Michael Kempson: Play Time
Thurs, 20 Oct, 6-8pm
- When 20 Oct - 12 Nov 2016
61 Flinders St Surry Hills
Wed to Sat, 11am-6pm
02 9380 5663
UNSW Art & Design lecturer Michael Kempson is presenting new work in Play Time at Flinders Street Gallery in Surry Hills.
The recent suite of prints featured in Play Time extend ideas Kempson explored after he undertook a residency at Sydney’s majestic Taronga Zoo, where the soft toy animals sold in their gift shop inspired motifs that became satirical metaphors for the power plays of international relations. These newer arrangements, using the official animals of different nation states, coalesce ideas referencing the global challenges confronting the old wordl order, now being displaced by shifts in the world economy from west to east.
The deliberately traditional etchings in the exhibition ponder the challenges facing Australia and how we are finally starting to come to terms with the reality of our position in the world as a part of Asia.
Kempson's work also alludes to the emerging regional complexities of relationships in the Asia/Pacific region, along with the pervasive power and influence of the region's dominant economies, the challenges faced with over population and the potential for future tensions resulting from our ongoing, blinkered dependence on finite natural resources.