December ExhibitIons

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FRONT GALLERY: Matt Gorgula (SA/NSW) - The state of being natural

Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 6th December

Artist Talks - 6:00pm

Running - 7th - 23rd December 2017

Art on art is art on art therefore for art as art to be must art be art at all.

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I present the following statement as an IF statement based on the structural logic of art in relation to all instances of art within a logically contingent stasis of phenomenon. I present the notion that art through its evidential relationship to art as an a priori synthesis of the imagination that art and its position as (a) phenomena remains an indeterminate principle based on the condition of the if statement.


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BACK GALLERY: Gemma Weston (wa) -Desktop publisher

Opening - 5:30 PM - Wednesday, 6th December

Artist Talks - 6:00pm

Running - 7th - 23rd December 2017

Desktop publisher is a poem written in clipart. It explores the deep truth of the cliché. It works through its emotions in the craft aisles of Spotlight. It leaves a cartoon flower with a sad face scribbled on A4 copy paper on a co-worker’s keyboard. Under the flower it says: ‘I’m sorry’ and it says ‘I’m fine’. It read your diary but only by accident, it just fell open on that page. It is desperate to tell you but can’t find the words. It is some drawings and some writing and it is a shadow dance and a sleight of hand magic trick and an ICQ message written in code sent from the family computer, back when it was kept in the living room, in 1998. Uh oh.

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Gemma Weston is an artist based in Perth, Western Australia. She makes drawings and sculptures that meditate on, inhabit or perpetuate the behaviours and emotions of adolescence, among other things. Recent projects include the solo exhibition Beside Myself at Moana Project Space, Perth, WA, and the curated exhibitions Locale (2017, Heathcote Museum and Gallery, Perth WA), Bedshed, (2016, 7UP, Melbourne, VIC) and Major Tender (2016, CACSA, Adelaide SA), She is sometimes known as Gemma Watson and is also one third of Pet Projects, a collaboration that operated as a gallery space in Bayswater, WA from 2016 – 2017 and recently exhibited in looking at me through you at Campbelltown Art Centre, NSW. In adult life she is Curator of the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at the University of Western Australia and a published writer on contemporary Australian art. 


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FELTDARK: Elyas AlAvi (SA) - Naan

Screening from 8:00pm - Wednesday, 6th December

Running - 7th - 23rd December 2017

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

This work, Naan/Bread (2017), features footage taken between July 2016 and July 2017, the majority of which has been shot in Afghanistan where I was born, as well as Iran where I lived in exile for 15 years, and also Australia, my new home, and during visits to Kurdistan and the Arab Emirates. As I move from city to city, I documented myself and local people holding a piece of a local bread in front of the face. This gesture refers to the importance of Naan/bread as food, a staple of many cultures that takes many different forms around the world, sustenance for us all. In my mind, the main reason of all battles and wars is always over a piece of naan/bread. While for some people, their type of bread may be dry and cheap, saving them from hunger but for others, their type of bread, their sustenance, has been dipped in other’s blood. It also refers to the term “breadwinner” and in a country in war like Afghanistan where I come from, when the breadwinner of the family dies or is killed, the structure of the whole family will collapse and for many it never recovers. There are many breads. But we all need sustenance. In this, we are all the same.