The Dark Woods
The Dark Woods



The Dark Woods

Date: 14-Feb-2004 – 14-Mar-2004


The Dark Woods was an exhibition surveying current production by young Australian artists whose work culminates in publication through alternative comics. This genre articulates the concerns of youth and explores issues such as identity, being young, and trying to find a place in the world.

The Dark Woods was a CAST Touring and Carnegie Gallery Mentorship Initiative and was curated by emerging curators Sarah Howell and Leigh Rigozzi, it included six young Australian artists whose work is published in zines (alternative comics) and related productions. Many of the narratives in alternative comic art can be seen to reflect the European fairy tale archetype, in which the protagonists journey through The Dark Woods: Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel. Many of the images the curators have been considering refer to a character traveling and observing: at times lost and directionless, trapped in menial jobs and struggling under economic disadvantage, or engaged in a quest. The individual’s journey is often presented in an urban context – reflecting the trials of modern youth.
This project received support through the Visions Australia; CAST Touring Exhibition Development Fund; Hobart City Council through the Carnegie Gallery exhibition program and Arts Tasmania.

Contemporary Art Tasmania is Tasmania’s professional level, public presentation platform dedicated to contemporary and experimental art. Its provenance is traceable from the foundation of Chameleon contemporary art space in 1982, through 20 years operating as Contemporary Art Services Tasmania (CAST) and, from 2013, as Contemporary Art Tasmania.

The organisation is a member of the Contemporary Art Organisations (Australia) national network (CAOs), NETS Australia (National Exhibitions Touring Support) and is assisted by the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Arts Tasmania and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

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