A major new commission by Australian-born, Paris-based contemporary artist Mel O’Callaghan that traces the origins of life and its regenerative forces, iterated through video, performance and sculpture.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery Presents:

MEL O’CALLAGHAN
CENTRE OF THE CENTRE

Centre of the Centre is a major new commission by Australian-born, Paris-based contemporary artist Mel O’Callaghan that traces the origins of life and its regenerative forces, iterated through video, performance and sculpture. Centre of the Centre plunges audiences 4km below the surface in the Pacific Ocean to encounter fascinating lifeforms in extreme environments, pushes the material boundaries of glass, and reveals how breath can create both calm and excitement through the depth and rapidity of inhalation and exhalation.

Mel O’Callaghan’s Centre of the Centre was curated and developed by Artspace and is touring nationally with Museums & Galleries of NSW. Centre of the Centre is co-commissioned by Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers; Artspace, Sydney; and The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane. With Commissioning Partners Andrew Cameron AM & Cathy Cameron and Peter Wilson & James Emmett; and Lead Supporter, Kronenberg Mais Wright. The development and presentation of Centre of the Centre is supported by the Fondation des Artistes; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the US National Science Foundation.

About the Artist:

Born in Sydney, Australia, Mel O’Callaghan has lived and worked in Sydney and Paris, France, since 2007, and is one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists. Having studied both Science Architecture and Visual Arts in Australia, her work reflects a strong interest in human behaviour and psychology. O’Callaghan’spractice has resonance with broad audiences, looking at universal ideas of resistance and freedom; exploring and transforming sensory experience through sculpture, performance and installation. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, most recently at the University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2020; Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France, 2019; and Artspace, Sydney, 2019; National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, 2017–18; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2017; and Casa-Museu Medeiros e Almeida, Lisbon, Portugal, 2015. Her solo exhibitionCentre of the Centreis touring Australia with Museums & Galleries of New South Wales from 2021–23.

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