Cameron Bishop’s practice investigates how national narratives and mythologies can be disturbed. Bad Impressions features new painting and animation that ‘remake’ or ‘reconstitute’ Australian Impressionist works from the Heidelberg School era. Painted on imported Luaun pine and exhibited alongside short animated loops, Bishop’s images are populated with the remains of astromonks, historiographers and the dispossessed.
The intersection of traditional and new media has been a critical component of Bishop’s practice in recent years, and in this exhibition highlights the presence of inside/outside power relations within both Australian identity politics and nationalist histories of Australian art
Cameron Bishop is a Melbourne-based artist and writer. He teaches at Deakin University, where he completed a PhD in 2010. This exhibition extends some of the concepts he has been exploring in sculptural installations and writing over the last six years. Cameron has exhibited extensively in and around Melbourne for over a decade, and has also held shows in Dunedin, New Zealand and Hobart in 2009 with the collaborative group Bozo Ink.