Sweet spot - Ian Potter Museum of Art

Sweet spot

05 Mar 2009 — 22 May 2009

Tony Clark, Adrienne Gaha, Marie Hagerty, Peter Kennedy, Kevin Maritz, Elizabeth Pulie, Neil Roberts

Curator: Joanna Bosse

Sweet spotĀ presents the work of seven contemporary Australian artists who engage with decorative traditions and ideas about ornamentation. While they have different conceptual and material practices, the artists are united by a sensual engagement with media and form that privileges the notion of ā€˜aesthetic pleasureā€™. This concept does not simply imply beauty, but also the idea of sensuous perception.

This exhibition brings into focus contemporary aspects of the dynamic between a hedonistic revelling in ornamental excess (present in historical periods like the Rococo) and the ordered restraint of modernism.