Exhibition talks: David Stephenson
Short talks by the artist and other experts
Discover the themes and artworks in David Stephenson: human landscapes in this series of talks.
Image: David Stephenson The ice no.5 1991-92 (detail), Art Gallery of New South Wales © David Stephenson
Join the artist David Stephenson as he walks us through the exhibition and discusses the scope of his practice showcased here, from his early panoramas to the formative works he made in the Antarctic in the 1990s.
In a career spanning four decades, David Stephenson’s photography and video has been widely exhibited, including solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and Cleveland Museum of Art (USA). His work is in many collections, including those of the Art Galley of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and both the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has published two monographs with Princeton Architectural Press: Visions of heaven (2005) and Heavenly vaults (2009).
Wednesday 10 May 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
Sydney-based author Rebecca Giggs writes about ecology and the environment, animals, landscape and memory. Her talk will situate David Stephenson’s work within traditions of Australian art-making and activism, revealing how Stephenson, as landscape photographer, traces the complex networks of natural and industrial systems.
Rebecca Giggs (Macquarie University) holds a PhD in ficto-criticism (a hybrid of theoretical, critical and creative writing), and ecological philosophy. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Science Writing, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, GriffithREVIEW, The Monthly, Meanjin and Overland. Rebecca’s short fiction has been widely published and anthologised in collections including Best Australian Stories and The Best of the Lifted Brow. She occasionally writes criticism for The Weekend Australian newspaper and Cordite: Poetry Review.
Wednesday 24 May 2017 5:30pm – 6pm
Isobel Parker Philip
Isobel Parker Philip, the Gallery’s acting curator of photographs and curator of David Stephenson: human landscapes, introduces the exhibition and addresses Stephenson’s unique ability to convey poetic sentiment through formal means and use photography to communicate the transcendental force of the landscape.
Wednesday 14 June 2017 5:30pm – 6pm