Archive : 2019

September 25 - October 12, 2019



Deb K Williams

Slow Territory

Slow Territory responds to the connection between stitching, weaving and drawing and the contemplative, meditative nature of these activities. Using natural dyes, inks and acrylic and collaged felt, silk and cotton, the works respond to a range of natural processes such as the cycle of rehydration and evaporation found within salt lakes, tidal drawings of bush fire ash on coastal areas and verdant growth on lava rocks. Notions of distilling an atmosphere of place are explored and the works form a map of remembrance and meditative intent. 

Deb K Williams has exhibited widely and is currently interested in creating works that explore traditional making methods and how these are linked to place and memory. 



Sarah Murphy & Matt Feder

In Opposition

In Opposition is an investigation into the significance of a process based technique that connects to industry, and class. Sarah Murphy and Matt Feder's works are bound in their semiotic usage of transport imagery, and what it is to move, or be moved from one place to another. To merge, and simultaneously expose the differences between two separate works dealing with: the value of the artists hand, materiality and the binary of high and low art, questioning what it is for the masculine, or feminine to build/construct an atypical object or environment.



Sean McDowell

Selected Works

This exhibition brings together a suite of paintings created over the last two years, which continue the artists’ exploration into materiality, process and ideologies of display. The work follows a trajectory that merges instinctive markings with formulated systems, in which theapplication of paint shifts dramatically from scarce areas of bare canvas to dense clusters of ordered patterns and haphazard gestures. The surface transforming from translucent washes to thick, textured dots and lines applied directly from the tube; each behaving differently in their articulation of a performative action. Accompanying the paintings are a number of sculptures that emphasize McDowell’s interest in re-interpreting found manufactured forms. While serving as viewing devices for the paintings, the scale and anthropomorphic nature of each object evinces qualities visible within the human form. 




September 11 - September 21, 2019



Christian Moes

Emergence

Emergence is the process of becoming. Beings of the in-between, these manifestations represent a turbulence in the natural world that has succumb to human consumption and disregard. They emerge from the depths of moral pollution and crawl upon the wasteland of our mortality. Slowly becoming a mark of death and decay, these are the spirits of our unbecoming.

Christiaan Moes is an emerging Melbourne artist whose work revolves around the subject of anthropomorphism (the attribution of human characteristics to animals) using it as a metaphor and visual embodiment for the human condition, critiquing social identity, sexuality and perception of nature.



Michaela Pegum, Inari Kiuru, Lauralai Wilson, Aurelia Yeomans

Earthbound, lightbound

The artists in Earth bound, light bound share a deep interest in the rich and mercurial paradigm that encompasses our connection with the earth and its atmospheres. Their works include both wearable and sculptural forms and are the result of close observations of the shared space of natural phenomena and emotions. 

Physical and ephemeral elements of our relationship with the natural world are channeled through sensitive transformations of materials that include metals, minerals, textiles and ceramics; speaking in languages that resonate internally and externally, referencing the landscape, the body and the psyche and the symmetries and tensions between them.



Claire McArdle , Zoe Brand

Again and Again

The idea of the multiple is a popular staple of the art world. Editions of prints or photographs are prevalent and even the three dimensional object has been adapted to this model. The work of Joseph Beuys shows the breath of the multiple from signing and writing slogans on bank notes (often Kúnst=Kapital) to Sled (1969).

Brand and McArdle seek to explore the idea of the multiple through their existing practices. How can this notion be the central force for making? What is a multiple? How do their practices play differently off this central theme?




August 14 - August 31, 2019



James Little

FW20 - Rubicon

A series of landscape paintings inspired by Tarra-Bulga National Park, Victoria.

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Peter Leigh

Parallax 1

These works form part of an ongoing investigation into the nature of information and how it is generated, distributed and fragmented. Each work is produced according to the same set of constraints, using the same set of fragmented information generated from found imagery. Through this process the found images are separated from their original content and used instead as a means of exploring the various tensions inherent in painting; rigid structure and improvisation; flatness and depth; the mechanical and the handmade; movement and stillness; durations of time; seriality and variation. The formats of these works also reference common display resolutions of screens through which we are exposed to a perpetual stream of information. The found images used to create this series of artworks were taken from the top ten Google search trends for 2018.



