nicola loder

children's images curated into a group exhbition

victorian college of the arts gallery

many artists have railed against the forms of massive public address and tended instead
towards smaller-scale, almost one-to-one encounters with their audiences. rather than
addressing large groups in terms of ‘class’ or as the ‘public’, or as ‘audience’, these new
forms of social engagement in art investigate individual relationships between artists and
audience members. and in some cases, the work of art provides the basis for a new,
temporary community in the interaction between artist and audience. the exhibition includes
work by artists, often working in public and in collaboration, especially in artist groups,
to re-invigorate the artist-audience relationship as a model for more vital social relationships.
this new aesthetic is not so much ‘relational’ as it is based on concern for others, a crucial
factor in the formation of community and the proper (perhaps ideal) function of society.

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