Too Much of Me: 7 Paths through the absurd (with detour)*

Stuart Ringholt, Helen Lane 2009

Stuart Ringholt, Helen Lane 2009, video still. Courtesy of the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney. Link to Stuart Ringholt Frieze article

Ronnie van Hout, Doom and gloom 2009

Ronnie van Hout, Doom and gloom 2009, painted plastic, clothing, painted fibreglass on polystyrene, modelling clay, synthetic hair. Courtesy of the artist

Too Much of Me: 7 Paths through the absurd (with detour)*

Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton campus
15 April - 20 June 2009
Opening function: Saturday 18 April, 3pm
Curator: Geraldine Barlow

The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.

The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.

– Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

How do we make sense of who we are and our place in the world, a world ambivalent to our existence? Our thirst for meaning fuels our encounters with the absurd; whether unexpected or deliberately sought out. Too Much of Me creates a number of paths through this terrain, encompassing the philosophical weight of the absurd as well as its relationship to play, creation, ridicule, revolt and freedom.

The artists in the exhibition work with aspects of personal refection and self-portraiture. If art and self awareness arise from self reflection, what are the dangers of an excess of self reflection – too much of me?


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Education & Public Programs

Dancing with Myself - Dr Adrian Martin
Please note change of date: Thursday 28 May 2009 4:30-6pm
Venue: R6, Building 8
Monash University Museum of Art, Clayton campus
(building directly next to the Museum of Art)

An illustrated lecture featuring dance in film with absurd resonances.

Light refreshments will be served
Bookings essential. Places are limited.
Phone MUMA on 03 9905 4217 or email

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