c3 March 2019 Exhibition
'Empty Your Bag Everyday'
This exhibition takes its title from a chapter of Marie Kondo’s, ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. Referencing the artist’s mother, the artwork explores vulnerability and routine amidst contemporary approaches to self improvement. The work aims to capture a cross section of female performativity, matrilineal exchange and everyday life.
Ingmar Apinis, Nick Mullaly, Justin Davies
Significant (Others) brings together three Melbourne-based artists to explore ideas around physical and metaphysical connection. In response to this theme, Ingmar Apinis, Nick Mullaly, Justin Davies have developed new works that explore how humans connect through ceremonies and rituals, intimate confessions and within the void of cyberspace.
'Shanghai Communiqué' refers to a diplomatic document between China and the US from the 1970s. The text contains a provision described as ‘constructive ambiguity’, in which the US presented two opposing ideas in a single statement. The notions of contradiction and ambiguity are central to Ciavarella’s work. This exhibition of paintings continues the artist’s interest in how we collectively or culturally read images, how they generate or negate meanings, and how they distort and manipulate reality.
'Bombing, Floating And Squealing'
Growing up in Queensland, the pool was pretty much a backyard staple. Many days were spent pruny and chlorine-soaked, bombing, floating and squealing. Whether it was in a friend's backyard, or a heavily chlorinated overcrowded public pool, a giddy sense of fun and freedom seemed to rule supreme. Even now, during a Melbourne summer, hanging on the edge of that refreshing blue wobbly rectangle eating a Frosty Fruit, I get small rushes of that same feeling. It may not be filled with quite as much squealing and laughter, but it's still there.
The world is in an increasing state of hyper-anxiety caused by powerful and seemingly intangible political and natural forces. This has caused a state of alienation where often people attempt to fabricate new identities, forge new lives and attempt to live ‘off-the-grid’. Veillance employs sur/sousveillance methodologies to un-write the growing number of guidebooks and websites on the art of disappearing. The project employs tactics, used by both the vanished and investigators, to establish a dossier on the mechanics of evaporation via photography, video, sound, collected artifacts, text and commissioned production in both Japan and Australia.
'Falling' is part of an ongoing series of video works that take a few seconds from a film and expand this temporally and spatially. While cinema is evoked, stillness is used to halt the ordinary flow of narrative. The work’s deadpan style, combined with the multi-channel expansion of the scene, further inhibits narrative. Instead, the camera lingers on the body as an object in space, positioning the video somewhere between performance documentation and cinema.