brownwork #2, from the series brownwork
Rosemary Laing's work has achieved considerable national and international attention and has been included in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and overseas, notably, most recently in 'Face up: contemporary art from Australia', National Galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof and Museum fur Gegenwart Berlin 2003-04 and 'Tales of the unexpected: aspects of contemporary Australian art', National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002. Working since the mid 1980s, her photomedia based practice can be characterised by its seamless representation of naturalistic detail and hyperreal effect.
In brownwork Laing turns her attention to the structures that facilitate air travel. Photographing empty airfreight containers and cargo in transit from above, she examines the industrial and in-between spaces where flight occurs. The processes and machinery that make travel possible are often obscured by the mask of technological efficiency, but here Laing exposes them.
Through travel we transcend the boundaries of time and space; far flung destinations become adjacent neighbours and time folds back on itself. Revealing the labour and resources involved from unfamiliar vantage points, Laing dramatises the mechanics of this transitory state.
digital image, computer painted vinyl
250.0 x 250.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Anonymous gift 2004
Not on display
© Rosemary Laing
Shown in 1 exhibition
Rosemary Laing: transportation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Jul 2015–20 Sep 2015