Last week and throughout the weekend we (and members of our community) were honoured to be able to spend the time with our contributing artists from New York, Audra, Sal and Graham. Bringing with them a project that involved participation from the audience on specific approaches towards sustained viewing of an art object, they carried out activities at both the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane as well as RAYGUN Project space in Toowoomba. The process required the audience members to meet the artists via a formal session of dialogue whereby historical ideas concerning focused engagement with works of art were delivered. With reference to Australian artist Margaret Preston, the audience members were guided through a ‘zen’ approach of varying structural methods of visualising the flowers. Each individual was asked to focus on botanical fragment through processes of feel, touch, imagining and sight.
Tomorrow Sal and Audra will do an extended project with RAYGUN by delivering a talk in Melbourne at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.