Things I Wish I’d Known
Curated by Phip Murray & Kelly Fliedner
29 October – 10 November 2010
Between the years 1902 to 1908 the 27-year old poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote ten letters to Franz Kappus, a 19-year old student seeking feedback on his poetry but, more broadly, career and life advice. The letters were published in a compendium titled Letters to a Young Poet. Things I Wish I’d Known riffs on Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet; each participating artist was asked to ‘think back’ through their practice to consider the discoveries — and also the pitfalls and anxieties — that attended the development of their arts practices. Rather than acting as notes of guidance, each work within the exhibition reflected on the processes that take place within the evolution of an artist’s work — the sometime unrecognisable yet fundamental transactions that shape an artist’s career.
Text: Phip Murray & Kelly Fliedner
Installation image (bottom): Kelly Fliedner