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Murray Fredericks,  Array 8 , 2018, digital pigment print on cotton rag, 120 x 170 cm

Murray Fredericks, Array 8, 2018, digital pigment print on cotton rag, 120 x 170 cm

MURRAY FREDERICKS has a large feature in the latest edition of Artist Profile magazine. Fredericks touches on his formal influences, his process, and his ongoing relationship with Lake Eyre. 

"The geometry goes back to the Bechers, and Donald Judd in minimalism. One of the criticisms of that minimalism is that it's detached and cold. I look at this as minimalist work but overlaying it with emotion and re-overlaying with a political message...What I am looking at is anything in the landscape that is used to quantify the viewer's experience. Out there it is about setting up where perspective and scale are denied. That is where I am trying to find abstraction," says Fredericks.

Issue 47 of Artist Profile is in stores now and the profile will be online in the weeks to come.


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Murray Fredericks, ‘Array 11’, 2018, Digital pigment print on cotton rag, ed/7, 120 x 165 cm

Murray Fredericks, ‘Array 11’, 2018, Digital pigment print on cotton rag, ed/7, 120 x 165 cm

MURRAY FREDERICKS is interviewed in this month’s edition of Inside Out Magazine.

“Being isolated for extended periods of time, where your whole world becomes the day and night sky, takes you away from the trivial stresses of daily existence - it's an absolute joy," says Fredericks.

The leading image of the article is his photograph Array 11, which will be on view in our upcoming exhibition of Fredericks works opening 25 June 2019.

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ARC ONE in Sydney is delighted to present, WITNESS, the latest ‘cycle’ in award-winning Australian artist Murray Fredericks’ 16-year SALT Project. These visually-arresting abstract landscapes continue from the artist’s emotional engagement with Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), South Australia.

Murray Fredericks,  Mirror 17 ,   2017, digital pigment print on cotton, edition of 7, 120 x 155 cm.

Murray Fredericks, Mirror 17, 2017, digital pigment print on cotton, edition of 7, 120 x 155 cm.

WITNESS will be exhibited at ARC ONE in Sydney, 36 – 40 Queen St, Woollahra, from 4 - 13 April, 11am – 6pm. An opening reception will be held on 4 April, 6pm – 8pm.

“Standing in the silken water, surrounded only by a boundless horizon, I sense a release, a surrendering as the self dissolves into the light and space.”
- Murray Fredericks

WITNESS continues Murray Fredericks’ deep relationship with Lake Eyre and his intrepid pursuit to understand the overwhelming emptiness and powerful emotional resonance of remote land and sky. Camping alone for weeks at a time, Fredericks’ spiritual and mental experience of this environment is encapsulated in his immersive abstract landscapes that bear WITNESS to the transcendent capacity of light, colour, and space.

Murray Fredericks, Array #11 (Venus Jupiter),    2018, digital pigment print on cotton, edition of 7, 120 x 165 cm.

Murray Fredericks, Array #11 (Venus Jupiter),  2018, digital pigment print on cotton, edition of 7, 120 x 165 cm.

Comprised of two significant bodies of work, Vanity (2017) and Array (2018), WITNESS sees the artist intersect endless space through the ethereal reflective quality of mirrors. Rather than employing the mirror as a symbol of self-reflection, Fredericks redirects our gaze away from ourselves and into the immense environment. His translations of the landscape verge on otherworldly; reflections hover together as geometric forms, apertures or portals, offering a dual experience of looking both into another realm and out, as the lake’s glass-like surface mirrors an infinite space above. These works plunge the viewer into a mesmerising spatial gestalt as Fredericks dissolves the contours of the landscape into a limitless optical deception. Place is defined by boundless empty space.

By removing his/ our reflection from the picture entirely, we are not the projected centre of the world. Fredericks subtly questions the narcissistic qualities of the human condition in the age of the Anthropocene, wherein human activity has become the overriding force on climate and the natural world. He casts our self/image adrift, so that we might be consumed by the sensory phenomena of light, colour and space on a visceral level, engaging another stratum of consciousness that echoes the artist’s own experience of living in solitude on the lake. 

These works offer a release from the ever-present vanity, anxiety, and doomed search for perfection inherent in human nature as we confront the pure potentiality of the natural world itself. In this exhibition, Fredericks’ meditations on the immeasurable and unknown void that encompasses us offer a space in which to escape ourselves and WITNESS a moment of transcendence.

