Lincoln Austin is known for his sculptural and multi-media works employing geometry, optics and scale to playfully explore the blurred boundaries between Ideal and Physical realities. Austin employs art to investigate ideas circulating around notions of perception. Specifically, how perception effects understanding, and how interaction can alter perception. This analysis of perception has prompted him to make art that requires the movement of the viewer to ‘activate’ the work.
Lincoln Austin has held solo exhibitions in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, including at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008) and Ipswich Art Gallery (2009). His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions nationally including ‘Open, Closed’ Queensland University of Technology Art Museum (2012) and ‘Light Play’ University of Queensland Art Museum (2015). His work has been included in group exhibitions in England, Italy and Japan.
Austin’s work is held in many public collections including QAGoMA, the UQ Art Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery, and Artbank. Austin has completed many public art commissions around SE Queensland. In 2015, Austin undertook an Australia Council residency at the British School, Rome. In 2017 Austin received Arts Queensland funding to develop new work and mentor Queensland artist Jordan Azcune. In 2021 Austin presented a 20 year survey exhibition at Ipswich Art Gallery. Lincoln Austin regularly presents exhibitions with Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane.
2021 SWELL ARTWORK – Cast, Lincoln Austin
Cast: to put forth – to shed/molt – to deposit – to place by throwing.
Poetic allusions to natural and manmade environments distilled into an elegant form of minimal material. Seemingly incongruous to its beach location, the work is alien, a cast away. Evoking a shipwreck or bones of a deceased creature, the skeletal form seemingly emptied out. Turned onto its end and partially buried it is simultaneously poised and anchored, encouraging audience movement through its stillness, drawing infinities against the sky, and marking time as the day’s shadows pass.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.