Undertow was a specially devised project that emphasized the epic spaces of ACCA’s new commission hall by one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Susan Norrie. Using the new space as a form of architectural origami, Norrie created a project rich in images of nature in rapturous states. Simultaneously orgasmic and calming, the walls of ACCA shifted and pulsed with volcanos, blossoms, mud pools, clouds and so forth in a dramatic sequence that utilised the grandiose scale and vertiginousness of the space.
Susan Norrie’s project was the first in a series of important new Australian commissions. It was presented as part of the 2002 Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Program.
Curator: Juliana Engberg
Project Manager: Rebecca Coates
Melbourne Festival Visual Arts Program
In the Press
18 September, Dramatic Online, ACCA's new home sees history in the making
26 October, The Age, Individual, moody and seductive
29 October, The Bulletin, Earthly treasures
October-December, NGV Members Magazine, Exclusive Exhibition Viewing and Curators Talk
1 November, The Age, Of gods and monsters
Volume 31, Broadsheet, Undertow Review
ACCA Press Release