Image: Michael Schlitz, light memory, dark ground, 2017. Photo: Lou Conboy

17-Mar-2017 - 16-Apr-2017

Michael Schlitz: light memory, dark ground

light memory, dark ground is an evocation. An amalgam of dreams and natural systems, empirical knowledge sets and emergent lore, the work poses a visual metalanguage where nature is found to be magical.

The installation will comprise wood carving and ultra-violet light with a large, organic structure that references natural systems such as clouds, coral, mycelium and trees. An unnatural glow renders bifurcated twigs, sticks, and branches, networked into a reimagined organic form, as luminescent root systems or a lone night cloud. This dislocation of our known world is offered back as a way of considering how trees may remember and dream as they grow, change and evolve.

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Presented as part of Ten Days on the Island.


Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.
Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.
Michael Schlitz, Light memory, dark ground, Contemporary Art Tasmania, 2017. Photo Lou Conboy.

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