Michael McKenzie

Lost: Thinking Out Loud in the Dark

Michael’s work is drawn from both a personal and universal psychological connection. The exploration of trying to exist in a pre-existing social establishment where not all true desires can be met. Feelings of guilt and a perverse nature can happen when the ‘real world’ or civilisation deprives you of the freedom of truly discovering ones self. The obsession with becoming famous or wanting to be loved for a sense of worth in a society set up for hierarchy. The use of alternative methods with accessible objects as an escape if it can’t be achieved that can result in a distorted identification. This visually documented psycho-analysis manifested inevitably takes form of illustrated alter egos that don’t physically exist. Or do They? 2 conflicting forces of masculinity and femininity, conscious and unconscious, creation and destruction, life and death all interconnected. Further unlocked unconscious thoughts, feelings and word associations are communicated with iconography, design and illustration. This is as a result of a filtered perception and reinterpretation of an overwhelming multi-media and pop culture world we
have grown up in.




July 24 - August 10, 2019



Amina McConvell

A Combinatorial Explosion

A Combinatorial Explosion is an installation and mural work which looks at exponential, cascading chain reactions that occur in nuclear explosions. Within the context of this body of work, these chain reactions function as a signifier of a potential global catastrophe; whereby growth occurs too rapidly and decay soon follows. The artist uses geometric conceptualism and abstract forms to convey the stages of the nuclear reaction. The diagrammatic forms are used to create a progressive abstract composition, within which, one form triggers another, and then another, and another in progression. 
This project is proudly supported by the Australia Council for The Arts and Arts NT.
 

 



Nada Polski, Fleur Summers, James Healey, Henry Law, David Dellafiora, Susan Hartigan, Gracie Edwards, Richard Harding, Peter Ellis, Chris Deakin, Louise Weaver, Shaun Wilson, Tammy Honey, Michael Vale, Adam Lee, Greg Moncrieff, Fran Van Riemsdyk, Craig Easton, Simon Perry, Joyce Huang, David Thomas, Cat Polski, Adrian De Vries, Shane Hulbert, Tammy Hulbert, James Murnane, Jim Murnane, Kit Wise, Elouise Harper, Bronte Webster, Wilma Tabacco, Charles O’Loughlin, Peter Clarke, Colleen Morris, Peter Hill, David Thomson, Lesley Duxbury, John de la Roche, Lesley O’Gorman, Greg & Davis Fullerton, Kevin White, Max White, Tiffany Parbs, Ron Guy, Kristian Brennan, Ceri Hann, Jason Wade, Benjamin Sheppard, Rhett D’Costa, P J Hickman, Robin Kingston, Harry Hay, Simon Gardam, Paul Compton, Morris Edwards, Malcom Bywaters, Julian Goddard, Ben Harper, Rod Prohasky , Al Outchomsky, Rhonda Watson, John MacKinnon, Stephanie Kam, Gabriel Nielsen, Gracia Haby, Louise Jennison, Jim Ross, Guy Hughes, Raphael Buttonshaw, Nicholas Jones, Enrique Toches, Adam Lee, Andrew Tetzlaff, Tony Garifalakis, Stephen Armstrong, Katie Paine, Andrew Gunnell, Maria Quaremba and others

Museum of Platitudes and Aphorisms

The Museum of Platitudes and Aphorisms project is a series of exhibitions and events that explore how individual artists and audiences explore their thinking about the presence of art in a studio or a gallery environment. It seems that there is a peripheral vision that occurs in all artist’s practices which, once recognised, either avoids or extends the awareness of the role of art and galleries in our lives. The aim of the project is to ask both makers and observers to reflect upon their own values in the experiences of making, encountering and looking at art. The role of the museum or gallery as the psychological architecture used to reflect upon accepted knowledge is also in review.



Felix Atkinson

Soft Trees Break The Fall

Soft trees break the fall is the latest body of work from Naarm-based artist, Felix Atkinson. Made over a period of great uncertainty snd instability, this body of work reflects the artists’ concerns with vulnerability, intimacy, trauma and memory  Read together with the title of the exhibition, the paintings carry within them the bittersweet realisation of the ephemeral nature of all things. 




