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“GOMA’s actually known as being quite chilly,” Geraldine Barlow explains. “The QAG is often known to people as the fridge. And GOMA’s like the freezer.”
Barlow, curator of international art at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, is chilling in the foyer of GOMA and contemplating a photo of artist Julian Charrière blowtorching an iceberg. It’s the image that will welcome visitors to the gallery’s summer exhibition, Water.
“It’s kind of cool, but with this burning at the heart of it,” she continues, “which goes to that key issue, our energy use and habits.”
Although the show has been in development for around two years – one early concept involved dual upstairs/downstairs exhibitions called Ice and Fire – activity has ramped up in these last few weeks before opening. At the entrance to the exhibition,...