March EXHIBITIONS

OPening: 6th of March 5:30pm, artist talks at 6pm

7th - 23rd March 2019

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Front Gallery: Nat penney (sa) - simple actions / sensory satisfactions in the unrest

Seeking composure in the acceleration of the technological world, I must rely on my ability to receive the overwhelming influx of information and order it, to detect unexpected fits and simple satisfactions that vibrate amidst the complexity.

When being exposed to simple situations that see objects combined in harmonious configurations that don’t concede to the contexts that our past would place them in, our expectations are challenged about how things relate to one another and we are forced to restructure our understandings.

‘Simple actions/sensory satisfactions in the unrest’ employs discreet coincidences of ‘the fit’ and pleasing points of interconnectedness, by fabricating them into simplified physical entities, offering totems to hold onto, amusingly vibrating through a dynamic exchange of order and chaos.

Image: adjusting my position (still) (detail), 2019, chair parts, embroidery hoop, mini broom, net, 12V reversible gear head DC motor, dimensions variable

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back gallery: rebecca mcewan (sa) - 4000 stories

Over the last 10 000 years, human’s relationship with bees has dramatically altered. Once regarded with awe and reverence, the relationship has changed from one of symbiosis to that of exploitation. 

The ancient wisdom of human’s connection with bees underpins this work by exploring the visceral experience of the human/bee relationship and the significance of vibration in this connection. 

Engaging the chandelier as a recognised symbol of wealth, beauty and luxury, Rebecca McEwan has painstakingly gathered honey from beekeepers to fill glass vessels to build the chandelier. Each vessel representing 2-3 bee’s life time’s work, asking us to question the value we place on honey and the existence of bees in our delicate ecosystem. 

Supporting the work is the intoxicating soundscape of the human voice practicing Bhramari Pranayama (humming bee breath). The yogic breathing technique Bhramari Pranayama derives its name from Sanskrit for black Indian bee, Bhramari is a recognised technique for calming and clearing the mind. 

Soundscape created with the assistance of sound artist and composer Tristan Louth-Robins 

This work is generously supported by Helpmann Academy 

Image: Fragile nature, study for work, Photo credit -  Lee Walters

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feltdark: india kenning (sa) - pent up rage

FELTDARK
India Kenning (SA) 
Pent Up Rage

India Kenning has a multidisciplinary practice, creating hybrid forms of movement and sound, she works to accumulate energies and create a sense of presence. Drawing on personal and philosophical theories of the body, she examines it as a separate entity to the self. Navigating the body’s own modes and rhythms, while intervening within it’s unknown internal spaces. Pent Up Rage examines the subjection to surveillance through momentary riot. Picking apart the unsettling means to be surveyed and its disruptions to a linear cycle. The body- as an armour to protect the fragility of the soul- is attacked and violated, cutting up the flesh that protects it and allowing the core to lay limp.

 Nothing is pure, nothing is sacred, don’t think about it. 

Through the form of fragmented image and aggressive noise, I release an anger foreign to myself, spitting it out in dribs and drabs. Forcing the audience to survey the surveyed, I concentrate their energy inward, creating an intimate rhythm that flashes before them.