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Beyond Visibility -- Light and Dust

Is an exhibition that has been planned to coincide with the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first use of the telescope to explore the heavens.
Deep Field by Felicity Spear
Felicity Spear Deep Field

It was developed to celebrate and reflect the diverse ways in which ideas about Space and the Universe, both around us and within us, are understood through different cultures and perspectives. It also explores the subtle links between art and science, nature and culture, in a visually resonant and stimulating way. This project brings together the memorial poles or 'larrakitj' (below) that specifically reference the night skies, by one of the leading Australian Indigenous artists Gulumbu Yunupingu, the mural-sized digital astronomical map titled Deep Field, (above) by visual artist Felicity Spear, and a series of photographs of dust, gas and stars in the Milky Way by David Malin, the well known astronomical photographer.


Larrakitj Pole by Gulumbu Yunupingu (detail)
Image courtesy the artist, Buku Larrnggay
Mulka (NT) and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
larrakitj detail
Each in their own way has an interest in the mystery and spirit of the night sky and the ways in which it is captured, mapped and represented. The artist seeks inspiration, connection and interpretation, while the scientist-photographer searches for beauty and understanding among the stars. Each is confronted by phenomena that exist at distances and in dimensions beyond the range of all our senses except vision.

It is intended that the exhibition will travel within Australia in 2009 and beyond. At present it is programmed from 8 May to 28 June 2009 at Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne, a public gallery recognized for its nationally significant collection of Australian photography. The Gallery has a broad demographic and an active education program. It will appear at the University of Technology Gallery in Ultimo (Sydney) from 8 September to 9 October 2009. It is hoped it will generate broad interest within other faculties at the university.

Star clouds of Sagittarius, Supernova light echo and Corona Australis reflection nebula by David Malin

David Malin 2008 November 27
malin's starfields