Stanislaus Ostoja-Kotkowski, Pavo 1965, plastic collage and synthetic polymer paint on plywood, 121.8 x 121.7 cm.
Born in Poland, Joseph Stanislaw Ostoja-Kotkowski (1922-1994) migrated to Australia in 1949 and became integral to the development of experimental art in this country. Pioneering electronic art, he harnessed innovations in computer and laser technology, including kinetics and sound, which he applied to visual art, music and theatre, while also responding in a unique way to the Australian environment. Bringing together Polish paper-cuttings, optical collages, photographs, archival material and electronic devices from public and private collections, this exhibition will survey Ostoja-Kotkowski’s extraordinarily diverse and future-oriented practice.
Pia Van Gelder’s interactive Psychic Synth II and Apparition Apparatus continue Ostoja-Kotkowski’s innovative experimentation with contemporary technology, using feedback loops and electroencephalography headsets.