Perceptions of time

25 May 2019 – 23 Mar 2020
GOMA | Gallery 3.1 | Free

'Perceptions of Time' was unable to remain open to its original advertised end date 28 June 2020 due to the Gallery closure in response to COVID-19.

‘Perceptions of Time’ brings together a selection of works from the Gallery’s Collection that explore how the idea of time can be altered by personal experiences and histories. The subjective and analytical meet throughout the exhibition in photographs, paintings and interactive and time-based works as artists address the complexity of time.

Some artists incorporate the concept as an intangible, malleable and personal element in their work. In Yuan Goang-Ming’s Disappearing Landscape – Passing II 2011, for example, the passing of time is punctuated by significant personal moments, entwining life, death, memory and emotion. In Yuki Kihara’s Siva in Motion 2012 and ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ series 2013, the past, present and future are fluid within broader cultural and historical narratives.

Others artists, such as Spencer Finch, consider time as a more precise system of measurement. His watercolours Atlantic Ocean (morning effect) 7-14-02 2002 and Mediterranean Sea (afternoon effect) 4-2-02 2002 record the colours of the sea at a specific location, time and date.

Working between these two ideas, Daniel Crooks and George Poonkhin Khut both focus the viewer on small slices of time. Crooks’s Train No. 1 2005 highlights and then actively displaces a split-second moment in the linear timeline, while Khut’s interactive Distillery: Waveforming 2012 encourages viewers to consider the moment physically, by acknowledging and releasing each breath they take in.

Yuan Goang-Ming, Disappearing Landscape - Passing II 2011

Installation view of Yuan Goang-Ming's Disappearing Landscape - Passing II 2011 / Three-channel HD video installation: 16:9, 9:14 minutes, colour, stereo / Purchased 2012 / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Yuan Goang-Ming.

Installation view of George Poonkhin Khut’s Distillery: Waveforming 2012

Installation view of George Poonkhin Khut’s Distillery: Waveforming 2012 / Custom software and custom heart rate monitor on iPad and Mac Mini Signal analysis software: Angelo Fraietta and Tuan M Vu; visual effects software: Jason McDermott, Greg Turner; electronics and design: Frank Maguire; including Distillery: Waveforming (Portraits of Bec; Lian; Rob; January 2012) 2012 / HD video: 24 minutes, 9:16, colour, stereo Camera: Julia Pendrill Charles; styling: Troy Brennan / The National New Media Art Award 2012. Purchased 2012 with funds from the Queensland Government / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © George Poonkhin Khut.