Opening: 5.30pm 17 September 2021
Exhibition dates: 18 September – 24 October 2021
Contemporary Art Tasmania, 27 Tasma St, North Hobart.
One of art’s functions is to open viewers to an experience of not-knowing, a moment that allows space for insight and for wondering. The works in Numinosity look beyond the limitations of everyday rational activity, touching on ideas of spiritualism, meditative and hypnogogic states, but exist outside any particular religious tradition. Much like the process of artists opening themselves to possibility, Numinosity is an opening, bringing together the work of contemporary artists who interrogate the life, soul and energy of their artistic material in distinct ways.
The word ‘numinosity’, derived from the Latin numen, ‘supernatural’, means the ‘spiritually elevated’ or ‘sublime’. Like the similar word luminosity, there is reference to the emanation of subtle, transcendent energy that can awaken a sense of the mysterious and it is around this latter quality that the works in this exhibition are gathered.
Image: Belle Basin, Form 10,2, 2019 – 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.