curated by consuelo cavaniglia 03.03.2015 – 27.03.2015

chromatic syncopation

With:

Rebecca Baumann, Ross Manning and Reko Rennie

Whirring of fans, rotation of mechanised signs, repetition of patterns – the work of Rebecca Baumann, Ross Manning and Reko Rennie shares an attitude towards mechanisation and the processes of reproduction. Their works prioritise colour and make distinctive use of it in considerations on the state of contemporary life. This exhibition brings together their works for the first time to explore points of connection and departure in a series of installation and wall-based works.

biographies

REKO RENNIE (VIC)

Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary mediums. Rennie’s art incorporates his association to the Kamilaroi people, using traditional geometric patterning that represents his community. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments.

REBECCA BAUMANN (WA)

Rebecca Baumann is an interdisciplinary artist working predominantly in kinetic sculpture and installation. Through a formal and conceptual exploration of materials, Baumann’s recent works have critically interrogated ideas of colour, happiness, and emotion. Often kinetic and ephemeral in nature, her works seek to affect the audience through their experiential, momentary and emotive qualities.

ROSS MANNING (QLD)

Ross Manning is an interdisciplinary artist working with installation, technology, kinetics and sound. Ross creates phenomenological works using old and new technology combined with common, ubiquitous objects from everyday life. Reinterpreted and disconnected from the objects’ intended use, these works operate in a semi-autonomous state of logic that investigates the materials themselves with an experimental agenda.

CONSUELO CAVANIGLIA (NSW)

Working across mediums Consuelo Cavaniglia develops installation and wall-based works that focus on how we look at and understand the spaces we inhabit. Her practice is flanked by independent curatorial projects often developed outside of traditional exhibition venues.

This exhibition has been supported through the Firstdraft Emerging Curators Program.

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siân mcintyre 04.02.2015 – 27.02.2015

circular settlements

Circular Settlements represents the output of a three year research project spanning across Australia and Scotland.

An installation incorporating sound, turf, video and print, Circular Settlements reflects on dislocation and loss. In each medium a range of actions typically associated with the claiming of cultures or sites is repeated. These actions are attempts to access a connection to place by referencing colonial land clearing, cultural appropriation and performance. The result is a collection of surreal and at times humorous attempts to claim place and culture, creating an awkward space of displacement and vulnerability.

(Title Circular Settlements is borrowed from Isobel Parker Phillip’s review of Exile’s Lament for The Art Life)

 

biography

Siân McIntyre is a Sydney based artist and curator and a current Masters candidate and APA recipient at UNSW Art and Design. In 2013 she undertook a practicum exchange placement at Glasgow School of Arts and completed a residency in Olofström Sweden. Siân has exhibited in Sydney, New York, Glasgow, San Francisco, Sweden and is currently working on a creative project in Darwin. Her practice is influenced by intermittent work at Papunya Tjupi Arts, NT as a casual art consultant over the past 7 years. Siân was one of four founding Directors of The Paper Mill and is currently the curator/manager at Verge Gallery Sydney.

alex pye 04.02.2015 – 27.02.2015

cumnock: the musical!

Times are tough in Cumnock.

Unemployment is high, the cafe’s closed up, you can’t drink the tap water, there was no rugby team this year and the population is in flux. From December onwards the heat causes the oldies to drop like flies, and the youngsters either try and find some farm work or leave for the mines. It’s quiet enough out here so you either make your own fun or bloody die of boredom.

For this exhibition I am using sculpture, found object and video to reflect the social issues that I have experienced from living in a rural backwater for three years.

 

biography

Alex lives alone in a farming village in regional NSW where she bases her studio practice from the shed in her backyard. Since relocating to the bush she has enjoyed drinking rum and coke and shooting her father’s guns. Basing her work in performance, video, sculpture and found objects, she is a current MFA candidate at Sydney College of the arts and is a self described ‘Sick cunt’.

laura moore 04.02.2015 – 27.02.2015

framed

‘Framed’ examines the nature of photography itself, experimenting with the capacity of the photographic portrait to represent complex meanings about identity.

I built glass cubicles in varying sizes then asked artists to become subjects themselves. Presenting the glass cubicle as the physical incarnation of the final image, I asked the subjects to pose nude inside the cubicle. The constructed space of the glass cubicles represented what the final image would be while exposing the normally hidden exploitative element in the relationship between artist and subject. The final image is the life-size print of that constructed space, holding and confining the exposed subject. Through printing the portraits life-size, the viewer is confronted with a life-size body easily relatable and comparable to their own. Exaggerating the constructed and exploitative capacity of the photographic portrait, this work asks us to recognise the voyeuristic desires and scrutinizing gaze that the photographic portrait invites.

 

biography

Laura Moore is an emerging artist based is Sydney. A recent graduate of Sydney College of the Arts, her work examines the nature of photography itself, experimenting with the capacity of the photographic portrait to represent complex meanings about identity and human relationships. Often inspired and informed by her everyday life, observations and memory, Moore’s work actively inviting speculation and projection.

christopher handran artist talks 26.02.2015

aqueous humour

The exhibition Aqueous Humour engages with the experiential logics of immersion, sensation and spectacle, to create a playfully contemplative space.

The works in the exhibition continue an exploration of the mediation of lived experience, and the losses and gains that are incurred in this process of translation.

The exhibition features video works centred around ideas of immersion, submersion and quotidian experience, presented via viewing devices constructed using everyday materials and a diy methodology. These devices relate to both contemporary and historical technologies of vision, including 3D cinema, virtual reality, scientific devices and ‘philosophical toys’ such as the kaleidoscope, the zoetrope and anamorphic mirrors. The works both subvert and are informed by the intertwined histories of art, cinema, and the sciences of illusion and perception.

These technologies are foregrounded in the work, both as objects and as mediators and generators of experience. This involves constructing devices and modifications that literally intervene in the workings of these media, dividing the spectator’s attention between the object and its operations.  By foregrounding the mediating apparatus in the spectator’s experience, the works seek to create a spectacle that playfully subverts its own spectacular nature.

 

biography

Christopher Handran has exhibited widely nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Blindside (Melbourne), Feltspace (Adelaide), SkulpturenMuseum Glaskasten Marl (Germany) and The Block (Brisbane). In 2007 he was awarded the Australia Council London Studio, and in 2015 will undertake a residency at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles.

 

Image credit: Zan Wimberley

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