PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

In 2021, Metro Arts presented the following exhibitions as part of our Artistic Program. 

NEW FOR OLD

12 DEC – 23 JAN | EXHIBITION
Bringing together work by Australian and international artists, New for Old reflects on the relationship between technology and memory.

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NIGHT DANCERS

14 OCT – 23 JAN | EXHIBITION
As day turns to night, the sunset sky lights up with pastel tones and golden rays, twinkles of light come to life and dance through the landscape.

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ADAPT

6 FEB – 18 MAR / EXHIBITION
Capturing a time of quarantines and lockdowns, ADAPT reflects on the collapse of the neat separations between work and home.

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A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

6 – 27 FEB / EXHIBITION
This work humorously tries to make sense of the absurdity of the everyday, taking cues from computer games and children’s entertainment.

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THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

6 – 21 MAR / EXHIBITION
Playing on the infamous laziness of cartoon character Garfield, this exhibition is interested in ideas around work ethic, productivity and aspiration.

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AT ARM’S LENGTH

6 – 21 MAR / EXHIBITION
At Arm’s Length explores the nature of virtual and physical collaboration in response to how their practices have changed during the pandemic.

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CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

25 – 28 MAR / EXHIBITION
Ctrl+Alt+Del: Shift continues a series of multidisciplinary group exhibitions formed to reboot and reclaim arts and cultural spaces in a white colonial settler landscape.

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FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

6 – 27 FEB / EXHIBITION
Flight Into The Unknown explores the connections between Western art history, imaging technologies and networked cultures.

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NEW FOR OLD

NEW FOR OLD

CURATED BY KYLE WEISE

Screens are part of our daily habits, yet their perpetual place in our consciousness is physically provisional, requiring constant updates, maintenance and replacement.  Bringing together work by Australian and international artists, New for Old uses the figure of an obsolete screen technology, the Cathode-ray tube (CRT)  television, to reflect on cycles of technological obsolescence, exhibition design, and the relationship between technology and memory.

The screen is at threshold of two worlds. We share space with its physical form, while being transported by its fleeting images. Across the exhibition is a recognition that screens, and their ongoing cycles of obsolescence and aesthetic transformation, are both a cultural and a material force, continuing to haunt successive media, their users and the planet.

Featuring work by Jeron Braxton, clunkk and Susan Hawkins, Stanton Cornish-Ward and Trent Crawford, Danny Jarratt, Yuehao Jiang, Daniel McKewen, Riar Rizaldi  and  Penelope Umbrico.

WHEN

12 – 19 December 2020
Mon – Fri 10am-4pm
Sat 10am-2pm

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5 – 9 January 2021
Tues – Sat 10am – 2:30pm

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11 – 23 January 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
Sat 10am-2pm

WHERE

Gallery One and Gallery Two
Metro Arts

PRICE

FREE

VISITING US

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THE ARTISTS

Jeron Braxton 

Jeron Braxton is a self-taught 3-D animator using surreal late-’90s video-game aesthetics to explore the Black experience in America. 

Stanton Cornish-Ward

Stanton Cornish-Ward is a self taught director and editor based in Melbourne. Traditionally trained in Fashion Design (Bachelor of Design (Fashion) (Honours) at RMIT University), her film work crosses the genres of fashion film, music video, video art and short film. Her work looks at the fallacy of memory, intergenerational trauma, and emerging technologies. She has been part of the official selections of film festivals in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Spain, Mexico, U.K, and U.S.A. She also works as one half of the creative duo ‘Hiball’ with Alexandra Kirwood, a production company that focuses on moving images for the digital world.

