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Oculus: Jonathan Kimberley


Norrie, H and Kimberley, J, Oculus: Jonathan Kimberley, Dick Bett Gallery, Hobart, pp. 1 (2011) [Catalogue]

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Looking through a window originally defined the Western picturesque conception of landscape as a perspectival view received by the eye. However our eyes are not merely glass windows, they are oculi which are open to all of the elements, not just what is seen. We see with our eyes and our imaginations, but also by our actions or experience in place and time, and the way we relate to each other is the fundamental basis of the concept of worlds. Oculus is a series of paintings emerging primarily from Rome and Valcamonica in northern Italy that expands the simple duality of 'seeing and being seen'; looking beyond the notion of oculus as an eye or aperture. Oculus draws directly on specific sources: ancient rock engravings of Valcamonica, a pair of mountains that overlook the region, the Pantheon in Rome, and more specifically the oculus of the Pantheon. Two particular rock engravings are directly referenced: the iconic Rosa Camuna, which has become the symbol of the region of Lombardy, and a second image that can be understood as one of the oldest known maps [Mappa del Mondon] in Europe.

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Item Type:Catalogue
Keywords:exhibition, Jonathan Kimberley; Dick Bett Gallery
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Visual cultures
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Norrie, H (Dr Helen Norrie)
ID Code:94791
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2014-09-17
Last Modified:2014-09-22

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