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DEVILS IVY

DEVILS IVY

DEVIL’S IVY

Curated by Sarah Thomson

Presented by Metro Arts

Devil’s Ivy interrogates plants as material in domestic and urban environments.

Within the social context of the pandemic, which created an increased collective focus on the home and garden as an expression of identity, this exhibition looks at our desire to feel kinship with the natural world.

Artists in the exhibition address how plants are owned, displayed, cultivated, and related to by contemporary culture. They examine our personal relationships with plants and how these pursuits serve aesthetic and symbolic functions beyond their ecological value. This includes the use of plants as artistic material, their objectification and commercialisation, their use as an experiential encounter with ‘nature’, and their cultivation as a form of cultural resilience.

 

Please note: Unfortunately due to water damage from the recent weather event, Gallery One is closed. Gallery Two will be open until May 27, and we encourage you to see some of this great exhibition before it closes.

Please note: Unfortunately due to water damage from the recent weather event, Gallery One is closed.

Gallery Two will be open until May 27, and we encourage you to see some of this great exhibition before it closes. 

DATES

Sat 7 May – Fri 27 May

Opening event: Saturday 7 May, 4-6pm

VENUE

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

Featured artists: Jordan Azcune, Christopher Bassi, Merinda Davies, Jo Grant, Sophie Penkethman-Young, and Kai Wasikowski.

Image Credit: Installation view, Woolworths Orchid, Sophie Penkethman-Young, 2019. Airspace Projects Sydney. Photo by Zan Wimberley. 

THE ARTISTS

Jordan Azcune is a contemporary artist who explores spiritual representations in patterns of abstraction. Azcune uses beeswax and pigment to create multi-layered and non-rectangular works that draw from specific interests in Sogetsu Ikebana and Christian Imagery. In the studio, Azcune continues to investigate the process of casting beeswax and the transformation of the material in reaction to temperature and liquids. These signature works of his practice have been exhibited across Australia in exhibitions and prizes. He has completed residencies in Miami (USA), Gold Coast (AUS) and has recently been awarded the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artist Fellowship to conduct research across India. Azcune is represented by N.Smith Gallery, Sydney

Christopher Bassi is an artist of Meriam, Yupungathi and British descent. Working with archetypal models of representational painting, his work engages with the medium as sociological and historical text and as a means to address issues surrounding cultural identity, alternative genealogies, and colonial legacies in Australia and the South Pacific. Through critical re-imagining, his paintings become a space for a type of speculative storytelling that considers questions of history and place and the entangling of personal and collective experience. Bassi graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He has participated in numerous exhibitions across Queensland, Australia, and was recently a finalist in the Churchie Emerging Art Prize 2021, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia. His work is held in a number of institutional collections in Australia including: The Museum of Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Moreton Bay Regional Galleries, and Griffith University Art Museum.

Merinda Davies is an artist using performance, installation, sound and conversation to ask how we might reorient ourselves towards deeper care and intimacy. Her work is inspired by the environment, human and more-than-human social and ecological structures and the possibilities available to us in future imaginings. She grew up in Bundjalung Country, Northern NSW, and is currently living and creating on the land of the Yugambeh language group, in SE QLD. Merinda has most recently exhibited at galleries and festivals; The Walls Artspace, Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, HOTA Underground Festival, Outer Space and Placemakers* GC. She is currently working on
living, growing project ‘Conversations with the Forest’ with the City of Gold Coast and Situate Art in Festivals.

Jo Grant completed a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at RMIT in 1993 and holds a Master of Visual Art from Griffith University, Queensland (2004). Her practice as an artist began with photography and her work has been exhibited widely in galleries and institutions across Australia. Her photographic work is represented in collections such as State Library Victoria, Griffith University and Art Bank. She is represented by M.33 in Melbourne and in 2012 published a photographic monograph titled, All Prize Winners Paraded. In the last few years she has transitioned to other mediums, working project to project, juggling an artistic practice and her role at Regional Arts Victoria as the Manager of the South West region. Jo lives on the Victorian coast in the small town of Port Fairy. 

Sophie Penkethman-Young is an artist and digital producer living on unceded Gadigal Land. Sophie is interested in if experiences can be translated digitally, how humanness could be described and uploaded to the cloud? Sophie currently works as a Producer in Digital Programming for the Sydney Opera House. She has Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University, with Honours from the University of Sydney. She recently completed a Master of Art Curating at the University of Sydney focusing on digital museum culture and internet-based practice. Sophie held the 2019-2020 board position of Digital Manager of Runway Journal. Sophie is a curator and digital producer on Collective: Trace, Ghost and Frenzy where she collaborated with fourteen artists to create time specific digital exhibitions for PAcT, Firstdraft, Art Month and Outerspace ARI. Sophie has had solo exhibitions at Airspace Projects (2019), Sydney, Seventh Gallery (2019), Melbourne and Verge Gallery (2021), Sydney.