July 3 - July 20, 2019



Noah Spivak

Thousand Tears

Thousand Tears investigates the study of visual re-presentation and its ability to create distance between idea (memory) and object (self). Spivak isolates, breaks and reconstitutes the materials inherent to photography allowing the medium an opportunity to look back on itself. This exhibition serves as a reminder of the physical and chemical processes of photography, granting the viewer space to consider the value of image in our visually saturated culture.

Noah Spivak studied at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York and received a Bachelor of Fine Art in photography from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2015. Shortly after graduation he migrated to Melbourne and has been actively producing since in his Brunswick based studio. Spivak has exhibited both nationally and internationally.



Patrick Heath

Standing On The Outside

Patrick Heath is an emerging artist from Adelaide. His work uses found materials and pop cultural artifacts to explore overlapping personal and social narratives, playing with myth, nostalgia and the vernacular culture of suburban Australia. Standing On The Outside...New work representing the artist’smusings on repetition, nostalgia and the intimacy of the ubiquitous. These altered, found canvases explore ideas of home and the fractured nature of memory through histories encoded within patterns.

This exhibition is supported by the Helpmann Academy



Thomas Kuss

Solidarity

Why do I feel so much ?

Why do I fear so much ?

Why do I judge ?

Why do I assume ?

Why do I compare ?

Why do I have guilt ?

How do I comprehend the past ?

Why do I want to know ?

Why is it best not to know ?

Do I need to change ?

Do I need to grow ?

Do I need to compromise ?

Do I need help ?

Do I need you ?

 

 

 

 




June 12 - June 29, 2019



James Grant

Portraits between Alice Springs and Darwin

Portraits between Alice Springs and Darwin presents a collection of figures drawn from my childhood memories of farmers and stockmen while traveling in this region. Executed on several large scale canvases the characters depicted here explore ideas of masculinity, isolation, fragility and the development of identity. I hoped to respectfully portray people whose perceptions of the world and their environment differ from those held by many urban Australians.



Rachel Gresswell

Working For Two Minutes

Working for two minutes takes its cue from Alain de Botton’s, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, and considers the ‘hymn to the intelligence, peculiarity, beauty and horror of the modern workplace’. Reflecting an ongoing tension between work-work, and art-work, Working for two minutes is a personal attempt to reconcile these coexisting forces, examining one through the lens of the other. 

A meditation on the mundane, a rumination on the routine, the work celebrates the ordinary daily performance of working life. 

Rachel Gresswell is a Melbourne-based artist, working primarily in figurative drawing, and the study of movement through drawing for moving image.



Christopher Doyle

Pictures From Hotel Rooms

In ‘Playing and Reality’ Donald W Winnicott explains how children manifest their internal reality on to their first possession whether that be a teddy bear, a blanket or a gesture. The child can escape reality when they confuse their internal and external worlds through these “not me” objects. As the child starts to differentiate between their internal and external selves these objects lose purpose and poignancy. They don’t get forgotten but are transferred to a limbo state, remaining sentimental of a time past but that time is not really understood through the object after the child has grown up. The objects remain in a transitional state, as the child grows and develops, the objects remain.

Slavoj Zizek in an interview on ecology suggest that “​The true spiritual change is to develop, if you want, a kind of emotional attachment to, or to find meaning in, useless objects.” The only constructive way to confront the looming ecological issues of waste management is to be rid of waste management, to find currency in the off cuts of late capitalism.

Toys, Art and Images are all non-human things that we all form intimate relationships with, they exist purely for us to project meaning onto. They build up and dictate our ecology, both physically and digitally. They exist as storage devices for us to off load emotional baggage, for a way to revisit time or to mediate a completely imagined reality. These things do not serve any real usefulness, yet are perpetually created, disseminated and collected. ‘Transitional Objects’ have become an integral part of our human ecology and psychology.

‘Pictures From Hotel Rooms’ explores the ontology of the non human elements that build up our contemporary urban and digital environments. How we form relationships and narratives around the non conscious, and how the narrative changes as they travel through digital and physical forms of dissemination.




