COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU

/ 温情の地:震災から10年の東北

Curated by Emily Wakeling

Presented by Metro Arts

This exhibition of contemporary Japanese art observes 10 years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese artists Lieko Shiga, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Masaharu Hasunuma, Kyun-chome, Masaharu Satō, Natsumi Satō and Haruka Komori, along with Japanese-Australian artists Chaco Katō and Mayu Kanamori, address and record the physical and social impacts of major loss on what could be described as ‘compassionate grounds’. This term is commonly heard in pandemic times when discussing exceptions for those suffering, but in this case is an artistic reference to the fraught relationship many disaster survivors have with their lost or unrecognisable lands and homes.

Join us for a curator’s tour of the exhibition Saturday 21 August. This will be followed by a free film screening in the Metro Arts Studios. Visit our website closer to the event for further information and to register.

 

DATES

Sat 31 Jul – Sat 21 Aug, 2021

Curator’s Tour + Film Screening:
3pm, Sat 21 Aug | FREE – Visit our website closer to the event to register

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two + Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Image credit: Calling (Japanese version) by Masaharu Satō, 2014. © Estate of Masaharu Satō. Courtesy of Mihoko Ogaki, imura gallery and KEN NAKAHASHI Gallery.

THE ARTISTS

Masahiro Hasunuma was born 1981 in Tokyo and completed graduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2010. In 2016 he received a Japanese government sponsored scholarship to continue his creative studies in Berlin. His work has been part of the 2015 Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the 2016 Setouchi Triennale. His drawings and watercolour landscapes are presented as both video and analogue animations via flip books (kinora). www.hasunuma-masahiro.com/

Chaco Katō was born in Japan and moved from Tokyo to Melbourne in the late 1990s. She studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and gained a Master of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998. In 2009 she founded the Slow Art Collective, a collaborative project seen in National Gallery of Victoria, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, and the Ian Potter Museum of Arts. As a solo artist, Katō has been an exhibiting artist-in-residence in Kochi AIR, as well as delivering projects in France and Singapore. www.chacokato.com/

Kyun-chome is a two-person art unit, including Eri Homma and Nabuchi, established in 2011. They work closely with communities to create art that will benefit both the artists and their subjects. They began making works together to artistically respond to the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis. One of their earliest projects was collaborating with Fukushima evacuees at their temporary housing outside the evacuation zone. www.kyunchome.com

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori have collaborated since 2012. Seo was born in Tokyo in 1988 and Komori in Shizuoka in 1989. Together they graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts and moved to Rikuzentaka in the Tōhoku region in 2012 to respond to the town’s decimation and post-tsunami recovery. Their film studio NOOK specialises in documentary films about the Tohoku region. They continue to take their film, photography, text and art works to small spaces across Japan. Seo & Komori were part of the 2020 Ebisu International Festival for Art & Alternate Visions (Yebizo). komori-seo.main.jp/

Masaharu Satō was born in 1973 in Oita and died in 2019 in Tokyo. Satō studied painting at Tokyo University of the Arts and sculpture at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany. He received the Special Award at the 12th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art in 2009. Solo exhibitions included Hara Museum of Contemporary Art (Tokyo). He was also shown in group exhibitions in France, China, Serbia and the US, and his final exhibition as a living artist was ‘Roppongi Crossing’ at the Mori Art Museum in 2019. 

Lieko Shiga was born in 1980 in Aichi prefecture and currently lives and works in Miyagi in the Tohoku region of Japan. She underwent art education at the Chelsea College of Art in London. In addition to her highly successful photobooks, in 2015 she was included in the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art and in 2020 she had a solo exhibition at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum. www.liekoshiga.com/

Motoyuki Shitamichi was born in 1979 in Okayama, and lives and works in Aichi. His work was recently seen as part of the Japan Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. His work has been exhibited since 2001 in Japan and since 2008 internationally. Exhibitions have included Gwangju Biennale in 2012 and 2018, Mori Art Museum’s ‘Roppongi Crossing’ series in 2013 and a solo exhibition on Setouchi art island in 2019, where now lives and works. m-shitamichi.com/

