4th of September, 5:30 - 8pm
ARTIST TALKS from 6pm
FELTdark screening from 7pm
5th - 21st September 2019
FRONT GALLERY: Aida Azin, Alycia Bennett, Ellese McLindin, Emmaline Zanelli, Kathryn Evans, Karlien van Rooyen and Olivia De Zilva (SA) - eight fingers crossed
Eight Fingers Crossed is a gathering of works made collectively by Aida Azin, Alycia Bennett, Ellese McLindin, Emmaline Zanelli, Kathryn Evans, Karlien van Rooyen and Olivia De Zilva. No work is made by one artist alone. A range of mediums and hands have been layered in works that are a direct response to the social space of group studio time. A thick flower garden, painted and etched stoneware vessels, houses, a roast turkey and iced birthday cake, a rainbow rocking chair. Although no longer existing in the active and social environments where the group experimented together in a room, the techniques and subjects within the artworks stem from notions of support and celebration. We used this project to investigate the role of cultivating sensitivity and responsiveness to other artists’ ideas, needs and methods throughout the making process in building strong, empathetic networks and feedback loops amongst emerging artists.
This project is assisted by the Government of South Australia through Carclew.
back GALLERY: caroline phillips (vic) - totem and taboo
Totem & Taboo makes connections between thought, feeling and the material. Freud’s iconic text of the same name, written in 1918, explores the primacy of instinct, sexuality and spirituality to the organization of society, through an anthropological study of the rituals and beliefs of certain Indigenous groups, including Indigenous Australians. It links social and political organizational paradigms to innate psychological structures of his formation of the Oedipal complex, and aligns the ‘dark continent’ of the category woman, to ‘the primitive’. Whilst Freud’s ideas construct a racialized and hierarchical view that has been widely discredited, evidence of the dominance of such a patriarchal world view remains, over 100 years later.
What would it look like if the world rejected a masculinized power structure as a useful framework? How would we do that? What other forces would, then, be uncovered? Drawing on the artist’s continuing explorations of the object as a feminist strategy, Totem & Taboo explores an imaginary world of people and things, conjoined in a sense of community, strength and agency. Images and objects of encounter provide moments of ritual, protection, kinship, balance and transformation.
Feltdark: Nadine Phillipe-Janon (TAS) - surface tensions
Every wet season like clockwork, a daily downpour of rain attempts to reclaim the vast lake Texcoco that once expanded over Mexico City before it was drained dry by the invading Spanish. A small tangle of canals on the outskirts of the city represents the last vestiges of the pre-Hispanic canal system, and is also the last remaining home of an unusual amphibian. The Axolotl is a salamander that has been the focus of endless scientific studies due to their unique abilities, particularly their remarkable power of regeneration, they have also frequently appeared in the arts, literature and pop culture, have stood in as a metaphor for Mexican identity and a symbol of conservation. Though many have observed their inert bodies and pulsing gills in homes and pet stores across the world, the Axolotl is almost extinct in the wild. This "wild" home that was once fed by natural springs, is now entirely fed by treated sewerage water, and is filled with introduced prey species and heavy metals. Contrasting footage of the Xochimilco canal system with scenes from a local aquarium, Surface Tensionsquestions what is “wilderness”, and playfully explores the interconnections and paradoxes that exist between humans, our surrounding environments, and the non-human beings we share them with.
Created during a residency in Mexico City, supported by the Arts Tasmania Claudio Alcorso Grant.