Murray Fredericks,  Array 12 ,   2019, digital pigment print on cotton, edition of 7, 120 x 160 cm.

Murray Fredericks, Array 12, 2019, digital pigment print on cotton, edition of 7, 120 x 160 cm.

Both Vanity and Array are cycles of a much larger SALT Project which, to date, comprises 23 trips to Lake Eyre since 2003. SALT has unintentionally become a truly epic project in time and scale as Fredericks is drawn again and again to the desolate, empty and infinite salt pan that is Lake Eyre.

Murray Fredericks is an internationally acclaimed and multi-award-winning photographer and filmmaker. Fredericks has exhibited widely, including Fotográfica Bogotá, Museum of Photography, Bogota, Colombia, 2017; Inside the Dome (DYE2) (with Tom Schutzinger), Geelong Gallery, 2015-16; SALT, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, 2016; a major Australian landscape survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, 2012; and two solo shows at the Australian Centre for Photography, 2010 and 2015 respectively. His work has been acquired by prestigious public and private collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Victoria; Australian Parliament House; Australian National Portrait Gallery; Artbank; The Sir Elton John Collection; Macquarie Bank; Commonwealth Bank; The Myer Collection; The Valentino Collection; and a number of regional galleries across Australia. Fredericks has been the recipient of numerous awards and is a regular finalist in Australia’s top photography prizes. In 2015, he received the People’s Choice Award for the Bowness Photography Prize, was runner up in the Head-On Festival Landscape Prize and a finalist in the JUWS Photography Award. His first documentary film, Salt, for which he was cinematographer and co-director, won twelve major international awards, played over 50 festivals and was screened on the ABC and PBS in the USA.

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Murray Fredericks,  Mirror 16 , 2017, digital pigment print on cotton rag, edition of 7,120 x 155 cm.

Murray Fredericks, Mirror 16, 2017, digital pigment print on cotton rag, edition of 7,120 x 155 cm.

MURRAY FREDERICKS is on the judging panel for Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2019. . Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers recognises, encourages, and promotes talented photographers in the early stages of their careers. Winners and runners up will be showcased in the May/June issue of Capture Magazine. 

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Murray Fredericks,  Mirror 25 , 2017, digital pigment print on cotton rag, 120 x 155.

Murray Fredericks, Mirror 25, 2017, digital pigment print on cotton rag, 120 x 155.

The stunning works of MURRAY FREDERICKS have inspired Prince Nikolaos of Greece.

"I really identify with Murray's works. He's a fantastic photographer and spends weeks at a time on trips taking pictures in open light," says Prince Nikolaos. "What drew me to his work is his love of vast wide-open spaces – you get to see that in the images he takes of the sea, desert and architecture," he says.

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Ross Bilton of The Weekend Australian Magazine discusses Murray Fredericks' intrepid visits to Lake Eyre and his resulting body of work Vanity

Read the article here

 

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MURRAY FREDERICKS' Salt 101 (2009) features as the cover image for Haruki Murakami's memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, published by Penguin Random House. 

The book is available here

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Murray Fredericks,  Salt 272 , 2011, pigment print on cotton rag, 120 x 150cm. 

Murray Fredericks, Salt 272, 2011, pigment print on cotton rag, 120 x 150cm. 

MURRAY FREDERICKS is exhibiting in the group exhibition, From the Darkness..., at Horsham Regional Art Gallery. The exhibition presents seven iconic works from the gallery's Photography Collection which investigate light, performance, and architectural space. 

The exhibition continues until 16 April 2017. 

Here's a short article from Art Guide Australia regarding the exhibition. 

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Murray Fredericks,  Muybridge , 2015, Digital Pigment Print, 140 x 187 cm

Murray Fredericks, Muybridge, 2015, Digital Pigment Print, 140 x 187 cm

MURRAY FREDERICKS will be showing his SALT series at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery in Townsville QLD. The exhibition opens on 28 October and it will run until 27 November. The Artists will be giving a talk at the gallery on Saturday 29 October at 10:30am.

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"Fredericks and Schutzinger have done a wonderful job of creating an affecting and atmospheric piece that quite literally resonates with history's voices."

The March/April 2016 issue of ArtGuide features Dylan Rainforth's review of MURRAY FREDERICKS and Tom Schutzinger's Inside the Dome (DYE2) exhibition. 

Read the entire review here

 

 

Murray Fredericks and Tom Schutzinger,  installation view.  Photograph by Reg Ryan. 

