of painting, photography and digital reproduction, the artists layer and recreate images from different cultural periods and contexts. However, as the viewer deciphers the images one comes to the realisation that the more you recognise the less you know. The images in question appear to have no concrete connection to one another. The artists have discussed this use of seemingly arbitrary images as being archival and not about appropriation.
In March of 2007, Green and Brown traveled through the Middle East and Afghanistan as official war artists commissioned by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. This commission resulted in dynamic images where the artists have evaded traditional representation of war. The works are a series of contemplative images that juxtapose landscape, historical culture and emerging technology.
The artists’ work has been extensively exhibited throughout Australia and abroad. Solo exhibitions include Lyndell Brown and Charles Green, Gibsone Jessop Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2005); Elemental Landscape, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney (2006); The Painters’ Family, ARC One Gallery, Melbourne (2007); Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan, Ian Potter Art Museum, Melbourne University, Melbourne and touring (2008) and Reading Room: Lyndell Brown/Charles Green, 2001-2007, Queensland University of Technology Gallery, QUT University, Brisbane.
Group exhibitions of the artists’ work has been curated in include Southern Reflections: Ten Contemporary Australian Artists, touring exhibition to Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden; Göteborg, Sweden: Konsthallen and Arhus, Denmark; ARCO, Madrid, Spain (1994, 1995); Gifts for India, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India (1997); Boundlessly Various and Everything Simultaneously, Bose Pacia Modern, New York, USA (2000); A Studio in Paris, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney (2000); Indicium, Contemporary Australian Photomedia, Insa Art Centre, Seoul, Korea (2001); Tales of the Unexpected, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2002); See here now: Art Collection of the 1990s, The Ian Potter Museum of Art (2003); Collaged World: Lyndell Brown/Charles Green, Robert Rooney, David Wadelton, John Young, McClelland Regional Gallery, Langwarrin, VIC (2003); Photographica Australis, exhibition traveling to the National Gallery of Singapore, National Gallery, Bangkok and the National Museum of Modern Art, Taipei (2004); Tranquility, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and traveling to ARC One Gallery, Melbourne (September 2005); M.Y. Art Prospects, New York (October 2005); Other Dimensions: Contemporary Photomedia from Australis, China and Japan, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton (2006); A Distant Mirror, M.Y Arts Project, New York, USA (2006); Order and Disorder: Archives in Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2008) and The University of Queensland National Artists Self Portrait Prize 2009, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2009).
Lesson Plan: A Collaboration
7 July – 1 August
2 – 27 July
5 – 30 April