The Dark of Absolute Freedom

20 September 2014 – 22 February 2015

Lindy Lee
Fire and water 2006 
synthetic polymer paint and wax on board, archival inks on photorag paper
Collection of The University of Queensland. Gift of Lindy Lee through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program, 2013.
Reproduced courtesy of the artist, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong.

Lindy Lee’s work came to prominence in the 1980s and has evolved in tandem with key developments in Australian art, including the turn towards Asia. The first major survey of this artist’s practice, the exhibition explores Lee’s acclaimed early photocopy work, and the work that evolved following her embrace of Buddhism and her Chinese heritage. Also included are recent works in which she employs pyrographic techniques to evoke the infinity of the universe, and compositions comprising flung bronze. Works have been sourced from a range of public and private collections.

A fully illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition and includes essays by Associate Professor Rex Butler, Damian Smith and curator Michele Helmrich, as well as an interview with Lindy Lee conducted by Suhanya Raffel.

Visitor photography (without tripod, flash or zoom lens) is encouraged in this exhibition. Share your visit on social media.

Curator: Michele Helmrich

Learning Resource


Friday 19 September 6.15 for 6.30pm
opened by
Dr Michael Brand
Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales

Public Programs

Friday 19 September 5.00 – 6.00 pm
Before the opening, please join Michele Helmrich in conversation with Lindy Lee

Saturday 20 September 12.30– 3.00 pm
Zen Buddhist Lindy Lee will conduct a zazen (seated) and a kinhin (walking) meditation session in the exhibition. Visitors are invited to follow and observe the artist, but are requested to remain silent. The meditation session will be preceded by a Q&A with the artist from 12.30 –1.00pm. Presented as part of the UQ Arts and Heritage Day program.

Thursday 25 September 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Please join artist Lindy Lee and Senshin Soen Sa (Zen Master) from the Queensland Zen Centre in a conversation about Artistic practice and mindfulness.

Tuesday 2 December 6.00 – 7.00 pm
Lindy Lee in conversation with A/Prof Rex Butler and Michele Helmrich

ACA logo  

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

supported by

Gordon Darling Foundation logo