Greg Dare

<strong>Greg Dare</strong><br/>born 1947 Sydney, New South Wales<br/>Travels extensively in Asia; based intermittently in Darwin, Northern Territory.<br/><br/><i>Govt P.S. House - Myilly Point</i>1987<br/>Screenprint, AP edn of 9<br/>28.5 x 43.5cm [image]<br/>Charles Darwin University Art Collection - CDU1320<br/>Gifted by the artist, November 2005<br/>Image © & courtesy the artist. Photography: Chris Knight, Digifilm Australia<br/>

Greg Dare was a Visual Arts graduate at the Darwin Community College/Darwin Institute of Technology in 1985 and was awarded a Graduate Residency in the School of Fine Arts in 1987.

From late 1987 to 1991, he lived in Canberra, working as a printmaker at Megalo Print Studio and as a teacher in screenprinting at the Canberra School of Art, under Jorg Schmeisser.

He returned to Darwin in 1991, and was a Lecturer in Life Drawing and a Tutor in Photography in the Art School of the former Northern Territory University. From 1994 to 1998, Dare taught photography at Centralian College in Alice Springs and worked freelance as a photographer.

Following a period of travel on the east coast of Australia and abroad, he returned to Darwin in 2005. Between 2005 and 2006 he travelled extensively throughout Asia, visiting and working as a photographer in Bali, Thailand, Malaysia (Penang), and in Nepal, where he was based in a monastery.

Govt P.S. House – Myilly Point 1987 was part of a series of collages and screenprints entitled 33/3, first exhibited in 1987 at The Esplanade Gallery in Darwin and created during Dare’s term as artist-in-residence at the Darwin Institute of Technology. The title 33/3 referred to the series’ original conception and display: a total of 33 works assembled in three tiers, each of eleven individual screenprints.

Comprising graphic impressions of Darwin’s ebullient cultural life and politically-charged atmosphere, its luxuriant natural landscapes and rapid urban and suburban expansion, the 33/3  series formed a panoramic assemblage of a booming tropical township on the edge of the Arafura Sea – an Asian city, as much as an Aboriginal and European one, and one on the cusp of change.

Today, Dare’s snapshots of late 1980s Darwin exist only as fragments of a whole: both the art work and the city itself can never be reconstructed as they once were, except in our imagination. As discrete remnants, the screenprints have the unsettling, nostalgic quality of old postcards or stills from silent newsreels. They evoke quiet corners of the past in high key, saturated colours, reclaiming what was once “home” as an act of individual and collective memory.

Anita Angel, Curator CDU Art Collection & Art Gallery
4 March 2013

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