Phoebe Whitman _ Apprehending light (2021)
Past Event

Light Encounter

Presented by Town Hall Gallery


Sat 20 May 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Free, booking required


Town Hall Gallery
Hawthorn Arts Centre, Level 1/360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia


Accessible bathroom Assistance animals welcome Hearing loop available Seating available Wheelchair accessible

Phoebe Whitman and Leslie Eastman present Light Encounter – a collaborative performance and presentation exploring historical and contemporary ideas concerned with light.

Phoebe approaches light as material and experiments with these ephemera in relationship to surfaces and the everyday. Leslie’s practice comprises working with light as volume and as an analogy for perception. For both practitioners, duration is central to the experience of this dynamic and transitional condition.

Together they present and discuss the elusive qualities, meanings, and experiences inherent in and around the dynamic condition of light – and the slippages between art and interior design – using text, imagery, dialogue, and apparatus to produce encounters with light.


Phoebe Whitman

Phoebe Whitman is an artist, designer, and educator. Her experimental practice involves surfaces through painting, photography, intervention, installation, and teaching. Through research, site-responsive techniques, studio production and assemblages, she engages in open-ended processes to incite occurrences and potentialities with surface. Her PhD claims surface is entangled in various durations, materialities, occurrences and becomings. Through attentiveness to how surfaces are situated – as material, spatial, and temporal situations – her practice is a provocation for experiencing and perceiving materiality and temporality in the world. Phoebe is currently the Program Director of the Interior Design (Honours) program in the School of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT University.

Phoebe completed a BA in Fine Art Painting (Honours) (1999) and a BD in Interior Design (Honours) (2005) at RMIT University. She completed her Doctorate by Research PhD ‘Surface Encounter’ at RMIT University (2021). Phoebe is currently the Program Director of the Interior Design (Honours) program in the School of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT University.

Leslie Eastman

A graduate of Melbourne University and RMIT, Leslie Eastman has held numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions nationally, at venues such as ACCA, Linden and Experimenta, and internationally. He has been the recipient of grants from the Australian Film Commission, the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Victoria.

Leslie’s installation works utilise a range of media, including lenses and light, large-scale mirrors, drawings and video to explore the deceptively simple fact of our presence in and perception of the world. The work explores the issue of the subject, and its enigmatic relationship to the unbounded environment, or another way is to say that the artwork opens onto the environment, the greatest context, and its relationship to the finite subject.

Leslie has often worked in collaboration with both artists and writers as a way of questioning conventional assumptions about authorship as well as working in response to a situation or location as a way of extending and testing the role of art practice and its outcomes. Leslie was a key member of Light Projects, an experimental project space in Melbourne that held over thirty exhibitions by local and international artists addressing themes of psychoanalysis and perception.

Leslie is currently a Senior Lecturer in Interior Design at RMIT.

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