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    East Antarctica 1915, 2015
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IAN NORTH - 'East Antarctica 1915 no. 11', 2015, charcoal on inkjet pigment print, unique edition, c. 55 x 148cm




Ian North, East Antarctica 1915

‘There are twelve images in this show, each about 55 x 150 cm. They are inkjet prints of East Antarctica, the remotest part. I took them in 2012, on a voyage commemorating the centenary of Douglas Mawson’s Australasian Antarctica Expedition (AAE). I used film, the negatives of which were digitally printed. I drew on the prints with the simplest and most basic of media, charcoal (unforgiving though, on the soft art paper I used). One work is left pristine, paused as it were.

You might be able to tell me what they are all about. Clearly they play fast and loose with scale, and hence meaning. Sure, the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and World War One overlapped, if not as literally as depicted here. Then of course there is melting, gravity, entropy and the operations of nature. Someone I showed these works to spoke of an over-riding sense of crisis. Maybe that is to say enough.’

– Ian North: extract from a letter to a friend, 17 February 2015






1945 Born, Aotearoa / New Zealand. Arrived in Australia 1971. Art museum director / curator to academic to independent artist / writer.
2015 East Antarctica 1915, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide
2013 Haven 2001, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Felicia, South Australia 1973 - 78, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2010 The Adelaide Suite, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Ian North Photographs 1974 - 2009, Art Gallery of South Australia
2009 Sail Away, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2006 Symptoms, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2005 Canberra Suite & Canberra Coda (1980-81), Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2004 Sail Away, Apartment, Melbourne
1998 Vault (with Helen Fuller), Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
1997 Correlations, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1992 Home & Away, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1990 Manifest Destiny, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1988 Pseudo Panoramas, Cazneaux series, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
1987 Seasons, Pseudo Panoramas, Australia, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1986 Seasons, Pseudo Panoramas, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide
2014 The Extreme Climate of Nicholas Folland, Art Gallery of South Australia
The Road. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne
Panorama. Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth
2013 Heartland, Art Gallery of South Australia
2012 CACSA @ 70: Member's Exhibitions 1 & 2, Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide
Daya / Kindness, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Photography & Place: approaches to Auatralian Landscape Photography 1970s until now, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2010 The New New. CACSA Contemporary 2010, SASA Gallery, Adelaide
Painting, Australian Experimental Art Foundation
2009 Dystopia: portraits of the urban landscape, Adelaide Central Gallery
2007 True Portraits, Adelaide Central Gallery
2006 Fleurieu Penninsula Biennale, Finalists' exhibition
The Ability to Lie, Horsham Regional Art Gallery
2005 Archibald Prize, Finalists' exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2004 Good Looking, National Gallery of Victoria
2002 Arid Arcadia, Art Gallery of South Australia
2001 Seeing Through Landscape, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
2000 Chemistry, Art Gallery of South Australia
1998 The Painted Coast, Art Gallery of South Australia
1997 Painted Realities: hand-coloured photographs from 1839 to the present, University of Wyoming & US tour
1996 Colonial/Postcolonial, Museum of Modern Art, Heide
1992 Location, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, and Asia tour
Southern Crossings / Empty Land, Camerawork Gallery, London and tour
1991 Fertile Ground, Artworks Gallery, Griffith University
1988 Stories of Australian Art, Commonwealth Institute, London
South Australia Rephotographed, Collage Gallery, Adelaide
2005 The World is All that is Not the Case, Department of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

The Intelligence of Blood. Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide

1996 The Olive Plantation. Art Gallery of South Australia

Adelaide Festival Centre; Artbank, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Flinders University of South Australia Art Museum; Griffith University, Brisbane; Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria; Parliament House, Canberra; Canberra Museum and Gallery; Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide; Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston; Riddoch Gallery, Mount Gambier