System of Objects

System of Objects

Exhibition Dates: 6—16 September 2017
Opening Hours: Monday—Saturday, 9am—5pm
Artist Talks: 9 September, 3—5pm
Opening/Finnissage Event: 14 September, 6—9pm
Rayner Hoff Studio

Curated by NAS Art History & Theory Lecturer Dr Jaime Tsai, System of Objects is an exhibition that explores the logic of collection and display. How might consuming from a hierarchy of commodities determine our sense of individuality and our social position? What roles do carefully arranged artefacts in museum taxonomies, or the repetition of certain art objects in collections, exhibitions, and media coverage, play in the acquisition and justification of knowledge? These object ‘systems’ invisibly structure everyday life, perpetuating inequalities, and concealing prejudice and desire. In this exhibition, the vibrant and diverse collections of eight artists are shown alongside artefacts from the National Art School archives, and ‘objective’ categorisations and wall texts are abandoned in favour of new modes of looking, interpreting, and knowing.


  • Vicky Browne
  • Maryanne Coutts
  • Christine Dean
  • Amala Groom
  • Fiona Hall
  • Deborah Kelly
  • Kate Scardifield
  • Patricia Piccinini

Kate Scardifield, A trace of one’s own passing 2016, Artist’s fingers, bronze, dimensions variable. Photo: Robin Hearfield. Image courtesy the artist and ALASKA Projects