Rosemary Laing

flight research #9, 1999-2000
Type C photograph, edition 2/3 AE (Australian edition) only one size of this image was made
60 x 60 cm (image); 83 x 83 cm (framed)


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Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
Acquired from the above

Rosemary Laing – flight research, Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney, 24 May – 17 June 2000, cat. 7

Another example from the edition
Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Rosemary Laing, Piper Press, Sydney, illus. p. 92

'I made flight research in 1999 - at a time of great optimism for the new century. The photographs on one level... resemble a desire for liberation and are entirely escapist. On a possibly banal level they are an embodiment of the desire for a better state of existence in the world - unhindered and unfettered by the stymie of necessity and cultural condition.  I wanted to unfetter the body from the trappings of the technical prostheses of flight... and place the body in flight (in suspension) between the earth and oblivion (the sky) and all that can be out there.' (Rosemary Laing in Abigail Solomon-Godeau, Rosemary Laing, Piper Press, 2012, p.30)

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Image courtesy of the artist and Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne

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Rosemary Laing is a photo-based artist with a painter’s eye. Her highly detailed, intentional compositions meditate upon humankind’s complicated relationship to the natural environment. The resulting images combine a sublime appreciation of the distinct Australian landscape with highly choreographed human interventions that she integrates within nature in what amounts, in essence, to a transient form of land art.

Born in 1959 in Brisbane, Laing has been working and exhibiting since the 1980s. She trained as a painter in the late-1970s before turning to photography, which was at first just a form of reference material. Laing rose to prominence with her flight research (1999) and Bulletproof glass (2002) series of floating brides, images that defy reason in their composition and surreal quality, especially since they were shot without the assistance of digital composition.

In 2017-18, Laing was the subject of a major survey of her work from the last three decades at the TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria. In 2015, two of her photographic series – greenwork (1995) and brownwork (1996-97) – were shown in full in Rosemary Laing: transportation, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. An earlier major survey, The Unquiet Landscapes of Rosemary Laing, was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, in 2005, touring in 2006 to Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark. She has participated in multiple biennials, including the Biennale of Sydney (2008); the Venice Biennale (2007); the Busan Biennale (2004); and the Istanbul Biennale (1995).

In 2019, Laing received the Overseas Photographer Award at the 35th Higashikawa Awards, Hokkaido, Japan, in career recognition of photographic achievements such as weather (2006); leak (2010) and Buddens (2017). A monograph on Laing’s work was published by Prestel, New York, in 2012, written by Abigail Solomon-Godeau.