TarraWarra Biennial 2008
Lost & Found: An Archeology of the Present
Lost & Found: An Archeology of the Present is the second iteration of the TarraWarra Biennial, which was initiated in 2006 as a signature exhibition to identify new developments in contemporary Australian art. The exhibition articulates the increasing tendency for artists to connect with cultural history and to navigate through the abundance of images, references and objects already in existence.
Lost & Found brings together 21 Australian and New Zealand artists who reinvent traditional techniques evoking historical forms, mythologies and folklores. Their work has the appearance of being salvaged or reconstructed from the ruins of time as it purposely avoids the hype of the new. Different from appropriation art, this is an ongoing creative process of revisiting, reusing and recycling. The artists encourage us to see the world differently through illuminating what is subconscious, overlooked or forgotten. The exhibition presents work in a broad range of media including collage, sculpture, carving, drawing and video and included a number of site-specific commissions.
The Biennial artists include Brook Andrew, Hany Armanious, Eve Armstrong, Tony Clark, Mikala Dwyer, Diena Georgetti, Simryn Gill, James Lynch, Nick Mangan, Linda Marrinon, Anniebell Marrngamarrnga, Dane Mitchell, Callum Morton, TV Moore, David Noonan, Stuart Ringholt, Ricky Swallow, Francis Upritchard, Michelle Ussher, Ronnie van Hout and Rohan Wealleans.