The exhibition gets its title from the fact that the artists have embedded in their artwork their subjective meaning and intent, implicit in each piece and in the materials they have used, and the viewer is left to discover and discuss the subtext that forms their own interpretation.
The artists use a variety of mediums to represent a diverse range of topical issues including human-animal relationships, economics of land use, contemporary culture, ecological interconnectivity, environmental stress and regeneration, marginal spaces, anthropomorphic totems, critique, repetition and recognition.
Director of the La Trobe Art Institute, Associate Professor Neil Fettling said the students have prepared thought-provoking and evolving artworks.
‘These are experimental installations. The artists openly admit to using the space to trial their ongoing investigations. Consequently the exhibition is worth revisiting often as subtle and not-so-subtle changes may occur over the lifetime of subText.’
The exhibition will run from 5 February to 5 March in the Phyllis Palmer Gallery, Visual Arts Building, La Trobe University, Flora Hill.
Members of the community are invited to see the exhibition during these dates and to attend a celebration night on Thursday 27 February. The evening will commence at 5 pm and will include a special presentation by renowned Australian artist and Adjunct Professor of La Trobe Institute of Art, Dr John Wolseley.
The Phyllis Palmer Gallery is open from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. Enquiries may be directed to 5444 7217.
Zerin Knight, Regional Media Liaison, T 03 5444 7375, M 0428 463 161