Murray Fredericks and Tom Schutzinger, installation view. Photograph by Reg Ryan. 

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Installation view of  Inside the Dome (DYE 2)  by Murray Fredericks and Tom Schutzinger, at Geelong Art Gallery.   Photo: Andrew Curtis.

Installation view of Inside the Dome (DYE 2) by Murray Fredericks and Tom Schutzinger, at Geelong Art Gallery. Photo: Andrew Curtis.

Robert Nelson has reviewed MURRAY FREDERICKS and Tom Schutzinger's exhibition Inside the Dome (DYE 2) in The Age. To read the full review, click here.

The show continues 7 February 2016 at Geelong Art Gallery.  

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MURRAY FREDERICKS' current exhibition, Inside the Dome (DYE 2), has been reviewed by Penny Webb from The Age.

To read the review, click here.

Murray Fredericks & Tom Schutzinger,  DYE 2 , 2014, video still. 

Murray Fredericks & Tom Schutzinger, DYE 2, 2014, video still. 

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Congratulations to MURRAY FREDERICKS, who has won the 2015 Crumpler People's Choice Award for the Bowness Photography Prize with the work N. Stradbroke Island (2014). 

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Murray Fredericks,  N. Stradbroke Island , 2014, digital pigment print, 100 x 284 cm. 

Murray Fredericks, N. Stradbroke Island, 2014, digital pigment print, 100 x 284 cm. 

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MURRAY FREDERICKS will be exhibiting a new video and sound installation, created along with Tom Schutzinger, presented by the Geelong Gallery. The installation, called Inside the dome (DYE 2), will be exhibited inside the domed architecture of the Geelong Library & Heritage Centre from 21 November 2015 to 7 February 2016.

Inside the dome (DYE 2), was filmed and recorded within the geodesic dome of an abandoned early warning missile detection facility in Greenland, and creates an immersive audio-visual experience for visitors.

For more information, please click here.

Murray Fredericks & Tom Schutzinger,  DYE 2 , 2014, video still. 

Murray Fredericks & Tom Schutzinger, DYE 2, 2014, video still. 

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Murray Fredericks,  Muybridge , 2015, digital pigment print, 140 x 187 cm.

Murray Fredericks, Muybridge, 2015, digital pigment print, 140 x 187 cm.

'Fredericks achieves a poetic meditation on personal and universal origins'.
Dylan Rainforth reviews MURRAY FREDERICKS' current exhibition in The Age.

To read more, click here.

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Murray Fredericks & Tom Schutzinger,  DYE 2 , 2014, video still.  

Murray Fredericks & Tom Schutzinger, DYE 2, 2014, video still.  

The Australian Centre for Photography will be exhibiting DYE2, a video installation by MURRAY FREDERICKS and Tom Schutzinger. This video and sound piece was made in an abandoned Cold War radar station in Greenland. The piece, like Greenland itself, is at once icily cold and seductively beautiful, leading the viewer towards the sublime.

The exhibition runs from 29 August – 18 October 2015.  

MURRAY FREDERICKS / JUSTINE KHAMARA / JANET LAURENCE / DANI MARTI / ROBERT OWEN / JULIE RRAP / TRACY SARROFF / IMANTS TILLERS / GUAN WEI / JOHN YOUNG.

ARC ONE Gallery will be exhibiting at this year's Sydney Contemporary, at Carriageworks. You can find us at STAND B03 from 10 - 13 September 2015.

ARC ONE Gallery will be showcasing the works of artists including MURRAY FREDERICKS, JUSTINE KHAMARA, JANET LAURENCE, DANI MARTI, ROBERT OWEN, JULIE RRAP, TRACY SARROFF, IMANTS TILLERS, GUAN WEI and JOHN YOUNG.

For more information please contact ARC ONE Gallery on +613 9650 0589 or email mail@arc1gallery.com.au  

And, for more information regarding Sydney Contemporary, visit their website.

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Murray Fredericks,  N Stradbroke Island , 2014, Digital pigment print, 100 x 284cm

Murray Fredericks, N Stradbroke Island, 2014, Digital pigment print, 100 x 284cm

Congratulations to MURRAY FREDERICKS who has been selected as a Finalist in the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize. 

An exhibition of Finalists' artworks for the Prize will be opened to the public from 25 September 2015 at Monash Gallery of Art. The winners will be announced on 1 October 2015.

More information here.