Al­lu­sion & Il­lu­sion: the fan­tas­ti­cal world of Va­lerie Sparks

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Monash Gallery of Art Mel­bourne Un­til 18 No­vem­ber, 2018

Va­lerie Sparks ques­tions the dig­i­tal lim­its of pho­tog­ra­phy, merg­ing art and de­sign as she in­cor­po­rates pho­to­me­dia into large-scale im­mer­sive en­vi­ron­ments, en­tic­ing the viewer with ide­alised, un­ob­tain­able land­scapes de­pict­ing flora, fauna and taxi­der­mied an­i­mals. This ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether key works that chart the his­tory of Sparks’ prac­tice; from her ‘Le Vol’ and ‘Pros­pero’s Is­land’ se­ries to her rein­ter­pre­ta­tions of 18th cen­tury French scenic wall­pa­pers, fres­coes and con­tem­po­rary three-di­men­sional light­based in­stal­la­tions. Each work deals with con­cerns over the de­struc­tion of land­scape, post-colo­nial­ism and glob­al­i­sa­tion.

Pros­pero’s Is­land – North East,2016 from the se­ries Pros­pero’s Is­land, pig­ment ink-jet print, 140 x 220cmMonash Gallery of Art, City of Monash Col­lec­tion ac­quired 2017 Cour­tesy the artist and Monash Gallery of Art, Mel­bourne

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