June ExhibitIons

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FRONT GALLERY: Christina Peek (sa) - Since the invention of the kiss....

Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 7th June

Artist Talks - 6:00pm

Running - 8th June - 24th June 2017

As romance continues to be a driving cultural narrative in contemporary life, I am constantly interested in the ways we manifest our tentative ideas of romantic love through sincere yet futile actions.

In many ways, I feel we form these initial ideas from the romantic media we consume. Although some of us may never have picked up a Mills and Boon novel or watched Titanic, we understand the formats of these romantic plots.

By removing the figures from iconic cinematic kiss scenes, I aim to create a space in which the audience may consider the sort of romantic relationships these films depict, and offer an opportunity to reimagine these narratives. The makeshift sets endeavor to highlight that real romance is, perhaps, found in the every day; perhaps romance doesn’t require the perfect setting and a pottery wheel.

As delightful as they are potentially damaging, romantic stories often enforce the idea that romantic relationships are an imperative part of human existence. One sometimes has to pinch themselves to remember there are other fulfilling life narratives. These installations aim to highlight this. As each set calls out to be activated the viewer is reminded that romance is not designed for one person, but for two.

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BACK GALLERY: Jake Holmes (SA) - It’s Complicated

Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 7th June

Artist Talks - 6:00pm

Running - 8th June - 24th June 2017

We live in a world where complicated issues are increasingly presented as binary ideas, where one has only 140 characters to explore tricky, multifaceted issues. Through algorithms of "likes" we are put into echo chambers that re enforce our perspectives more and more.

It’s Complicated is an interactive installation by Adelaide based artist Jake Holmes, which investigates this idea in a physical space through the use of decoding glasses. The viewer must make a choice that will decide which half of the work they see. Opposing works are presented within the same space simultaneously, interacting and overlapping to build the whole, however viewers' experience only half of the works, They experience a space that is at odds with one another. When the glasses are removed the full work is revealed.

FELTdark: Michael Schaefer(SA) - Primary

Screening from 8:00pm - Wednesday, 7th June

Running - 8th June - 24th June 2017

FELTdark is viewable: Wed - Thur: 6pm - 12am, Fri: 7pm - 12am, Sat: 6pm - 12am

My work involves the exploration of endurance and its wider themes through performance and the subsequent video documentation of a repeated inconsequential or everyday action. Its focus is on duration, repetition, my personal dimension or physicality, and ultimately the absurdity of the repeated task standing as metaphor for our own extant circumstance.

The work ‘Primary,’ in performing and its ambition in witnessing, becomes a meditation on our own existential temporality. It is a Sisyphean critique where we are asked to place or recognise the meaning in the banality of the everyday. In the existential tradition it reminds that, within the tightest of boundary circumstances, we all have choice and the ability to make change.

It brings into question the nature of authenticity. How does one live in true faith with the weight of external pressures from a trend or fashion culture bound society? The performance taps into this enquiring ‘what is the face you display to the world’?  What were the decisions made that have got you to this point?

If, as in Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence, you were to repeat this moment this life for all of eternity, would you make a change.

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