May 22 - June 8, 2019



Caterina Leone

No Gods no masterpieces

Caterina Leone is a Melbourne-based artist revitalising the technique of silverpoint to create artworks that question societal belief structures and notions of gender. Working in self-portraiture is her rebellion against a cultural conditioning that disempowered her sex and gender identity. Religious, mythological and art historical references and aesthetics feature heavily, as these hold conflicting suggestions of exclusion and reverence for the artist. Her combination of silverpoint - a largely forgotten way of drawing with precious metals - with contemporary mediums like spray paint, is a means of exploring this inner conflict in her choice of materials as well as subject matter. 



Lukas Clark Orsanic

Shift and Simmer

Shift and Simmer considers the phenomenology of looking through contemporary abstract painting. The body of work examines colour’s state of flux by negotiating the perceivable energies in painting, viewing duration, and materiality.  Drawing from the Optical Art movement’s intention to reveal and awaken vision through optical manipulation the selection of bold, idiosyncratic works engage painting’s possibility to enliven over durational viewing.

The paintings in this eexhibition provide a space for a dialogue between zones of intention and happenstance. They harness chance within the formal context of geometric abstraction using process-based approaches to production.  The work interchanges between premeditated and accidental actions, integrating incidental marks to interrupt the established formula bringing forth questions of perceived intentions and moments of happenstance.



Graziela Guardino

Not so dark as a silent house

Not so dark as a silent house (2019)—a series of ten mixed-media pieces —takes inspiration from two eloquent poems, Evening by Rainer Maria Rilke and I Remember by Rick Holland. The poems express two opposing notions and are in line with the artist explorations of the binary forces that life presents. The work is of a restrictive palette, ambiguously portraying the dichotomies of experience such as absence and presence, darkness and light, and fragility and resilience; aspects that have accompanied human existence. Consequently offers a visual metaphor for how these opposing dualities can simultaneously exist and cause ripples or understanding in our lives.

The materials used—linen, wood, thread and paint—were chosen for their transformative qualities. Through a continuous process of experimentation—building, deconstructing, cutting, painting, pulling threads and sewing—symmetry and asymmetry forms are created and juxtaposed to evoke a sense of space, volume and distance while the textures and layers unveil the degree of psychological responses of such experiences. The titles of each piece, on the other hand, directly reference fragments of the poems to offer a deeper insight into the abstract ideas presented in the work.

Overall, the exhibition is a thoughtful reflection on the artist past experiences and attempts to reconcile opposing ideas by creating a space for viewers to contemplate their own experiences with such dichotomies. The binary forces that play out in our lives, collectively form an endless tapestry of human experience, the meaning of which can only be gained by taking a step back.

Brazilian born Australian artist, Guardino has completed a Master by Research (with Distinction) at RMIT University in Melbourne. She has exhibited throughout Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong and Singapore, and is a finalist for a number of prestigious art awards including The Churchie Emerging Art Prize, Muswellbrook Art Prize and the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Award.




May 4 - May 18, 2019



The 69 Collective

The Rubicon Experiment

An exhibition of artworks made in responce to the Rubicon space and surrounding areas featuring - 

Rain White
Oonagh McGowan
Voula Christopoulos
Nada Jovic 
Paulina Campos
Aneta Bozic
Louis Balis 
Stephen Glover
Liza Pozar 
Felicity Gordon
Sue Bottomley 
Margot Sharman
Kate Carey Peters
Sharon Crabb
Michelle Eattell
Julie Harmsworth
Norma McGowan
Rose O’Shea 
Julian Di Martino
Carol Rowlands
Daniel Strauss
Trish Round 
Erin Round
Carl Reidy 
Sue Pavlovich 
Sarah Summers
Jenny Gibson




April 10 - April 27, 2019



Silvi Kadillari

Say it Like You Mean It

This body of work is concerned with the inability of articulation and comprehension. The works aim to reflect on, and capture feelings of tension and frustration akin to having a word on the tip of your tongue and being unable to deliver it, or understanding something only for it to be fleeting and out of your grasp once again. The work suspends and holds this liminal space; a space before comprehension and articulation is finally (if ever) achieved. 



Matthew Butterworth

Dead Mans Wheel

The conflict that arises when a wall is created continues to inform my art.  The relationship between materials and process is always my starting point. I create a wheel thrown, functional vessel which I then challenge and manipulate.  The end result is a new artwork but one that remains embedded in this original narrative. 



