Salad days (2005)
jelutong (Dyera costulata), maple (Acer sp.)
102.0 x 102.0 x 23.8 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2005
© Ricky Swallow, courtesy Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney
10 ways to look at the past features works by ten contemporary Australian artists that demonstrate a fascination with the passing of time. Drawn from the NGV’s permanent collection of contemporary art, the exhibition traces a range of artists’ approaches to the past whether nostalgic, introspective, playful or critical. Including several new acquisitions, works in the exhibition range from large scale installations, sculptures and video art, to photographs, prints and watercolours.
Encompassing a range of artistic practices and attitudes, this exhibition explores some of the ways in which the themes of history, memory and the passing of time have been transformed in contemporary art. The artists in the exhibition are Brook Andrew, Emily Floyd, Martyn Jolly, Narelle Jubelin, Peter Kennedy, Richard Lewer, Tracey Moffatt, Tom Nicholson, David Noonan and Ricky Swallow.