The Cross Art Projects, 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross, Sydney, 2011, Australia
Skirting the Issue comprises grand images of parkscapes in Europe and Sydney. Carsley’s perfected nature takes on narrative qualities to portray significant cultural and historical strategies. Images are oddly inverted. A picturesque view of Botany Bay National Park sits beside an image of a stand of gum trees planted in London’s Kew Gardens by Sir Joseph Banks from seeds collected in 1770.
Examines the extraordinary and outrageous life of the late Australian-born, London-based performance artist. Working closely with Nicola Bateman Bowery, the widow and executor of the estate of Leigh Bowery, the exhibition examines Bowery’s extraordinary contribution to performance, fashion design and visual culture, including his documentation of Bowery’s landmark Anthony d’Offay Gallery performance. Also includes Lucian Freud’s major painting Leigh Under the Skylight. The first time the work, which extends almost three metres high and shows a full standing frontal pose, is seen in Australia.
Source: Solo Survey Exhibition Linkage Project, Tasmanian School of Art, UTAS AGNSW Library catalogue; http://www.mca.com.au/(06/05/04); Exhibition catalogue (9/11/04)
Exhibition Catalogue: Take a Bowery: the art and (larger than) life of Leigh Bowery. Sydney: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2003 ISBN 1875632905