Kai Wasikowski is an Australian multi-disciplinary artist. As a child of photographers/environmentalists, his practice is primarily concerned with the experience of growing up with a reverence for the natural environment, while living adjacent to ecological degradation and rapid technological development. With Australian settler and Polish heritage, Wasikowski uses image-making to better understand his own positionality in relation to the impacts of colonialism and late-capitalism, and the inseparability of environmental justice from their ongoing effects. Wasikowski’s projects have engaged with western traditions of landscape/nature photography, with a particular interest in the instrumentality of the camera—how it and various optical technologies prescribe ways of seeing whilst simultaneously constructing an unseen. Employing visual devices of trompe-l’oei, various imaging technologies and 3D techniques, Wasikowski is interested in revealing the camera, his hand, and the spectators own presence in the act of viewing.

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 7 May  4pm-7pm
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 10 May  8:30am – 5pm
Wed 11 May  8:30am – 5pm
Thu 12 May  8:30am – 5pm
Fri 13 May  8:30am – 5pm
Sat 14 May  9am – 5pm 
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 17 May  8:30am – 5pm
Wed 18  8:30am – 9pm  
Thu 19 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Fri 20 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Sat 21 May 9am – 9pm
Sunday and Monday  CLOSED
Tue 24 May  8:30am – 5pm 
Wed 25 May  8:30am – 9pm 
Thu 26 May  8:30am – 9pm  
Fri 27 May  8:30am – 9pm 
 

 

VISITING US

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

#FLOWERS_v3

#FLOWERS_v3

#FLOWERS_v3

By Daniel Sherington

Presented by Metro Arts

This exhibition is part of an ongoing project that considers the implications of art existing as
commodity.

Taking cues from traditional Dutch still life painting and ‘Tulip Mania’, #FLOWERS is a program that gathers images of flowers taken from Instagram and algorithmically collages them over hand-drawn still life imagery. These images are printed in the gallery space every 28 seconds, referencing the average viewing time of an artwork in a museum context; yet also creating a supply of work that meets no actual demand.

Exhibition-goers are welcomed to take and collect these still life images with them, creating a moment of transaction and dispersing these images more widely into the community.

DATES

Sat 11 Jun – Sat 2 Jul

Sat 11 Jun, 4 – 6pm | Opening Event

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

Image Credit: #FLOWERS_v3, by Daniel Sherington, 2021. Image courtesy of artist.

THE ARTIST

Daniel Sherington is a Meanjin/Brisbane based artist whose work seeks to appropriate and redraw, ideas and imagery from the past as a means of understanding their value and contemporary connotations. He predominantly utilises drawing as a medium from which he can make these observations. Alongside drawing, Sherington often employs digital processes of making to engage and facilitate interdisciplinary outcomes for his work.

VISITING US

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

RITUAL CENG BENG

RITUAL CENG BENG

RITUAL CENG BENG, PHOENIX RISES FROM THE ASHES

By Jayanto Tan

Presented by Metro Arts

This exhibition is part of an ongoing project that considers the implications of art existing as
commodity.

This unique site-specific installation questions identity, migration, society, superstition, familial narratives and solidarity. Through mundane materials, the work is rendered as a moving ‘still-life of soul food.’ It is an offering from culture past to the present, from trauma to healing, to a diverse future of togetherness in our multicultural Australia.

In Ritual Ceng Beng, Jayanto draws inspiration from a family tradition experienced in everyday life – the ritual of offering food made by his mother. As an immigrant artist, his practise blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. Navigating personal racial attacks, gender identity, migration and familial narratives, this installation expands on that everyday ritual of eating and sharing food, creating a place of spiritual gathering that metaphorically and theatrically represents a temple of love.

The meals/artwork serve as a reminder of good times spent with family and friends, and an invitation for people to gather to celebrate love and togetherness.

DATES

Sat 11 Jun – Sat 2 Jul

Sat 11 Jun, 4 – 6pm | Opening Event

VENUE

Gallery One, Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

Image Credit: Ritual Ceng Beng, Phoenix Rises from the Ashes, Jayanto Tan, 2021. Image By Greg Piper.

THE ARTIST

Jayanto Tan was born in a small village in North Sumatra from Sumatran Christian mother and Guandong Taoism Father, and now lives on Gadigal Wangal Country in Sydney’s Inner West. As an immigrant artist, his practice blends Eastern and Western mythologies with the reality of current events. Jayanto’s work has been shown at 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Verge Gallery, Firstdraft, Australia-China Institute for Arts, the 66th Blake Prize, the Churchie Emerging Art Prize and the Fisher’s Ghosts Art Award. He won the 2021 Georges River Sculpture Prize. Currently he is preparing shows for Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Art Atrium Gallery Sydney and Atrium Space Incinerator Gallery Melbourne. Jayanto holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters of Fine Arts from National Art School. He has been awarded grants from City of Sydney, Inner West Council, Diversity Arts Australia and NAVA.

VISITING US

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