Archive : 2022

May 4 - May 21, 2022



Carolina Arsenii

Nets and Traps

Nets and Traps is a series of paintings and sculptures that combines diagrammatic elements, colour fields, figures and patterns to explore ideas of systematisation in response to living in a chaotic and unpredictable world. This series emerged through an iterative process of making shapes and forms, gradually creating systems of symbols and motifs that are in dialogue with each other. The work contrasts curiosity and wonder at the unknown with a sense of disorientation and confusion. 

This exhibition has been supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.



Noah Spivak

we keep growing but the skys never seemed so far away

'we keep growing but the sky's never seemed so far away' investigates our perceptions of control and the accompanied sensations a physical body may experience during periods of restlessness. How contrary feelings like these become when countless days are spent feeling overly dominated by the invisable. It is these inevitable moments of submission the artist chooses to explore in his latest installation: a series of appendages and sculptural interventions, wiped of their physical histories, allowing the audience to project their own relationship (and lived experience) with power and control.  

This exhibition has been supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants

 

 

 

 



Jaxon Waterhouse / Chantelle Mitchell

Landslip

Landslip is a geo-speculative exploration of being-between, positioning the movement of the lithic in relation to states of matter. In the words of Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, ‘catastrophe’s archive brims with narratives that unfold along timescales far exceeding the familiar, long arcs of impress and translation, generation and grapple.’ In looking to the archival realities of stratification, and the destabilising effects of landslides, we seek to entangle ourselves with narratives across timescales, considering and implicating the human, and too, turning in reverence toward the agency of the lithic. 




April 13 - April 30, 2022



Craige Andrae

Inbetween

Craige Andrae is an Adelaide based contemporary visual artist who has practiced since 1985. He has exhibited broadly including in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art in 1996, the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (1997, 2003) and the Tate Gallery in London in 1999. Craige has also shown work extensively within Australia including at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (1987, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2010), The Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide (1997),  Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2002), Ivan Doherty Gallery, Sydney (2002), The Palmer Sculpture Biennial, Adelaide (2004, 2006, 2010), Art Gallery of South Australia (1996, 1997), as well as various gallerys in London (1999, 2000). Craige had a long association with the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia as well as being the Creative Director of SPUD and Kipler design companies. He has been the Director of Southwest Contemporary Gallery in Sturt st, Adelaide since 2019, curating Project based shows as well as exhibiting in group shows (2019, 2020) and in the solo show "Backyarder" in 2022.    



Andy Petrusevics / Chris Reynolds

Dissonant Nation

Andy Petrusevics is an Adelaide based contemporary visual artist who has practiced since 1984. He exhibited in The Adelaide Biennial of Art in 2009 and whose work "ethink and Laminex Maleviches", a performance art video with 14 people and installation, was aquired by the AGSA. Andy has exhibited and performed in The Adelaide Fringe 1984 - 2019, in 2017 he was a co-presenter in The Adelaide Festival of Ideas and created new work for the fledgling Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2007. Andy has exhibited across Australia and in Japan. He has worked in television production at ABCTV in Adelaide for 14 years, lecturered at tertiary level at UNISA and TafeSA and worked in allied arts production industries. In 2020 his conceptual art mini series "The Age of e" screened on Adelaide C44 and will soon come to Melbournes C31. Andy is an Creative Associate at South West Contemporary at 205 Sturt St Adelaide, Directed by Craige Andrae, where Andy curated Project 7 "The Video Show" in 2020 and exhibited a solo exhibition in Project 3 "Dissonant Nation" in 2019 and the group show Project 12 "The Producers" in 2022.                                                                  

Chris Reynolds is a Melbourne based artist, formerly of Adelaide. He had a first phase of creative practice in the 1980's & 90's, often collaborating with Andrew Petrusevics in performance and installation work. During this time he mainly worked with kinetic machines that explored and exhibited aspects of the human psyche. This 1st phase culminated with the public artwork 'a history apparatus', which stands on the cnr of Russell & Bouke Street's in central Melbourne. He then worked for 20 years in the art/mental health field. Since 2015, he has had the opportunity to re-engage with his own creative practice, in the form of painting, sculpture, and performance. This second, and likely final phase, is quite different to the first. As a re-emerging artist, not everything is possible, thoughts and ideas have to be curated for possible realisation, a kind of pre-curatorial curating. This exhibition represents the first result of this.

'I am attempting to give form to the devices, machinery, and paraphernalia we encounter as we navigate our way across the palaestra of lived experience.'

