Current Exhibition

Susan Lincoln —
The incredible lightness of being

Oct 11 – Nov 1, 2018

About the Artist      

Susan Lincoln is an established contemporary visual artist with a rich connection to regional and rural Australia, and the women in Lincoln’s family who have shared experiences of these landscapes. It is the nostalgia, unique environment, and familial connection to these places of importance that has left a signature mark on the majority of Lincoln’s works over the last decade. Lincoln’s oeuvre exhibits the lived experience of the bonds of motherhood and family; from the memories of her mother’s crystal bracelet which would reflect light, to the heartbeat performance video enacted by Lincoln and her daughter, the works always have a root hooked in the ideologies of the feminine and plays with the idea of secular spirituality. It is these themes which inform the works in this latest exhibit. 

The incredible lightness of being is largely experimental and playful with materiality, yet deals with immaterial ideas. It is this duplicitous relationship of conceptual art and the strong connection to material that makes Lincoln’s work remarkable. These works are heavily informed by the experiences of living in remote Australia, the people who were present, and the reminiscent nostalgia that remains when the artist has left an important and impressionable landscape. Lincoln’s light works reflect and imitate the life-giving sunshine so prevalent in Australian narrative. The transient dappling within a small reflective space from reflected materials invites a meditative experience. 

To be in the presence of Lincoln’s work is to understand the artist’s desire to promote an experiential or immersive experience, one which is rooted in philosophy, memory and reflection; much akin to works by contemporary French Conceptual artist Christian Boltanski. Where Boltanski used similar materials and conceptual frameworks to form a recreation of the past, Lincoln’s work ventures to ascend toward a greater understanding and ultimate reflection of the past, to clarify ideas and transform heavy philosophies into objects and experiences of beauty for the future. The incredible lightness of being invites contemplation and connectivity to a selection of works on paper, video, small and large-scale sculpture,  and invites intimacy and viewer participation with the work.

The incredible lightness of being held at Side Gallery is an explorative landing strip for a larger body of work which will tour Australia in 2019–2020. 


About the Artist

Susan Lincoln

Susan Lincoln graduated from Griffith University QLD College of Art in 1996 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Interior Design) and a Master of Visual Arts Research Degree in 2010. Her research exegesis examined “Maintaining socio-cultural narrative through Form and Light.”

In 2011 Susan was awarded an established artist grant from the Australia Council for the development of a clip together portable meditation space, which when entered, immerses the participant within spectral light. In 2014, YOU ARE HERE (aka The Rainbow Room) was selected as a Finalist in the acclaimed McClelland Sculpture & Survey Award in Langwarrin, Victoria.

In 2018, Susan received an Arts Ignite Grant, made possible through Arts Queensland and its Queensland Arts Showcase Program. The grant supports the development of new works for the exhibition YOU ARE HERE 2. A national regional touring program is currently under development to tour the show with Museums & Galleries Queensland. Susan is also the 2018 Artist Touring Mentorship Program (VACS Funding) with Museums and Galleries QLD.

Her publicly commissioned major artworks include Min Min Lights at the Brisbane International Airport Terminal and FOREST in the Capalaba Town Centre. Gadens Corporate Art Collection, actor Nicole Kidman and the QLD Theatre Company, among others, have purchased Lincoln’s beautiful and ethereal sculptures. Susan has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and has completed numerous private commissions throughout Australia.

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About the Curator

Laura Brinin

Laura Brinin is a Brisbane-based curator of contemporary art. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) in 2012 and continued her visual art practice overseas in 2013 in Canada with a Visual Art residency. Upon returning home, Laura has since pursued a determined curatorial practice as noted through five years’ professional practice with the Creative Industries Precinct exhibitions and public programs office, and a practice-led curatorial development internship through Queensland University of Technology. In 2014 Laura assisted in the facilitation of multiple new media exhibitions including ANtIMATION and The New Aesthetic? at The Block. 

Laura has exhibited her own work both in Australia and overseas as well as working as an independent freelance curator across Brisbane. This primarily focussed on engagement and activation of public spaces, including running bi-monthly exhibitions at The Menagerie, and public programs such as the Papergirl Brisbane project. Laura also worked with Brisbane City Council, QUT and Brisbane Street Art Festival to produce ReForm at Kelvin Grove’s ex-military base upon Gona Parade and Parer Place.