Curator Amelia Groom introduces Layers Thaw.
Thayer’s Law, also known as countershading, is a form of camouflage identified by American painter, taxidermist, birdwatcher and amateur photographer Abbott Handerson Thayer, around the turn of the twentieth century. It isn’t really a law. It’s a thing that nature sometimes does to help animals be less visible, by reversing lightness and darkness on their bodies. Outlines are dissolved, form is flattened, identification attempts evasion.
Versions of invisibility play out in the exhibition, which features glean, a new installation by Marian Tubbs, STRIKE, a video by Hito Steyerl, and Upon the Death of My Grandfather, a triptych by Leigh Ledare. There’s also a screening of film essays by Zachary Formwalt, a Skype performance from Linda Stupart, a series of texts by Eddie Hopely, screenings of Dream Factory (curated by Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson), and a talk from Amelia Groom about not being there.
(text from Minervasydney.com)
09 August – 13 September, 2014
Minerva, 4/111 Macleay Street Potts Point, Sydney