Trent Crawford

Trent Crawford is a Melbourne based artist working with photography, video, and installation. His work considers the effects images and image-based technology have on human perception and agency. In 2019 he exhibited works at Hobiennale (Hobart), Myojuji Sarue (Tokyo), Kuiper Projects (Brisbane) and held a solo exhibition at c3 (Melbourne). He completed a BFA (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts In 2017, where he currently teaches Extended Practice in the Visual Art Studio program

Susan Hawkins

A battle demonstrating struggle for agency, Susan Hawkins uses sculpture, installation and sound to unravel the complex dynamic between [wo]man and material. Drawing upon the philosophies of New Materialism, she tests both the physical and metaphysical limits of the reclaimed industrial and domestic objects she works with. Using process and materials that highlight broader social and environmental implications, Hawkins questions her position as both producer and consumer. Relying on the materials to speak their own truth, Hawkins’ work explores how dualities such as the old and the new, the human and the inhuman play out in action. Hawkins completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Sculpture, Jewellery and Small Objects) in 2014 at the Queensland College of Art, and has since exhibited at Blindside (Melbourne), Outer Space (Brisbane), The Museum of Brisbane, and Metro Arts (Brisbane), among others.

Danny Jarratt

Danny Jarratt is an emerging queer digital artist exploring installation art. His work reflects a keen interest in the intersection of pop culture, queer theory and resistance. His installations function as micro utopias and queer counterpublics which allow people to escape the imposing day to day ideologies and expectations, with fun and convenient methods, such as videogame design. He graduated at the University of South Australia with Bachelor of Art & Design (Honours) and currently is undertaking a residency at George Street Studios. His work has been exhibited at MOD., FELTspace, Collective Haunt, Seventh Gallery and Praxis Artspace.

Daniel McKewen

Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, economics, politics, and screen-based mass media. Working appropriatively across a range of media including video installation, his work creatively and speculatively examines how the formal and symbolic conventions of these institutionalised structures operate culturally and politically. The resulting artworks explore and express how our subjective and inter-subjective interactions with these structures can allow us to make sense of our own social experiences. In 2013 McKewen was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and You Imagine What You Desire at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. McKewen is currently a Lecturer in Media Arts at QUT. Daniel McKewen is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Penelope Umbrico

Penelope Umbrico works across photography, appropriation and installation to examine contemporary networks of image distribution as both a conceptual springboard and a material form. Based in New York City, she has exhibited widely internationally, and her work is represented in numerous major museum collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Perez Art Museum, Miami. Penelope Umbrico is represented by Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York and David B Smith Gallery, Denver.

NIGHT DANCERS

NIGHT DANCERS

BY ELISA JANE CARMICHAEL

As day turns to night the sunset sky lights up with pastel tones and golden rays, twinkles of light come to life and dance through the landscape. These twinkles once filled this environment which was full of swamps and rainforests, home to fireflies. The fireflies would hover over the waterways sometimes in swarms.The fireflies are gone now and the city is built over many of these waterways. The fireflies and fires were the first lights of the land.

Night Dancers pays respect to the First Peoples of the land and the Country Metro Arts Building is located on.

WHERE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts @ West Village

WHEN

14 October 2020 – 23 January 2021

Image by Louis Lim. 

PRICE

FREE

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. 

THE ARTIST

Elisa Jane Carmichael

Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael is a multidisciplinary artist who honours her salt-water heritage by incorporating materials collected from Country, embracing traditional techniques, and expressing contemporary adaptations through painting, waving, and textiles. She comes from a family of artists and curators, and works closely with her female kin to revive, nurture and preserve cultural knowledge and practice. Elisa is a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of three clans who are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka, also known as Yoolooburrabee – people of the sand and sea. Quandamooka Country comprises the waters and lands of and around Moreton Bay, south-east Queensland, Australia. 


Elisa Jane Carmichael is represented by Onespace Gallery, Brisbane.
 

ADAPT

ADAPT

ADAPT

Presented by Metro Arts

By Paula Dunlop

Capturing a time of quarantines and lockdowns, ADAPT reflects on the collapse of the neat separations between work and home. Undressed bed sheets and steel ball-chain, window dressings and clothes-lines, canvas-based studio traditions and creative practices in home spaces all come together gently, magnetically…

ADAPT focuses us on the forces that condition our home lives and work lives; on the conventions that privilege or idealise certain work spaces over others; and on the give-and-take that constitutes our relationships with people, material, and places.

