c3 May 2019 Exhibition
Through the combined use of industrial, natural and construction materials, Jemima Lucas de-bunks the nature of support structures by restraining the functionality of objects. Industrial hooks suspended in an impenetrable block of resin, a spreader bar hoisted after the moments of impact, chains set in ice, ominously awaiting the ravishes of gravity. These materials align with concepts of restraint, lost autonomy and time suspended, whilst the simultaneous presence of dripping water indicates a movement of time and decay. Conceptually, these displays can be related the experience of one's own body.
In late 2017, five large geometric shapes were worn across multiple locations. There was no warning of the performances and each of these locations had a different type of audience: passers-by, participants and artists. These performances interrogated the relationship between the body and architectural space with the insertion of an art object into the public arena. The artist investigated the aesthetic and spatial qualities of bureaucratic and un-designed spaces as well as the visual ‘activation’ of transitional or service areas within institutional buildings. With the performances complete, the work now shifts mode. What Happened? investigates the differences between the value of the artwork as original, as documentation, interpretation or re-making and re-presenting.
Yusi Zang is a Beijing born multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Melbourne. Connecting the poetics of her inner thoughts with the realism of banal objects, Zang’s work overthrows our sense of the familiar. She reconciles the concepts of boredom and the sublime, and revolts against the commonplaces of existence. Zang looks at life through absolute close-ups. A peaceful environment can only be looked at from a distance, but once one looks closely and intensely, everything changes. Zang’s work explores the world hidden underneath. The pictorial and material uncertainty of the things depicted injects a metaphysical unease into each scene.
'FW19 – Maybe the grass looks greener on the other side because it's fake'
James Little is interested in ecology and the oscillation between authenticity and surrogate behaviours, functions and experiences. This exhibition is the latest iteration of ongoing research into whether three-dimensional space and its two-dimensional simulation still has any relevance in today's digital age. This show is a series of landscapes inspired by Tarra-Bulga National Park, Victoria.
'Truth And Paradise'
Jessica Curry and Lucie McIntosh
The concept of paradise creates in our consciousness a moment of immateriality. It conjures visions of an idyllic landscape, a place of extreme happiness, beauty, luxury and fulfilment. Paradise (in a biblical sense) is also the seat of desire — the origin of the seductive tug at the back of ones’ mind for more. It is unsurprising that this idyllic landscape is used within consumer culture as a visual cue for immaterial engagement, a driver for desire. The so–called ‘truth’ always falls short of our fantasised vision (our paradise). For Truth and Paradise the artists utilise their shared engagement with landscape and representation as a springboard to explore the complexities of idealism and the role that seduction and beauty plays in the construction of our everyday lives.
'The Room Is'
Stephanie Hosler, Daniel Ward, Erin Hallyburton and Ruben Stoney
The Room Is toys with the porous and shifting relationships between bodies, objects and spaces. Through inscription, acoustics, performance and sculpture, artists Daniel Ward, Erin Hallyburton, Ruben Stoney and Stephanie Hosler cultivate a body of work that investigates how the remnants of sound, air and movement affect and define the space around them. With diverse practices anchored by a focus on the body, the artists have attempted to expose the viscera of a chamber of space; the absorption and expulsion of forces visible and invisible. The work will remain in flux, developing over the course of the exhibition with regular performances by Daniel Ward and Stephanie Hosler.