 

 



Sophie Corso

Statues of Sound

Sophie Corso lives and practices contemporary art in Adelaide. She creates hybrid media installation and painting, inspired by modern sound and movement ideas of the 1920s, where the viewer is invited to move within an environment of narrative ambience. Sophie has exhibited in numerous group shows between 2010 - 2019 and her solo exhibitions include "Traffic Jam" (2017) at FELTspace, Adelaide, in 2018 at Sister Gallery, Brompton with “Personal Indifference of a Spotted Line” and at Floating Goose, Adelaide with “Beyond the Fragility of Doubt” in 2019. In this exhibition at Rubicon Sophie is working with a series of metaphysical drawings, dreams, moving image and poetry, under the title of "Statues of Sound".




March 23 - April 9, 2022



Yuchen Xin

Recall

Recall examines personal and curious perceptions of the world and the absurdities in
everyday life. Through making and remaking found objects collected from second-hand
shops, dollar shops and urban environments, I explore how personal history can demonstrate the magic of the uncanny and build a strange narrative that questions the self. I have created individual artworks that together inhabit an installation space which I consider as a whole, to suggest the domestic place, and convey an idiosyncratic ‘homely”
feel.

I use autobiography as a method in art making to record the existence of “the self”. It is
used as a mirror to reflect certain aspect of myself (such as alienation and loneliness) to
conjure up feelings of unease and disquiet in our corporeal lives. 

My works explore the idea of whether the method of creating can become an introspection
into this disturbed life through the process of intuitive making. Informed by the significance
of found material, I connected and transformed selected objects into anthropomorphic
characters as souvenirs that archive my individual memories and reflect personality. In
many ways, throughout society we express part of our depression through anthropomorphic character/monster forms. The tradition of monsters in popular culture cartoons, and horror films create ambiguous humanity and tensions between attraction and repulsion. I invite viewers to find the strange, absurd and the “unreal” in themselves



Victoria Jost

Botanica-Induced

Not long ago I discovered we had rats living in our garden and in my studio. I hopelessly tried to
eliminate them and it seems they collect the plums from our trees and harvest them in their nests formonths. That is how they make it through the winter.

I imagine they store a plum pit close to their hearts and I don’t want them to leave my garden
anymore.~

Repurposing fantasy as an intimate geography, Botanica-Induced recreates a mental garden. A naïve animism that recognises the unexpected emergence of life in everyday objects. In such manner, the surreal is revisited and reinterpreted, repositioning the everyday as extraordinary and the extraordinary as real. Through a fantastical twist, elements such as a plastic bag and a plum pit, become a tool for identifying life in unexpected places; an amateur-automatism operation to bring forth new imageries and narratives.



Sarah Lynch

Survival

Survival is a photographic investigation of encountering the vegetal world in the era of mass extinction. It documents a specific site (Pipe Makers Park), an urban nature reserve left to regenerate and overgrow. Plants coexist and thrive, attracting birdlife in this regenerative garden surrounded by housing estates in the western suburbs. 

The installation is a mixture of large-scale landscapes and enlarged plant specimens. The landscapes are juxtaposed with abstracted colours from the immediate environment and draw attention to the viewer’s visual perception of nature. These experiments reference the ecosystem’s unseen properties such as living organisms, soil and microbes.

This project seeks to decentralise the human narrative and highlight the importance of the vegetal world in creating the atmosphere, one that all living creatures share and rely on for oxygen and existence within the Anthropocene epoch and catastrophic climate change. 

Survival has been generously supported by the Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers Initiative in partnership with Creative Victoria and Regional Arts Victoria.

Sarah Lynch is currently based in Naarm (Melbourne) and works primarily across digital and analogue photography, video and installation. Lynch’s most recent work examines the diversity of the botanical world and the relationship between plants, people, and the ecosystems they inhabit. 

 




March 2 - March 19, 2022



Sarah Catania

What are you comprised of ?

A collection of works exploring my inner workings, personal experiences with turbulent thoughts and anxiety, distancing myself from others, and the environmental and social influences in my life. ‘what are you comprised of?’ is an open invitation to viewers to reflect on what has impacted them throughout their life and how that has shaped them.

 Sarah Catania draws on her own life experiences to create works that engage with trauma, loss, grief, and memory.  Exploring the impact of her own psychological struggles using recycled and found objects, she investigates the consequences of negative experiences in her life.



Carolyn Craig

The Colonised body

My work explores the affectual residue of discarded bodies – those that are socially erased by processes of power and exclusion - In particular the body of the offender. I view this
body as a colonised ‘site’, one Othered by its own spectral contagion. For this project I have collected trace remnants (castings/latex pulls/video and sound loops) from Lithgow Prison.
These are -contextualised in the studio through the framework of hauntology, to develop of body of work that re-visualizes the offender subject as an object of social contagion.



