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from the media release:
Abracadaver is a joint show about magic, death and artifice. The exhibition draws on aspects of the macabre and the somber, as well as fun and whimsy. It features the sculptural installation work of Lauren Brown and the illustrations and photographic work of Linda McRae. Tucked away from the limelight in a small arcade gallery, hiding in a regional town, the exhibition also focuses on that which is precious being hidden and then revealed in art, death and magic.
Brown investigates the crossover of magic and death through the idea of the resting place as ‘architecture’ and her sound/light-based work and interactive sculpture actively “put the fun into funeral”*. Meanwhile, McRae focuses on the subconscious, reflecting the link between death, faith and magic. She interprets magic as the unknown, the mystery, the confusion, the trick of the eye, and the afterlife through a series of banner works, illustrations and etchings.
*quote from Jake and Dinos Chapman, When Humans Walked the Earth