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13 September – 4 October 2014

Opening Event | Saturday 13 September 6pm
Artist Conversation |  Sunday 14 September 4pm

Continuing his interests in material reality, virtuality, repetition and the common good, Peter Alwast presents a series of paintings which chart the origins of the human species. The exhibition presents a dialogue between paintings made in the real and their virtual counterparts, constructing and deconstructing perceptions about origin and hierarchy.

Join us for the opening event on Saturday 13 September featuring a sound performance stand off between David M Thomas and Ross Manning. Then come along on Sunday 14 September for a conversation between Peter Alwast and artist/writer Christopher Handran. Chris has exhibited in Australia and internationally most recently in Medienkunst at SkulpturenMuseum Glaskasten Marl, Germany. He was awarded the Owen J Wordsworth and Vice-Chancellor scholarships for his MA (Research) on the apparatus and mediation in contemporary visual arts practice at QUT in 2013.


Peter Alwast’s practice employs a range of media including video, computer graphics, painting and drawing. In 1999, Alwast was awarded a Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship and since completing his Masters in Fine Art degree from the Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York in 2001, he has exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2013 Alwast undertook a residency and solo exhibition at Videotage in Hong Kong. In 2011 he created a solo exhibition Future Perfect at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane and his work was seen in the group exhibition Experimenta Utopia Now travelling to MONA, Tasmania as well as Selectively Revealed at the Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea and Tate Modern London. In 2010 Alwast’s video animation work ‘Everything’ received an honourable mention in Update III, at the Liedts Meesen foundation in Ghent, Belgium. In 2008 he was the inaugural recipient of The New Media Art Award, hosted by the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Brisbane, Australia.

Recent exhibitions include ‘Looking Down’ Videotage, 2013, Hong Kong, ArtStage Singapore 2013 (curated by Aaron Seeto) Duets, Gallery9, Sydney, 2013, Frozen In The Tracks, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, 2013, and MAF Video as part of The Melbourne Art Fair, (curated by Simone Hine and Kyle Weise), 2014. In 2014 Peter was appointed as lecturer in Painting at The ANU School of Art in Canberra. Peter’s work is represented by Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane and Gallery9, Sydney.

Exhibition Catalogue | Essay by Christopher Handran and Rachael Haynes

Image: Peter Alwast The Origins of Humanity an exhibition of paintings by Peter Alwast 2014. Installation view at Boxcopy.


Alwast Boxcopy 2014
Alwast Boxcopy 2014
Alwast Boxcopy 2014