Dr Paula Dawson and Dr John Gage have collaborated on the upcoming exhibition at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, LIGHT FROM SHADOW: THE LEGACY OF CHIAROSCURO IN SPATIAL IMAGING. The exhibition draws together holograms and historic art works which use darkness as an active agent of pictorial representation. Many of the works have not been shown in public before and some holographic works have been made specifically for the exhibition. The exhibition offers an insight into the legacy that inspirational artwork gives to each new generation.



(Still from DVD) Paula Dawson in the laboratory making Types of Darkness hologram - see the DVD "Investigations" for more information of the process.

Dr Paula Dawson's major art works are life size holographic images of interiors and people. Her largest installation, To Absent Friends, comprises a bar-room in which all the mirrors and reflective surfaces have been replaced by holograms which reflect the room depth of up to ten meters. Dawson is a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was awarded the Grand Prix, at the First International High Tec Art Biennale, Nagoya, Japan 1989. Her PhD thesis, The Concrete holographic Image: Its spatial and temporal properties and their application in a religious art work, which is available online at : http://www.library.unsw.edu.au/~thesis/adt-NUN/public/adt-NUN20020418.103955/ covers the technical and aesthetic issues of her art practice with laser transmission holograms of real objects over two decades. In recent years Dawson has been influenced by early Italian art and has employed figurative subjects for synthetically computer generated and real holograms, paintings, drawings and bronze castings. Her current interest is the holographic projection of figures in real time. Dawson lives in Sydney Australia where she is a senior lecture at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW), Australia's largest art and design institute. www.pauladawson.com.au



(Still from DVD)John Gage wih a Leonardo da Vinci drawing at the British Museum London - see the DVD "Investigations" for more information of the process.

Dr John Gage is a specialist in the history of colour and its analysis - how we see it, how it affects us and how it has been used in artworks throughout history. Educated at The Queen's College, Oxford and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Gage began his career teaching English in Italy and Germany. In 1979 he became a lecturer at Cambridge University Department of History of Art, where he was Head of Department from 1993 - 1996. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and The British Academy, and the recipient of several fellowships and prizes including the Mitchell Prize for Art History and the Sikkens Prize for work on colour. Gage's books include Colour in Turner: Poetry and Truth 1969, Colour and Culture: Practice and Meaning from Antiquity to Abstraction 1993 and Colour and Meaning: Art, Science and Symbolism,1999. At present he is engaged in a study of Australian Aboriginal approaches to colour in painting, a study which began with an exhibition, Restricting the Palette: Colour and Land, Canberra School of Art, Australian National University, 2000. He lives in Tuscany.