Australian artist Callum Mortons first major exhibition for children, Ghost World opened at Brisbanes Gallery of Modern Art
Morton was commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery to develop the engaging, hands-on environment especially for its young audiences.
Queensland Art Gallery Director Tony Ellwood said Ghost World was the second single artist exhibition presented by the Childrens Art Centre and demonstrated the Queensland Art Gallerys innovative programming for children, which began more than a decade ago.
We are very pleased to present this project by Callum Morton, a leading Australian artist who was Australias representative at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007.
The Queensland Art Gallery recognises artists ideas as an authentic and appealing means through which children can learn about art. The significance of childrens experiences in the art museum is one of the key philosophies guiding the Childrens Art Centre, he said.
Ghost World has completely transformed the Park Level of GoMAs Children Art Centre into a richly coloured, busy streetscape, loaded with unexpected juxtapositions and playful opposites.
The project has been directly inspired by Mortons ongoing interest in architecture and art, and encourages children to explore the relationship between interiors and exteriors, he said.
The Gallerys Deputy Director Andrew Clark said Mortons work referred to past histories and approaches to the built environment, and imaginatively transformed these into new experiences.
Ghost World encourages children to rediscover familiar places and ideas about the built environment. This specially commissioned project continues the Gallerys long-term commitment to developing exhibitions, programs and initiatives for its young audiences.
Since 1999 these programs have included collaborations with more than 70 emerging, midcareer and senior contemporary Australian and international artists such as Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Cai Guo-Qiang (China/USA), Bharti Kher (India/UK), Yoshitomo Nara (Japan) and Michael Leunig (Australia), he said.
Ghost World is a project developed for children that will appeal to audiences of all ages. It will remain on display from June 26 to October 17, 2010, at the Park Level of the Childrens Art Centre.