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California dreaming: Palm Springs artists bring their talents to HOTA

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The architectural oasis of Palm Springs has come to the Gold Coast with the debut of a free HOTA exhibition showcasing the creativity of 15 internationally recognised artists, photographers and thinkers from America and Australia.

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Lost in Palm Springs is a multidisciplinary exhibition that explores the magical qualities of that landscape and its celebrated mid-century modern architecture, and how that influence has resonated on local contemporary culture.

The show is not just about California, but also explores the strong connections between Palm Springs and Australia, particularly through the current renaissance of interest in modernist design.

Australian artists and photographers featuring in the exhibition include Kate Ballis, Tom Blachford, Paul Davies, Rosi Griffin, Anna Carey and Robyn Sweaney.

Their works explore the resurgence of mid-century modern architecture from Mt Eliza to Canberra, and Mermaid Beach to Sydney – place and home, desert atmosphere, landscapes (real and imagined), and Bauhaus sensibilities.

It’s curated by renowned Australian writer and conceptual artist Dr Greer Honeywill, evolving from her continuing research after three artist residencies in Palm Springs in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

She says she enjoyed bringing together works that reimagine the unique characteristics of the city and its surroundings.

“I call ‘Lost in Palm Springs’ (the exhibition and the book), the project of a lifetime because that is what it has been to me over the last six years,” Honeywill said.

“And I have been blessed to work with fifteen extraordinary and inspirational artists.”

HOTA Gallery and Visual Arts director Tracey Cooper-Lavery said they’re thrilled to debut such a significant exhibition before it embarks on a national tour of 11 galleries around Australia.

“This exhibition is not only visually stunning, but it also showcases the rich history and connections between Palm Springs and Australia, and the importance of mid-century modern architecture,” Cooper-Lavery said.

“We believe that this exhibition will capture the imagination of visitors and we encourage everyone to come and experience it.”

Lost in Palm Springs will feature in Gallery 4 of HOTA until April 23 before continuing its national tour.

 

 

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