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Lisa Milroy - Making Sense

30 May 2007 – 15 Jul 2007

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Birmingham, United Kingdom

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his exhibition of new work by Anglo-Canadian
artist Lisa Milroy is based on the theme of a
garden. It conjures up views of a dreamlike world whilst encouraging our apprehension of the artistic means involved.

The ?rst gallery introduces us to a contrived landscape through a map and chalk pastels depicting rolling lawns, an ornamental lake, island and bridge, and trees full of pink blossom. In the middle gallery are ?ve huge paintings of the garden seen from different viewpoints. Each painting is ?lled with a poetic combination of objects alluding to the ?ve senses. That representing 'touch', for example, features a raft of furry zoo animals anchored into the middle of the lake. In Sight, optical paraphernalia such as spectacles, a microscope and binoculars ?oat on canvas pontoons. In the last gallery, Milroy plays with an illusory transition, as visitors move from the ?ction of the paintings to an actual lounge room. They are invited to sit on sofas and peruse books on gardens around the world, inspect a wall of the artist's working drawings or simply daydream. The orange juice here is real and freely available for the taking.

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