Mayu Kanamori was born 1963 in Tokyo and migrated to Sydney in 1981. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, photographer, poet and playwright. With a background in photographic and radio journalism, she is also founder of Nikkei Japan, a group devoted to researching and interpreting the history of Japanese diaspora in Australia. Kanamori has undergone several artist residencies including National Library of Australia, and had exhibitions across Australian academic, art and theatre institutions since 1996. https://mayu.com.au/

Emily Wakeling is a curator and art writer specialising in contemporary Japanese art. She has a Masters in Art History from the University of Queensland. After several years in Tokyo as a lecturer, editor and art writer, Emily was part of the curatorial team for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. She is currently Assistant Curator at Artspace Mackay.

Masahiro Hasunuma

Chaco Katō

Kyun-chome

Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori

Masaharu Satō

Lieko Shiga

Motoyuki Shitamichi

Poem by Mayu Kanamori

Curated by Emily Wakeling

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, plus support from Bus Projects and Metro Arts.

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MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

Presented by Metro Arts and Brisbane Festival

Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

In 1913 Marcel Duchamp created the work Bicycle Wheel, a work that changed the course of contemporary art by elevating ordinary objects to the status of art. 

In 2021, after 10 successful years and four million trips, the Brisbane CityCycle program is ending. In a fascinating new Metro Arts Commission, our retired CityCycles are reimagined by artists Ross Manning, Kinly Grey, Susan Hawkins, Aishla Manning and Sarah Poulgrain, in collaboration with young people through Traction.

The pieces will be shown across Metro Arts’ galleries with an additional large-scale outdoor temporary artwork in the surrounding area, as a reflection of both art history and the urgent issues of the need for environmental awareness and sustainability.

 

DATES

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Sep, 2021

OPENING EVENT
Sat 4 Sep, 4pm

VENUE

Metro Arts Gallery One, Gallery Two & Mollison Green at West Village.

TICKETS

FREE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

VISITING US 

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

CONVERSATIONS ON SHADOW ARCHITECTURE

CONVERSATIONS ON SHADOW ARCHITECTURE

CONVERSATIONS ON SHADOW ARCHITECTURE

Curated by Ineke Dane

Presented by Metro Arts

Explore new ways of understanding our physical environment and the potential for agency and empowerment within it.

Conversations on Shadow Architecture proposes an investigation of environments through the lens of Critical Spatial Practice – a theory that seeks to facilitate understanding the social, cultural and political potential and purpose of space and architecture.

Contributions from local and international multidisciplinary artists bring creativity and critical spatial practice into dialogue through this explorative exhibition.

 

DATES

Sat 2 – Sat 30 Oct, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two + Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Image credit: Everton Park; or the Weed Infestation by Five Mile Radius // Hunter Eccleston, 2019.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

HONOURS DEGREE 2021 EXHIBITION

HONOURS DEGREE 2021 EXHIBITION

HONOURS DEGREE 2021 EXHIBITION

Presented by University of Canberra in partnership with TAFE Queensland

Across 10 days, explore the work of graduating artists, as they bring the year to a colourful close.

As Education Partner of Metro Arts, TAFE Queensland in partnership with the University of Canberra present this series of exhibitions showcasing the next wave of emerging artists.

Featured artists include: Belle Kaese, Yuliana Kusumastuti, Carolyn McCosker, Claire Dennis and Sebastian Slater.

 

DATES

Thu 4 – Sun 14 Nov, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

Image: SYNTHETICS (touch please) by Cherry Logar, 2020. Photo by Louis Lim. 

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

soul-hole

soul-hole

SOUL-HOLE

Curated by Next Door ARI | Artwork by Zara Dudley

Presented by Next Door ARI and Metro Arts

The everyday and the sacred are united in this intimate exploration of spirituality and girlhood.

Through mediums of soft sculpture, video, collage, internet art and installation, Zara Dudley explores her personal journey of healing and recalibration of self.