Benjamin Uno

One Face Is The Whole Heart Sutra

The process of writing out the Heart Sutra is called shakyo (写経), and it is not only about the finished product but about effort and intention. I tried to rewrite the Heart Sutra using only faces: the faces of people who were for and against positive change, and also who were neither for nor against. Each face represents a different kanji (漢字Ch. hanzi). 

This is a difficult project which I will continue. But along the way I realised that each face is itself the entire Heart Sutra. It is a central tenet of Zen Buddhism that the Ultimate Reality is immanent in everyday reality. I see the borderline of representation, where passages of marks and gestures resolve themselves into a visage (and often disappear again) as being a way of representing the core proposition of the Heart Sutra: ‘Form is in fact Emptiness, Emptiness is in fact Form.’

I approach portraiture like it is calligraphy, as if I am writing the surface so that it becomes face. They are based on photographs of varying legibility. The whole project is very much two-dimensional. I am like a typical calligrapher (書道家) copying another famous calligrapher’s handwriting. In this case the famous calligrapher is the camera. What is more beautiful (καλλι) than light (φωτός)?

Benjamin Uno is an artist and educator based in Naarm (Melbourne). He is a student of Ishihara Sotei, a master calligrapher of the city of Kagoshima. This exhibition is a continuation of his exhibition s11 Portraits/三世諸佛 held at Rubicon ARI in December 2021.




February 9 - February 26, 2022



Adrian De Vries

1000 Tiny Wounds

1,000 Tiny Wounds is a collection of work that confronts, asking: can non-objective art have
a confrontational presence while retaining a nuanced, formal experience after the initial
encounter?

Adrian De Vries is an Australian artist with an installation-based painting practice, approaching
the medium with a multidisciplinary attitude to produce playful and experimental installations. In
2018, he graduated from RMIT University with Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) and
has been regularly exhibiting in group and solo exhibitions since completing his studies. He is
currently based in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia



Laura Johnston

The Absurdity of Pearls

The Absurdity of Pearls is an exhibition which presents new painting and textile works alongside an existing fabric work. The works are a continuation of the themes explored in my Honours year; the recollection and uncovering objects of beauty that surrounded me as a child. 

Through the creation process and the detangling of associations, the works are remnants of memories referencing my grandmothers’ pearls, hydrangeas, forget-me-nots, and clothing found in the family dress up box. They act as visions of my childhood that hold a joyful, sad quality - playful, yet hinting at the absence of family. Tears falling from the fingers of gloves, hydrangeas providing protection from the beating sun, forget-me-nots embroidered on the chiffon which shrouds and comforts the body and the absurdity of pearls protruding from the walls that enter our realm.

The exhibition ultimately results in an interwoven collection of objects that act as a shrine to loss, hovering in the space of duality which sits between whimsical and melancholic.



Bess Xueyang Hu

Tonight, write you a gooey letter

Bess Xueyang Hu was born in 1998 in Hunan, China, and she currentl lives and works in Melbourne. As an emerging visual artist, she works with diverse media but with a focus on painting. Through inner experience and symbolist imagination, she tries to translate some unnamed and covert feelings or emotions into a visual form with the primacy of expression and the act of painting itself. In this process, she seeks for spontaneous thoughts and freedom of expression.

Her practice also entails applying various materials to realise textural possibilities to enliven and strengthen the painterly surfaces, experimenting with different painting techniques and processes. She is interested in exploring the poetics of imagery formed by figure, colour, composition and texture, trying to find a balance and fusion of expression, experimentation and resolution.




January 19 - February 5, 2022



Ego

Fascinator

Fascinator is a brand new interactive work by digital artist Ego.

Wade into rocky shallows,

the dappled realm of a glamorous recluse.

Startled into hiding at the slightest movement,

beneath a hurriedly (high-)fashioned camouflage.    

Couture hand-crafted from otherworldly treasures.



Jasmine Grace

Refractions

Refractions invites participants to engage with light, colour and motion from multiple perspectives as they move throughout the space. 

Drawing participants to immerse themselves in the sensory presence of light and contemplate the luminous essence of their own beings. 

Refractions is a new series of work by Jasmine Grace which uses light and dichroic effects to investigate atmosphere, affect and embodied experience.

One of the feature immersive works within this series is ‘Beaming’ which has been supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants (2021). 

Each of the fluctuating refractions throughout the space are metaphorical representations of the light we carry within, and it’s mesmerising ability to project unique multicoloured arrays of light across surrounding landscapes.