Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Kreckler, Derek J. (2003). Holey 1, 2 & 3. National Gallery Of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria. [Exhibition]

Link to images of the 3 works on the Derek Kreckler website here.

Image of Holey #3 here.



Research Background
Produced through an invitation to exhibit in the 2003 Clemenger Contemporary Art Award at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Holey comprises two-dimensional photographs of beach and seascapes that are ‘holey’. Circles have been excised from the once seamless surface of the photographs, and reconstructed as three-dimensional spherical forms placed on low plinths just off the floor, creating a dynamic tension between photographic image and sculptural object.

Research Contribution
Holey is a unique series of photographic works exploring the relationship between two dimensional space and three-dimensional form. Mike Parr writes, “The slight shift between the two photographs … is magnified by the form of the work as a whole. It is a work that splits our attention from the outset and from the outset we want to address this double nature of the work as its message.1

1. Parr, M. Holysmoke, Art and Australia, 42(2). 2004, p 204.

Research Significance
The work was invited into exhibition in the Clemenger Contemporary Art Award 2003, National Gallery of Victoria; the Australian Biennale of Contemporary Photomedia at the Art Gallery of SA (AGSA) as part of the 2004 Adelaide Festival of the Arts; exhibited in “Clouded Over,” Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of WA (UWA), 2004; and at Performance Space, Sydney, 2005. The work features in “The Real Thing” by Professor Ian Mclean (UWA), ArtLink vol 24, #1, and “Holysmoke” by Mike Parr, Art and Australia. Holey#1 was purchased by AGSA and Holey#2 and #3 by private collectors.