DATES

Sat 6 Feb – Thu 18 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

VISITING US

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A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

Presented by Metro Arts

By Ursula Larin

A Drowning Sim’s Cry for Help humorously tries to make sense of the absurdity of the everyday, mental health, and mortality by taking cues from computer games and children’s entertainment.

Various works in the exhibition celebrate and critique the naive and humorous ways the media censors explicit content to provide a temporary relief from reality. The use of humour is explored on one hand, as a way to cope with intense emotion and trauma, and on the other, as a psychological tool to revisit, process and gain perspective on past events. 

The exhibition’s title references the 2004 life simulation PC game, The Sims 2 and the particular act of a player drowning and ultimately killing their Sim.

 

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

OPENING EVENT

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue*   10am – 5pm*
Wed – Sat     10am – 10pm
Sun                Closed

THE ARTISTS

Ursula Larin
Ursula Larin is a Brisbane-based artist who uses sculpture, video, photography and installation to reinterpret small, poignant moments from her everyday experience. Her sculptures either draw inspiration from, or closely replicate the peculiar details from these  moments through an assemblage of accessible scrap, craft and building materials and an amateur, do-it-yourself skillset. These sculptures function as allegories that use humour, parody, and a childlike playfulness to explore existential quandaries around the absurd, awkward, confusing and disappointing aspects of the human experience. Ursula completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology in 2016, and has exhibited locally at Artist Run Initiatives including Cut Thumb and Kunstbunker.

VISITING US

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THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

Presented by Metro Arts

By David Attwood

The Last Bastion of Laziness is an exhibition by David Attwood of new sculptural assemblages that combine cat scratchers, found Garfield plush toys and infant Nike trainers.

Playing on the infamous laziness of cartoon character Garfield, the exhibition is interested in ideas around work ethic, productivity and aspiration, and how these concepts materialise in the consumer culture of late capitalism.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

 

Image by Jordan Halsall

GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue    10am – 4pm
Wed – Sat      10am – 10pm
Sun 14 Mar    Closed
Sun 21 Mar    11am – 5pm 

THE ARTISTS

David Attwood
David Attwood’s work draws on a global lexicon of well-known brands and products to explore the influence of consumer culture on human behaviour and relations. He holds a PhD in Art from Curtin University, and in 2019 completed the SOMA Summer program, SOMA, Mexico City. With theorist Francis Russell, Attwood is the co-editor of the book The Art of Laziness: Contemporary Art and Post-work Politics (Art + Australia, 2020) and runs the project space Disneyland Paris.

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. 

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

Presented by Metro Arts

By Lacey-Law-Lobwein

Lacey – Law – Lobwein is an experimental art collaboration initiated by three emerging Brisbane-based artists who share a common practice of working with digital video and screen-based media.

At Arm’s Length explores the nature of virtual and physical collaboration as a reaction to how their practices have changed as a result of the current pandemic.

This exhibition is part of Common Ground: Bus Projects x Metro Arts and an adapted version of the exhibition will be exhibited at Bus Projects in October, 2021.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Mon – Tue    10am – 4pm
Wed – Sat      10am – 10pm
Sun 14 Mar    Closed
Sun 21 Mar    11am – 5pm 

THE ARTISTS

Briony Law
Briony Law is an emerging artist who works primarily with moving image and installation. Her practice explores aspects of human ecology and systems of mediation, and the potential of mediation to inform attitudes toward ecology. Graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours from the Queensland University of Technology, her most recent projects were exhibited at Outer Space and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Olivia Lacey
Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Working across moving image, installation and text, she combines referents appropriated from pop music lyrics in order to examine the romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017.

