c3 September Exhibition
Galleries 1 – 4
Gardening is Not a Rational Act
Tai Snaith, Eleanor Butt, Kent Wilson, David Rosetzky, Kate Daw, Kate Ellis, Eugene Howard, Chako Kato, Sean Meilak and Alice Wormald – Curated by Tai Snaith
Gardens have always been a place of philosophical contemplation and creative thought: from the famous gardens of Athenian philosopher Epicurus in 306 BC, to the Garden of Earthly Delights painted by the early Netherlandish master Hieronymus Bosch. The process of gardening shares many parallels with the process of art making; process through trial and error, consideration of colour, texture and composition and the creation of a complete, shared environment. The garden is also literally a site of digging up history, highlighting politics of place and activity ‘on country’, both Indigenous and introduced. To mark the start of spring in the Abbotsford Convent’s heritage gardens, 10 contemporary Melbourne artists who share a love of growing things will take over four gallery spaces. Together, their works will explore the act, aesthetics, and the outcomes of planning, nurturing, documenting and reaping what they sow. "Gardening is not a rational act," the writer Margaret Atwood wrote. "What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth, that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant. In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
Galleries 5 and 6
Material Exchange – SHE TURNS
Rebecca Thomas and Meredith Turnbull
What shall we turn into and how and what shall we become? What do we turn towards and turn away from? Through physical and conceptual processes of layering, this project examines transformation as a mode through which to accumulate experience and meaning. Sharing material research through making and through reading monographs, catalogues, technical, theoretical, political and mystical texts, the artists explore how these practices inform the production of artworks across decorative sculptural formations.
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 a part of c3 Contemporary Art Space's larger 2017 Professional Development and Mentorship program. This program includes more than 12 projects and 25 artists.
'Material Exchange' is funded by Creative Victoria and Yarra City Council.
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