Dudley endeavours to forge an interpersonal connection with her audience through interaction with a fabricated, metaphorical body; drawing upon the maxim “By healing ourselves, we heal each other. By healing each other, we heal ourselves.”

Dudley’s personal narratives are presented through the employment of found objects, unmonumental materials and a cyclical archive of supporting imagery and symbols. Intuitive composition of her installations allows Dudley to articulate aspects of spirituality that require tactility and tenderness. By creating a binary between the decrepit and beloved, she bestows the status of ‘ritualistic debris’ upon her idiosyncratic collection.

The experience of sexual, social and spiritual trauma is communicated through the construction of private rituals, ceremonies, sacraments and scripture; ultimately cultivating Dudley’s own private faith.

DATES

 Sat 20 – Sat 27 Nov, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

THE ARTISTS

Next Door ARI
The Nextdoor Artist Run Initiative exists to champion the experimental practices of early career contemporary artists. Founded in 2020 by five emerging Meanjin (Brisbane) based artists, we endeavour to be the ‘next door’ for aspiring artists, providing opportunities for artistic development and personal growth. With a current focus on Queensland artists, our aim is to generate new and authentic art experiences, by facilitating the creation, exhibition and discussion of contemporary art.

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

ARTIST BOARDRIDERS CLUB

ARTIST BOARDRIDERS CLUB

ARTIST BOARDRIDERS CLUB

By Artist Boardriders Club (ABC)

Presented by The Walls and Metro Arts

Step inside a world of vivid contemporary art by this motley crew of surfers and art-lovers.

Celebrating Coral Sea camaraderie and contemporary surfrider culture, this group exhibition by Artist Boardriders Club (ABC) is centred around inclusiveness, collaboration and ‘the stoke’.

Formed in the line-up at Snapper Rocks on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2018, ABC is a recreational and relational project associated with THE WALLS ART SPACE.

THE WALLS ART SPACE is located in Miami on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is a regional Artist Run Initiative that was founded in 2013. The space is run by artists to support artists to present work that is experimental and innovative through its offerings of exhibition and studio space, performance events, publications and discussions. THE WALLS’ mission is to connect people with current and experimental art on the Gold Coast. thewalls.org.au/

 

DATES

Sat 20 – Sat 27 Nov, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts, West End

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

AZADEH HAMZEII

AZADEH HAMZEII

AZADEH HAMZEII

Presented by Metro Arts and 4A: Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Azadeh Hamzeii presents new work commissioned by Metro Art in association with 4A: Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

With a focus on the dialogues between the individual and the universal, Azadeh Hamzeii mines her personal history and cultural background as an Iranian based in Meanjin (Brisbane).

Hamzeii draws from a range of subjects and materials including votive offerings, beeswax, fishing hooks, her father’s old film negatives, and Keffiyeh, to investigate the localised significance of objects and the potential to elevate their meaning, creating a broader human narrative.

 

DATES

Sat 4 – Sat 18 Dec, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts, West End

VISITING US

We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information. 

777-ELEVEN

777-ELEVEN

777-ELEVEN

Presented by Metro Arts 

Joaquin Gonzales presents 777-Eleven, a Catholicised convenience store selling all the Catholic necessities nobody asked for. Open 24/7 for your convenience.

This solo site-specific installation transforms Metro Arts’ window gallery and surroundings to a Catholicised convenience store composed of a series of sculptural artworks.

Gonzales explores the theme of religious doubt and uses humour as a tool to playfully criticise outdated Catholic traditions and objects.

 

DATES

Sat 4 Dec, 2021 – Jan, 2022

VENUE

Window Gallery 
Metro Arts, West End

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We take the safety of our patrons, staff and artists seriously. Metro Arts is operating in line with current Queensland Government guidelines and the Stage QLD COVIDSafe Industry Plan. If you are unwell, please refrain from attending events at Metro Arts. Maintaining physical distancing requirements is expected and is the individuals responsibility. Click here for more information.