Elise Bonato (SA) - Ćreature of the Elēgiac
Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 6th January
Artist Talks - 6:00pm
Running - 7th January 2016 - 23 January 2016
ćreature of the elēgiac presents an experimental art cinema lexicon for exploring the sublime and the metaphysical within contemporary art contexts. It reveals a shift in the visual language utilised by the artist in work rendering versions of the sublime catalysed by immersive video installation. Featuring durational performance interventions and sensorial encounters with isolated spaces, this exhibition incarnates an interconnection between the lived body and the metaphysical mind, and activates the liminal ‘other’ space that may exist between. It explores the potential to evoke within the viewer the sensation of encountering ‘unearthly beauty’ — where the sublime and aesthetic may distort to become otherworldly. ćreature of the elēgiac embodies a sculptural redefinition of the sublime and gestures towards new versions and canons of beauty for a contemporary art context.
A multidisciplinary visual artist from Adelaide, Elise Bonato is a practitioner of the visual-aural arcane. Her predominantly experimental and performance-based practice aims to create an oeuvre of elegiac beauty through a synthesis of moving image, installation, drawing and painting. Elise completed graduate studies in 2012, awarded with First Class Honours in Visual Arts at UniSA. In subsequent years, she has exhibited locally (covet., Arcane Beckoning) as well as internationally in the USA (VIDEO//YOGA, Open Door Discourse) at a number of artist-run galleries and art institutions. The work exhibited for ćreature of the elēgiac was created most recently while living and working in Brooklyn, New York, participating in a six-month residency with the NARS Foundation.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.