all things are water //

7 DECEMBER 2019 - 26 JANUARY 2020

A group show curated by Meryl Ryan and Naomi Riddle that rethinks water as an environment, as a site of escape, as an emotional state, and as a necessity for survival.

ALL THINGS ARE WATER

7 DECEMBER 2019 - 26 JANUARY 2020

OPENING 5.30PM  SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2019  

‘Water is something you cannot hold’, writes the poet Anne Carson in Plainwater (1995). It is an element always on the cusp of transformation (moving between vapour, liquid and ice), but it is also an element with a slipperiness that makes it difficult to define. 

 All things are water, curated by Meryl Ryan and Naomi Riddle at The Lock-Up, takes water as its defining feature. Moving between video, installation, photography and painting, this exhibition rethinks water as an environment, as a site of escape, as an emotional state, as a metaphor for time, as a contaminant, and as a necessity for survival. But all things are water also acts as an elegy. That is, the works contained in this exhibition speak to the impending ecological crisis, and an Australian landscape increasingly defined by an absence of water rather than its surplus. 

 While the rush and charge of the element (in all its forms) will be present inside the gallery space, the exhibition’s backdrop is a region defined by an unprecedented years-long drought and a brutal bushfire season. Set against this, water as an element transforms into a precious rarity and a longed-for substance—it becomes the promise of sustenance, instead of its actuality. 

 Featuring artists Tom Blake, Dale Collier, Ellen Dahl, Michaela Gleave, Hannah Jenkins, Todd McMillan, Talia Smith, Angela Tiatia. 


IMAGE: Michaela Gleave Our Frozen Moment 2012, installation view: Carriageworks, Sydney. Photograph: Silversalt.