Image: Derek Kreckler, Wet Dream (red), 1978. colour video, digitised from 35mm transparencies, looped. Courtesy of the artist.

20-Jan-2017 - 26-Feb-2017

Derek Kreckler: Accident & Process


A PICA touring exhibition | Curated by Hannah Mathews


‘Whether relishing the risk of experimentation and chance, or purposefully challenging our perceptions of country, identity and self, Kreckler’s works flirt with an uncertainty that can prickle the
neck. At the same time they open our eyes to the magic of how images are made, the murkiness of nationhood and its perpetuation, and the wonder of how powerful the landscape can be.’

- Curator Hannah Mathews


Derek Kreckler: Accident & Process is a major survey exhibition bringing together, for the first time, fifty years of the artist’s oeuvre. It encompasses photography, video, installation and performance documentation that dates from the 1970s to the present day. Kreckler is a leading Australian artist known for his experimental conceptual and post-minimalist practice.


The exhibition considers Kreckler’s unstinting interest in the relationship between culture and the environment, and demonstrates his sensitivity to issues concerning Indigenous/settler relations, the formation of national identity, and their wider consequences.

Whether relishing experimentation and chance, or purposefully challenging our perceptions of country and history, Kreckler creates works that fiirt with uncertainty. His images also have much to share about art history, social relations, popular culture and the environment. They are commanding yet spacious and sufficiently suggestive to allow us to generate worlds around them.


OPENS: Thursday 19 January 2017 


OPENING: 6.00pm 

LOCATION: Contemporary Art Tasmania

Accident & Process 2 can be viewed at The Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hunter St, Hobart.


An artist monograph published by Perimeter Editions and supported by the University of Wollongong will accompany the exhibition. Fully illustrated, this publication will include newly commissioned texts by writers Helen Ennis, Frazer Ward, Ian McLean, Kyla McFarlane, Quentin Sprague, Sarah Miller and Richard Grayson. 



Derek Kreckler: Accident & Process has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts’ Visions of Australia program. 


This exhibition is presented by Contemporary Art Tasmania and Mona Foma 2017


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