Your Move: Australian artists play chess
‘The game of chess is traditionally perceived as a subdued, cerebral and introspective activity’, exhibition curator Tansy Curtin said. ‘However, the creation of new artworks informed by the notion of the game of chess adds a new dimension to the game itself: chess acquires a new visual persona; beauty and drama alongside intrigue and threat become implicit aspects of the game’.
This playful and thought-provoking exhibition engages with multiple concepts – from climate change, environmental degradation and the impacts of colonisation, to explorations of Australian icons – and vividly illustrates that in the 21st century, chess has lost none of its inspirational power. For many artists the game of chess is an allegory for battles throughout history; such as in the work of 2006 Samstag Scholars Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, whose work combines beer bottles and coasters on a scorched picnic table as metaphor for the First World War. Battles of ecology and the effects of human-related pollution and climate change on the environment are examined by Caroline Rothwell, Kate Rhode and Ken Yonetani.
The artists included in Your Move are Benjamin Armstrong, Lionel Bawden, Sebastian Di Mauro, Michael Doolan, Emily Floyd, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, Robert Jacks, Danie Mellor, Kate Rohde, Caroline Rothwell, Sally Smart, and Ken Yonetani.
LocationAnne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
55 North Terrace