5th - 21st JUly 2018

 Image: Alice Blanch,  Yamano Seijaku (Mountain Silence) , 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Image: Alice Blanch, Yamano Seijaku (Mountain Silence), 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

Front gallery: A KINd of collective breathing - anna DUnnILL (vic)

Silk, wool, cotton, hair, ceramic, sea-glass, pearls. Exploring the poetics of thread and the re-weaving of religious ritual, A kind of collective breathing transforms beads and fibres into a queer language of prayer.

Plaited, twisted and knotted, the threads in this installation are lines inscribed by a delicate but irregular hand. They are woven through with beads, a word that descends from Middle English bede - ‘prayer’ - recalling the function of a rosary, each symbolising a section of the ritual.

This work draws on the well-documented link between textile, thread, and language. In pre-colonial Central America, records were kept using quipu, systems of knotted yarn. In English, text and textile share the same Greek root; both stories and fabrics are woven.

Here, the language held within thread speaks to a queer reclaiming and re-orienting of prayer and ritual objects. It is a language formed through the slow accumulation of material; the embodied and time-based processes of hand-making.

During the exhibition period, the installation will be activated with a performance that brings multiple bodies and voices together in a collective ritual.

These threads are a deconstructed embroidery, a cumulative altar-piece. A collection of bodies moving softly together, stirred by breath.

BACK GALLERY: Yamano Seijaku (Mountain Silence) - alice blanch (Sa)

Yamano Seijaku (Mountain Silence) is an experimental installation exhibition by Alice Blanch inspired by her recent artist residency in Japan. Alice brings the landscape into the gallery through immersive and sensory installation art works drawing on aspects of the unique Japanese culture, customs and natural environment. Through contemplation of the experience of being on the top of a mountain Alice transports the audience from the everyday into a sensitive space that requests mindfulness and quite contemplation.

Yamano Seijaku is Alice’s first exhibition expanding her art practice from the photographic image into multi media and installation.

FELTDARK: window - laura moore (nsw)

The woman by the window is a recurring portrayal of feminine identity in the arts, yet it is often overlooked. Her commonness creates a familiarity that allows her to go unnoticed and conceals her significance but it is her repetition that caught my attention and consideration.  

Presented in the traditionally feminine domain of the domestic interior, the window acts as a site of dichotomy and negotiation. The window is simultaneously a disguised barrier and a mode of connection between the public and the private, the domestic interior and the street, the familiar and the possible. It is a medium for seeing but also being seen, offering a sense of protection but also of vulnerability. 

In this work I have cast myself as the woman by the window to investigate what she means now. At first I thought of her as a woman waiting to be released. I now see her as a woman discovering herself and deciphering the relationship between her internal desires and external expectations. I have found that the woman by the window does not offer answers but she does ask very personal questions.