Capital Life

By Sally Pryor
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:44pm, first published May 10 2014 - 3:00am

Exploring space

Three new shows just opened at M16 explore how we relate to "space and spaces". In the immersive show The Poetic Lens, four Canberra artists - Caroline Huf, Ellis Hutch, Blaide Lallemand and Genevieve Swifte - explore "the extremes of sensory experience. Their experimental art practices are fuelled by experiences such as imagined travel to the frozen wastes of Antarctica, being immersed in the blur of city lights on a New York winter evening, or a day watching the sunlight make silent progress across a room, like the slow-moving hands of a clock". New Release is a detailed look at contemporary digital media, with a ''festival'' showcasing works from 10 emerging Canberra artists using a diverse range of subjects - just like a film festival, and examining themes such as the human condition and the interpretation of myths. And in the third show, the Artists' Society of Canberra Abstract & Experimental Group present "a range of approaches to the idea of space - the space around and within us, space as a concept of what lies between objects, and as a distant and fascinating place worthy of dreams and exploration". All three shows are at M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, until May 25.

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