Art Gallery of NSW: The National – New Australian Art

Izabela Pluta

29 Mar - 21 Jul 2019

A major collaborative venture, The National 2019 is the second edition of a six-year initiative presented in 2017, 2019 and 2021, exploring the latest ideas and forms in contemporary Australian art.

Pluta’s Apparent distance is an ambitious new work presented in the Art Gallery of NSW component of The National 2019 which has been curated by Isobel Parker-Philip (AGNSW Curator of Photographs).

The carefully planned and executed wall installation spans a 30-meter section inside the Ground Floor galleries. It takes on a new direction in her practice by involving pictorial wall coverings and three-dimensional forms that derive from a specific approach to photographic materials.

This subject of Pluta’s significant new work explores the archaeologically disputed underwater rock formation that lies at the intersection of the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea, near the Western most island of Japan – a site she has been researching for some time. It depicts photographic elements of the formation – including  crevices and geomorphic holes taken by the artist while deep water diving the Yonaguni Monument. The material form of her work experiments with the nature of photographic making, pushing the point at which the image (in-situ and on the substrate) lifts, folds and falls away from the wall. The installation itself is underpinned by her feeling a sense of anticipation, exhilaration and unease through the experience of being enveloped by deep blue space. Apparent distance pictorially and spatially explores the variables around the brightness of an object – its luminosity and shifting distance from the observer – of uncertainty and precarity.

Hear from Curator Isobel Parker Phillip on Pluta’s work below:

Curator Isobel Parker Philip on Izabela Pluta

Commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW for The National 2019: new Australian art
Photo: AGNSW, Diana Panuccio

This project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, the NSW Government through Create NSW, and a UNSW Art & Design Faculty Research Grant