Peter Coffin and Djordje Ozbolt

Herald St

Our expectation upon entering a dark, black-curtained gallery is that we will be watching some “new media” projection. But no: In this collaborative work by installation artist Peter Coffin and painter Djordje Ozbolt, Untitled (Djordje Ozbolt) (all works 2008), five small paintings hang on a wall in a darkened room. One by one, in sequence, each picture is brightly lit for a minute or so—the first a bit longer than the rest. The lighting on each picture varies. Four spotlights dance over a work subtitled Health and Safety, in which a monkey cavorts in some depthless gymnasium or construction site; or a bolt of lightning flashes on Lady in Red, a stormy landscape centering on a standing female figure. There is a pause of a few seconds in pitch-blackness before the next painting is illuminated; each new light triggers a sound track related to the momentarily visible image. Chirping birds

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