SUSAN FEREDAY All Seeing

Exhibition dates
7 February – 9 March 2013

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Sarah Scout is delighted to present All Seeing – an exhibition of new work by Susan Fereday. All Seeing explores photography as both means and metaphor for seeing, knowing and being. Two large photographs (of a suited man with his head bowed, and the eye of a peacock feather) are presented alongside a pair of white cloths hung loosely in front of Sarah Scout’s windows. One cloth has a scatter-arrangement of doillies sewn onto it, the other a (mirror-flipped) arrangement of net pockets containing tin lids. The gently swaying cloths both soften the gallery’s already subdued lighting and produce unexpected shadows. They draw attention to the world outside, recalling the gallery’s former life as a domestic space and its current distinction as a gallery against the tradition of the idealised white cube. The subject of Fereday’s installation appears to be Light: as the language of photography, the basis for its logic, the source of all seeing, and an all-seeing screen for the unseen (un)conscious act of seeing itself.

Susan Fereday is an Australian artist currently living in Germany. Since 1988, she has held 23 solo exhibitions across Australia, including at: Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne; Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; Artspace, Sydney; Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney; Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. Her work has been included in significant survey exhibitions including: Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 1996 and The Aberrant Object: Women Dada and Surrealism, Museum of Modern Art at Heide, 1994. Her work is held in private and public collections across Australia. In 1995, she won a Samstag scholarship and spent six months at the Cité International des Arts, Paris. Fereday has been an active arts curator, writer and administrator, notably as director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography 1992–95 and Inaugural director of RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. She completed her PhD in Fine Art at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University in 2009.

Susan Fereday at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP)
8 February – 24 March 2013

To coincide with All Seeing at Sarah Scout Susan Fereday is also exhibiting Infinite Image at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Fitzroy, opening on Thursday 7 February at 6-8pm. The artist will present a free floortalk at the CCP on Saturday 9 February at 12noon. For further information visit www.ccp.org.au

SUSAN FEREDAY After Life

3 to 26 February 2011

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Text by Tegan Lewis