Yi Pei Loh

The Fictional Days

Yi Pei Loh’s art explores the intervention of his imagination into everyday life experiences and surroundings. He depicts imaginary cityscapes and distorted nature, showing the interplay between the real and fictional world. By illustrating the unreal, he believes that fiction can inspire and explore how we experience the everyday lives. Executed with Chinese ink and watercolour on paper, the works reflect different aspects of contemporary life and culture. The works have stories to tell but, at the same time, aim to inspire audience generate their own.

This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.




March 20 - April 6, 2019



Benita Dass - Grasse

Thoughts On Abstinence

The landscape provides a setting for abstinence. There are very few people here. I'm alone, and sexually frustrated. I'm in awe of this vast, empty landscape, but also feeling a great sense of resentment towards it. I want to appreciate its beauty and wildness, but instead my mind wanders and is consumed by thoughts of sex. But I'm isolated here. So I walk, make drawings, take photos, and try to think about abstinence, despite my mind being filled with sex. 

Thoughts on abstinenceis a project conceived during a three month stay in the Scottish highlands. Landscape photography of the surroundings is shown alongside drawings of sex-obsessed creatures which are created from scribbles. 



Tyler Payne

Kimspired

At the same time that art’s representations of the female body have undergone revaluation as a result of a critique of the male gaze, a culture of women’s self-representation of their bodies has emerged online via social media sites.

 Today, women’s own publication of their bodies online has become part of everyday life. Certain cultural forms made possible by social media, such as that grouped around ‘#fitspiration’, demand ever greater (self-)scrutiny of women’s bodies. While this cultural form’s practice of peer rewards, along with the rhetoric of ‘choice’, appears to emphasise women’s agency, #fitspiration is arguably a powerful disciplinary tool, functioning in the Foucauldian sense to correct 



Jessye Wdowin - McGregor & Ren Gregorcic

Nature, Post - Nature

Nature, post-nature is a collaborative exhibition by Jessye Wdowin-McGregor and Ren Gregorčič that responds to the phenomenon of ‘post-natural’ landscapes; marginal sites in which a distinct overlap between urban development and rural wilderness occurs, such as at the edges of cities, in the gaps between factories, under freeways and bordering railways.

Running counter to traditional definitions of nature, post-natural landscapes are commonly described as unremarkable, mundane places without legitimate claims to being natural and as such are relegated to the peripheries of vision and attention. Although often overlooked, these landscapes are important ecologies that reflect the ability of the natural world to counterbalance the disruption of environmental systems caused by human activity.

With an emphasis on light and shadow, built and natural forms and the persistence of flora and fauna in ever restless urban spaces, nature, post-natureexplores the commingling of human and non-human narratives that occur in the post-natural landscape. The exhibition is an experiential device created by the artists for observing the phenomenology of the post-natural, where a sense of ecological equilibrium can be understood.




February 27 - March 16, 2019



Natalie Mather

Chroma In the Diskothek

Chroma in the diskothek​ is a solo exhibition of new painting by Natalie Mather. Drawing from Deleuze’s lines as ‘becomings’, that ‘bifurcat[e] and diverg[e] ... [connect and entangle]’, Natalie explores how her painting can create both movement and a sense of immersion. Using Frank Stella’s idea of ‘geometry that [has] a narrative impact’ as a starting point, Mather has made a large-scale, multi-panelled narrative abstraction, with mirrored pictorial elements underscoring the ‘bifurcating and diverging’ of the painted image. ​chroma in the diskothek​, packed into a small thoroughfare space, uses both a saccharine colour palette reminiscent of the 1980s and frenetic pictorial space to agitate, to overwhelm, and to engage the viewer as an interstitial part of the whole.



Kevin Morgan Jones

Good Mirage

'If you get it on a try you never learn it back' -   Clark Coolidge

The show is titled "Good Mirage", and is a series of monochrome abstract paintings, with a 75-ball Bingo template complete with a  winning bingo combination, both printed and painted atop.
Bingo is a game in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off all their numbers in particular combinations. Some of these combinations form the dotted compositions within these paintings.
  It is a game of chance, and is played mostly by the elderly.

