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David Keeling: Inside Out


Bywaters, MC, David Keeling: Inside Out, Academy Gallery, Academy Gallery, 300, pp. 35 (2015) [Curated Exhibition]

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Research Background Inside Out focused on the major conceptual themes of Australian artist David Keeling. The key subject matter included landscape, architecture and humankind’s territorial positioning within the environment. The exhibition included several of Keeling’s early landscapes that explore the nature/culture dichotomy, the politics of the contemporary environmental debate and its connection to history contrasted with and alongside several more recent works that deal with particular locations and the exploration of interior/exterior spaces. By including several older works alongside a series of his most recent paintings we were able to review and contrast Keeling’s creative output and relevance across three decades of artistic practice. Research Contribution David Keeling’s artworks are a powerful communicative voice in the development versus conservation debate, especially within the Tasmanian context. The Inside Out exhibition enabled us to critically analyse the gradual refinement of his thinking, the maturity of his philosophical narrative and the creative methodologies utilized by Keeling to argue his environmental positioning. For Keeling the location of built architecture within the natural environment is a prosaic drama that implicates human kind in the destruction, entanglement and subjection of the landscape. Research Significance The significance of this research highlights and articulates a contemporary political understanding and location of place and the built environment within Tasmanian and Australian society. Keeling in the exhibition Inside Out was not only questioning our ownership of the land, but significantly, our custodianship of the natural environment. The research offered a summary of Keeling’s environmental concerns, influences and the development of his personal oeuvre as specific to these conceptual themes.

Item Details

Item Type:Curated Exhibition
Keywords:Landscape Paintings
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Bywaters, MC (Dr Malcom Bywaters)
ID Code:98966
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2015-03-10
Last Modified:2018-07-12
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