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PhD exhibitions at Spectrum Project Space

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Two Solo Exhibitions

Where Things Commence
Triggering ideas through the archive
Gale Thackeray


Retro Stasia
epidemic of nostalgia frenzy of progress
Laura Mitchell

These solo exhibitions represent works by current School of Arts and Humanities PhD candidates Gale Thackeray and Laura Mitchell.

Where things commence, is a new exhibition by contemporary painter and current PhD candidate, Gale Thackeray. The archive is defined by Derrida as a place where things commence. Within her painting practice, the archive has emerged as not only a valid mode of artistic production but an unexpected methodology in the sense that the very acts of gathering and archiving can have a dynamic and direct influence in the creation of an artwork. The construction and development of the archive function as the trigger of ideas and therefore the place where things commence.

This methodology delivers a possible critical pathway in understanding the oeuvre of the painters known as the New Leipzig School who emerged out of the former German Democratic Republic after the fall of the Berlin Wall and who are the focus of Gale’s doctoral research. 

Retro Stasia presents an interim view into Mitchell’s practice-led PhD research in the field of expanded painting as a contemporary method to critique and comprehend post-internet consumerism; its impact on place, space and collective memory. For this exhibition Mitchell develops a series of paintings focusing on the notion of mashup as method - a creation using material from two or more disparate sources. The term mashup is also used to describe Mitchell’s current praxis, which is located within the white cube of the gallery, the street, and between digital and tactile media.

Event details
These exhibitions will take place from Tuesday 1 October, to Sunday, 6 October at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Gale Thackeray: https://www.facebook.com/events/425996781348523/
Laura Mitchell: https://www.facebook.com/events/898444677204091/

Opened by Dr Paul Uhlmann
Date: Friday, 4 October 2019
Marketing and Communications Service Centre
Edith Cowan University
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artists in Conversation
Facilitated by Dr Lyndall Adams
Date: Sunday, 6 October 2019
Time: 11.00am
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours
Tuesday to Friday
10.00am - 5.00pm; Saturday 12.00pm - 5.00pm, Sunday, 11.00am – 1.00pm


10.00am Wednesday, October 02 – 1.00pm Sunday, October 06, 2019


ECU Mount Lawley Campus
2 Bradford St
Mount Lawley, Western Australia


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