The exclamation 'Bingo!', much like 'Eureka!', is often used to express satisfaction at a sudden positive event or outcome.


I am interested in popular games as analogies for structures that govern meaning and value.
Good luck, '
 

Kevin Morgan Jones 2019



Lucia Rossi

Gnomon Experiments #2

Extracted from the gentle and constant rotation of the earth around the sun, the Gnomon Experimentsexplore an abstract notion of time by combining the appearance of two and three-dimensional space. The works highlight that the notions of motion, flow and order are relative to the frame-of-reference and the particularities constructed by the singular point-of-view. Like a group of musical notes can create a harmony, the metronomic markings captured in the Gnomon Experimentsare like a collection of singular and related events that create their own particular form.




February 6 - February 23, 2019



Ariana Luca

A Trace of an Action

As a medium, drawing has the capacity to physically capture the actions, movements and gestures of an artist. Each mark on the surface of the paper can act as a record of the artist’s processes and decisions as they unfolded over time. Ariana Luca explores this idea through creating large drawings on the floor of her studio. She uses unfixed drawing materials like pastel or charcoal to physically trace her own movements as she paints and draws abstract compositions. In this process moments of chance and randomness, like smudges and fingerprints, are captured alongside carefully controlled watercolour forms and patterns.



Cristian Alvarez, Emily Yuting Chen, Jessie Dean, Silvi Kadillari, Natasha Manners, Darren Nedza, Katia Silkova

From Becoming To Belonging

From becoming to belonging is an interdisciplinary exhibition of new work by a group of emerging artists responding to an exploration of own cultural identity within personal experiences in Australia as migrants. Born overseas or in Australia within a migrant family, 'the otherness' is felt, so is the constant process of choice to engage or disengage with Australian socio-cultural standards. Cross-cultural narratives bring a sense of belonging into emerging futures as long as they are visible and appreciated. Being present but absent, lost but searching, still but constantly moving, foreign but Australian are some of the complexities explored in this show.



Bridgette McNab and Justin Scivetti

Between Something and Nothing

Existing between something and nothing, this tightly choreographed two person exhibition unpacks the enduring dialogue between painting and cinema that resounds with the language of illusion. Over the course of the ten part series, a blending of borrowed and imagined scenes unfurl, frame by frame with each painting informing the next like stills from a familiar film. Drawing from Jean Baudrillard’s influential ideas about simulacra and simulation supplanting the ‘real’, the pair’s serialized compositions self-reflexively examine fantasy, fiction and artifice. Lingering close-ups, landscapes and nature scenes become visual synecdoche’s that are as much about concealment as they are revelation, forging a beguiling unreality that steps in for today’s ideological abyss.




January 16 - February 2, 2019



Liv Moriarty

The splinter in a wall, the hum in my hand

Utilising a logic that is sensory and compulsively circular, Moriarty elevates found debris into a self-fulfilling functionality.

A hook, a latch, concrete rubble; objects are collected instinctively. Obtained separate and displaced, they hold one-another; their references are both preserved and recontextualised. These materials contain an agency in their relationship to each other and the site, the relationship is both logical and visceral within its logic. A poetic satisfaction through recognition occurs.

Works become charms extending from the architecture, sitting in a charged, humming loop that is encapsulated within each form. Structures support themselves, held in a tense, connected space of being and becoming.



Jessica Wilson, Anne Kucera, Shae Rook, Lou Molesworth, Narinda Cook, Hahna Read

Ghost Without A Home

Underbelly blew up my house. My childhood home was a location for Fat Tony & Co. (2014). It played a meth lab, which mum chose not to take personally.
In early 2018 my childhood home was demolished (for real this time), to celebrate I invited my artist friends to create a loving sendoff. For one evening my parents opened up their home of over 30 years to some old friends and some strangers. We called it a ‘House Party’.



Julia Higgs

A Line To Navigate

This exhibition uses collage and drawing to create works on paper and in space using ink, imagery, wire, cotton and steel. 2D works and installation unite to showcase elements of the body, varying line-work and an ephemeral essence emphasised through handmade works of art. It’s influenced by the collages of Hannah Hoch and sculpture by Sarah Sze, who uses photographs, found objects and wire to create installations that toggle between the second and third dimension.