Circumbinary orbits: Transmission Line
Circumbinary orbits: Transmission Line


Matt Coyle


Joel Crosswell


10 – 25 October 2020
Opening event 9 October 2020 (strictly bookings only):

Location: Contemporary Art Tasmania

A suite of three solo exhibitions curated by three artists presented in ‘rapid fire’ succession across three consecutive Fridays.

Presenting artist Matt Coyle and curating artist Joel Crosswell have developed Transmission Line, the final exhibition in the Circumbinary orbits suite. Matt Coyle is fascinated by the darkness that sets in after unfortunate events occur. He uses fragments of objects to create chilling scenes reminiscent of frames from schlock horror films. The fragments are a form of artificial life that carry obscure and strange innuendo. Coyle entwines and layers these fragments to compose his decaying and claustrophobic underworlds.

The Circumbinary orbits suite is curated by Kylie Johnson and deals with sentience, trust, mortality, decay and mythology. The project is developed through the Artist-to-Artist model, first undertaken at CAT in 2016. Johnson employs curatorship as a means of enabling and shaping the social relationships through which art is generated. Informed by the unique relationships artists have with other artists, this project sets out to consider how the personal and professional proximities between artists intersect and influence exhibition outcomes. Each artist pairing has been derived from deliberation of the value that one artist may bring to the other while trusting in ‘gut instinct’ that constructive and supportive relationships will emerge. With a non-hierarchical approach and emphasis on peer-to-peer collaboration, Circumbinary orbits converges artist methodologies, techniques and approaches to artwork presentation.

Matt Coyle resides in Tasmania and is known for his meticulous graphic pen and ink drawings and enigmatic mixed media works. Coyle is represented in Tasmania by Bett Gallery.

Joel Crosswell lives in Tasmania. He uses biographical stories and events in his drawings and sculptures to connect with themes relating to spirituality, existence and the human condition. Crosswell is represented by Bett Gallery, Hobart.

Circumbinary orbits has been supported by DarkLab.



Image credit: Matt Coyle, Head VIII, ink, pencil gouache on paper, 2020. Photo courtesy of the artist

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