c3 August Exhibition
Drawing from the built environment, 'Vera Pelle' plays with the distinction between architectural surfaces and the volumes they encase. This exhibition meditates on materials through transparency, light, solidity and softness. The flat plane traditionally provides a place for abstraction beyond the artwork’s materiality. Representation sits on the surface of things, while objects themselves can be experienced in their tactile immediacy. Bouncing between these artistic conventions, the implied honesty of the material against the cultural content it may project beyond its physicality is central to Brigit Ryan’s practice. The work blurs the lines between flatness and 'objectness', materiality and cultural content, and modes of viewing of artwork.
A series of new paintings, drawings and ceramics that take inspiration from everyday activities or events that might be seen as sad or matter of fact in real life, but when translated onto artworks become somehow amusing or f*r*i*e*n*d*l*y.
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
Kari McInneny McRae and Tessy King
This exhibition investigates the potential of the ‘viewing zone’ in relation to the ceramic object. Vessels and sculptural objects are combined on the floor and walls of the gallery in a manner, which encourages the viewing of these works from particular locations. The artworks have become theatrical in their presence on the ‘stage’ and their role as performers in the spotlight. An area for viewing is loosely defined and can act as an intermediate space from which multiple perspectives for observing the works can be established.
'Form and Face'
Elise Sheehan and Martha Poggoli
Taking the literal meaning of the two verbs ‘form’ and ‘face’ in combination with each of the artists' technical comprehension – the words act as a catalyst for both Martha and Elise to generate new ideas, while providing a framework or set of parameters to guide the production of objects. This exhibition is the culmination of the two artists’ solitary and collaborative investigations into the limitlessness of their mediums, and results in an expanse of finished objects, forced into existence through the lens of these two words: 'form', and 'face'.
Through her work, Alexandra projects a cultural discursiveness that provokes responses to reality. Her work encompasses an ontological process that focuses on ambitions towards the poetic, through the themes of loss and longing, contemporary existentialism and the nature of being – responding to questions and ideas through the mediums of drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation.
'Material Exchange – Fall Line'
Kate Hill and Isadora Vaughan
For 'Fall Line' Kate Hill and Isadora Vaughan will respond to the idea of mentoring, learning and guidance. Working from a site on the grounds of the Convent, the artists will explore what it could be to learn from the landscape: from exchanging their various skills and seeking assistance from masters or plumbing the depths of YouTube, to extract, to fire, to manipulate, and to return clay to the ground, via the gallery. Training their thoughts on the passage of time and purposes for materials like clay, the artists aim to gain insight into the transitions and restrictions alive in the material, the politics of mining or extracting from the ground and how to learn from one another through this action.
This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the City of Yarra through the Annual Grants program, and the Abbotsford Convent Foundation.
Facilitated by Meredith Turnbull and c3 Projects
'Material Exchange' explores an expanded notion of mentorship, examining how influences and ideas flow in a reciprocal manner between artists. These relations flow up and across, rather than simply via the conventional path of mentor to mentee. Facilitated by Meredith Turnbull with c3 Projects, presented as three discrete exhibitions between August and November, the project draws out and further expands on the points of convergence and departure evident in the practices of the participating artists, including: political and material approaches to making; conceptual and thematic research as both the material of and impetus for the creation of artworks; an engagement with concepts such as environment through matter, place and ecologies; and a critique and examination of systems from within social relations, art history and politics.
'Material Exchange' is funded by Creative Victoria and Yarra City Council.
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