Relics: Shan Turner-Carroll 2017 - ExhibitionAustralian Centre for Photography
In this exhibition, the first solo presentation of Turner-Carroll’s work in Sydney, the artist probes personal and archetypal psyches on a pilgrimage through inner worlds and geographic terrain.
Drawing from several key bodies of work and featuring newly developed installations, Relics loosely traces the evolution of Turner-Carroll’s artistic practice showcasing his proficiency as a craftsman and exemplifying the integral and multi-functional role of the camera. Turner-Carroll's use of large scale cinematic tableau, stylised self-portraits and low-key documentary images highlight photography's utility and propensity to insight performance and offer a record of ephemera.
At the core of Turner-Carroll’s practice is the conviction that art has a meaningful and active role within our contemporary, industrial, and globalised societies, and that art making is an intuitive practice embedded in the everyday through both spontaneous and considered physical gestures.
Exploring themes such as colonisation, immigration, globalisation, human interaction with the natural world and each other, there is a meditative quality apparent in Turner-Carroll’s artwork which invites meandering reverie and personal reflection amongst audiences. Through lived practice and ritualistic rites of passage which corrode historical boundaries and behavioural conventions erected between art and life, in this exhibition Shan Turner-Carroll’s numerous performative actions are distilled into relics to be discovered and decoded.
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Wahroonga, 9 November – 30 November 2017
Shan Turner-Carroll The Traveller 2015. Courtesy and © the artist
An exhibition curated by the Australian Centre for Photography in partnership with Abbotsleigh and the Grace Cossington Smith Gallery.