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...But never by chance...

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)


26 Jun 1992 to 28 Aug 1992


Jennifer Hamilton, Melanie Howard, Bronia Iwanczak, Sheridan Kennedy, Rosemary Laing, Rosslynd Piggot, Carol Rudyard

Guest Curator:

Linda Marie Walker

About the exhibition

...but never by chance… was a small exhibition of works by Australian female artists that shared a sense of the deliberate, as opposed to chaos, coincidence, or seemingly accidental markings, either in their visual aesthetic or in their conveyed meaning.

The title for this exhibition came from a Marguerite Duras quote: 'The reading of the book, says the actor, must always be listened to in the same way. Whenever, between the silences, the text is read out, the actors should hang on very word, frozen, scarcely breathing, as if, in gradual stages, there was always more and more meaning to be extracted from the simplicity of the words. The actors should look at the man in the story, and sometimes at the audience. Sometimes they should look at the woman, too, but never by chance'

Fifteen works made up ...but never by chance…, each of which were made to be read independently while contributing to the larger layered conversation of the erotic female body.