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Eliza Hutchison PLAID 23 July - 15 August 2015

Installation photographs by Taryn Ellis

Eliza Hutchison explores the morally transient idea of sentimentality in a fluid and expansive archive of ‘pinkness’. The images are drawn from the artist’s own archive in combination with re-photographed media images of obscure as well as archetypal representations of ‘pinkness’ in mass culture. Hutchison connects themes of the body, kitsch, war, landscape and combinations there of. The work examines the physiological and psychological experience of ‘pinkness’ in all its hues, luminosity and brightness, as well as its corporal resonances and how this in turn might inform and drive the content.
In the first series of the project; PLAID, Hutchison presents a photographic installation exploring the idea of trauma in the archival image through colour and abstraction.
The artist has rephotographed the bloodied carpet and fabric from the forensic archive of the Tate house crime scene multiple times to achieve a pixellated ‘plaid’ patterning. This series traces the aesthetics of trauma along the indexical axis of photography.

Born 1965, Johannesberg, South Africa
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia

1994 Honors Fine Art, Sculpture & Installation, Sydney College of the Arts
1991-92 B.F.A. Sculpture & Photography, RMIT, Melbourne
1986-88 B.A. Film & Theatre Studies, UNSW, Sydney
2017 Balancing the Bandwagon, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2016 Family Photos B, Bus Projects, Melbourne
2015 Family Photos, Murray White Room, Melbourne
Plaid, CAVES, Melbourne
2013 Hair in the Gate, a biograph, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2012 Hair in the Gate, a biograph, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
2010 Kewpie and the Corn Idol, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2007 The Ghillie, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2005 The Ancestors, RMIT Project Space, Melbourne
2004 The Ancestors, TCB, Melbourne
2002 The Entertainers, First Floor, Melbourne
2000 My brain stood on the burning deck, 200 Gertrude Street, Melbourne
Voila!, First Floor Artists and Writers Space, Melbourne
Bohemian Powder Puff, Contemporary Centre for Photography, Melbourne
1996 Interview with Shade, First Floor Gallery, Melbourne
1995 The Still Life and the Cleaner, the Story of Porphyria Blank, 200 Gertrude Street,
2019 The National 2019, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2016 Spring 1883 The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2015 Cutting edge: 21st-century photography Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Spring 1883 The Establishment Hotel, Sydney
2014 Spring 1883 The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
2013 Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Murray White Room, Sydney Contemporary 13
Murray White Room, Art Basel Hong Kong 2013
We used to talk about love, Balnaves contemporary: photomedia, Art Gallery of New
South Wales, Sydney
2012 Confounding: Contemporary Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Self-Conscious: Contemporary Portraiture, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
2011 Under the Willow, Flinders Street Gallery, Sydney
2010 PREVIEW 10, Murray White Room, Melbourne
GROUP 03, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2008 GROUP 01, Murray White Room, Melbourne
2007 Monash University Collection, a selection of recent acquisitions, Monash University
Museum of Art, Melbourne
2006 Light Sensitive, Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgon Fund,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2005 Pitch your Tent, video program, curator Lisa Vasiliou, Monash University Museum of Art,
The Australian Photographic Portrait Prize, AGNSW, Sydney
2004-06 Indonesian Art Summit, Jakarta
Supernatural Artificial, touring photo-based exhibition, curator Natalie King:
The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan
The Art Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
12th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh, India
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam
Nanyang Academy of Fine Art, Singapore
2002 New Art, Kaliman Gallery, Sydney
Group Show, First Floor, Melbourne
Happiness 2, curator Charlotte Day, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth
Attention Span, video show, curator Lisa Andrew, Sydney
2001 New Releases, curator Emil Goh, Gallery 4a, Sydney
Happiness, Australian and New Zealand Photographic Work, curators Zara Stanhope and
Charlotte Day, Adam Gallery, Wellington
Contagion, Australian Media Art @ the Centenary of Federation, New Zealand Film
Archive, Wellington
1999 Funk De Siècle, curator Murray White, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
Exhumed 2, curator David Noonan, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
The Nearest Habitat System, curator Eliza Hutchison, First Floor, Melbourne
1998 Exhumed, Project Space, curator David Noonan, RMIT, Melbourne
“L’atmosphère”, with Alexander Knox, First Floor, Melbourne
Postal Presents, Stripp Gallery, curator Larissa Horjth, Melbourne
1997 Wannabe, 200 Gertrude St, curator Charlotte Day, Melbourne
Difficult Territory: A Post Feminist Show, Artspace, curator Kristen Elsby, Sydney
1996 The Modern Star Series, video installation, curators Eliza Hutchison and David Noonan,
The Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
M.M.M, Lindsay Gallery, curator Jan Nelson Robert, Melbourne
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne
Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection, Victoria