GREG CREEK Dog Whistlers and Thirty Four Drawings for Love, Death and Politics

26 June to 26 July 2014


Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to present Dog Whistlers and Thirty Four Drawings For Love, Death and Politics, two new projects by GREG CREEK that continue his interest in representing personal and local narratives within a contemporary political context.

Dog Whistlers takes its title from ‘dog whistle politics’ – political messaging that employs coded language meaning one thing to the general population but with an additional specific resonance for a targeted subgroup. The project comes out of Creek’s research into the relationships between art and political cartooning, and comprises graphic effigies of the members of the Australian House of Representatives. These effigies (embellished photographic transfers taken from the political parties’ own websites) are presented as speech bubbles for the audience to complete, quite literally allowing us to put thoughts into the mouths of our elected officials.

Thirty Four Drawings For Love, Death and Politics is a series of conceptual drawings for which Creek uses a range of different graphic styles and mediums: representational and abstract rendered drawings, watercolours, diagrams, notations from everyday life and collage among so many others. The works often incorporate aspects of the working process such as spills and stains and, much as Creek constructs the works themselves, this plethora of information begins to form an idiosyncratic, philosophical narrative.


Greg Creek recently completed a PhD at RMIT University where he is a senior lecturer in art and studio coordinator of Expanded Studio Practice. Since 1991, Creek has presented numerous group and individual exhibitions in Australia and internationally including Reading the Space, Contemporary Australian Drawing 3, New York Studio School (2013), Drawing Out, Contemporary Australian Drawing 2, University of Arts, London (2012), Freehand: recent Australian drawing, Heide Museum of Modern Art (2010–11), The Enlightenments, Edinburgh Festival (2009), and The Allegorical Imperative: Greg Creek’s Slow Homecoming, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2003 ). Creek has been the recipient of numerous residencies and commissions and was awarded the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 1996. In 2015 he will be exhibiting in ‘Ping Pong’ an international collaborative Project in Bogata, Colombia.

GREG CREEK Amendments

22 October to 14 November 2009 at Sarah Scout

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