Guy Lobwein
Guy Lobwein is a Brisbane-based emerging artist currently undertaking his Doctorate of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology. Graduating in 2020 with a Masters in Philosophy, his research focuses on the use of expanded reality technologies in contemporary art and how experimental creative practice can generate experiential and critically reflective experiences.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

Presented by CTRL+ALT+DEL and Metro Arts

Curated by Conscious Mic, Bindimu And Fern Collective

Shift continues a series of exhibitions aimed   at uniting First Nations, Pasifika and culturally diverse creatives.

Synonymous with the computer system command pressed by a user to terminate an application and shut down the operating system, Ctrl+Alt+Del is a multidisciplinary group exhibition formed to reboot and reclaim arts and cultural spaces in a white colonial settler landscape.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Thu 25 – Sun 28 Mar, 2021

VENUE

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

 

Image by Tai Bobongie.

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. 

FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer

Flight Into The Unknown explores the connections between Western art history, imaging technologies and networked cultures.

Through the use of 3D imaging, drawing machines and AI networks, this exhibition questions how we understand historical genres of art and how they inform our contemporary view of the world.

DATES

Sat 6 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two, Metro Arts

OPENING EVENT

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

Remainder of Exhibition:

Mon – Tue*   10am – 5pm*
Wed – Sat     10am – 10pm
Sun                Closed
 
*Tue 9 Feb     10am – 10pm
(extended gallery hours)

THE ARTISTS

Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer
Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer is an artist whose practice is concerned with the digital conditions of contemporary life. His practice engages with the cultural functions of imaging technologies and examines how networked cultures make use of the history of representation. He has exhibited in a number of galleries including UNSW Galleries and Milani Gallery, and artist-run spaces including First Draft (Sydney) and Bus Projects (Melbourne). Nicholas graduated with Honours from a Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media at UTS in 2014 and in 2019 completed a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at UNSW Art and Design.

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EXHIBITIONS 2020

EXHIBITIONS 2020

In 2020, Metro Arts presented the following exhibitions as part of our Artistic Program. 

NEW FOR OLD

12 DEC – 23 JAN | EXHIBITION
Bringing together work by Australian and international artists, New for Old reflects on the relationship between technology and memory.

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NIGHT DANCERS

14 OCT – 23 JAN | EXHIBITION
As day turns to night, the sunset sky lights up with pastel tones and golden rays, twinkles of light come to life and dance through the landscape.

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ARCHIVE OF LOSS

28 NOV – 5 DEC | ‘Archive of Loss’ commemorates the demolished buildings of Brisbane and Queensland of the ‘70s and ‘80s creating an archive of physical and psychological loss.

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SWEATY SCALES

14 OCT – 1 NOV | Sweaty Scales tells the story of two Asian American women as they navigate their individual sexuality and interracial dating.

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INDEFINITE TERRAINS

14 OCT – 1 NOV | An audio-visual essay that interprets the site of a forest plantation as a dynamic assemblage of colonialism, capitalism and country.

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ASSEMBLY NOW

3 – 27 SEPT | Be immersed in a work that transforms space into a light and sound-reactive environment.

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DIRTY LAUNDRY

21 OCT– 1 NOV | Dirty Laundry is a large-scale cotton-based installation of anonymous sexual confessions, fantasies and desires hoisted and hung for public witness.

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PATTERN & PLACE

7 – 14 NOV | Curated by the 2020 Blak Curatorial Exchange collective, this exhibition explores lines and journeys and journey lines, movement, rhythm, routines and visceral impressions of place.

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SYNTHETICS (TOUCH PLEASE)

11 – 21 NOV | An invitation to consider a future where robots and humans are capable of sharing in, experiencing and offering sensual pleasure.

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AN APPLE A DAY

17 – 22 NOV | This ever-growing collection of works explores central themes of repetition, continuity, completion and renewal.

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DARK ENTRIES

25 NOV – 5 DEC | Dark Entries delves into the simultaneity of experience, the act of looking back whilst looking forward.

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BLAK CURATORIAL EXCHANGE

A six-week professional development program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who are interested in developing their curatorial skills.

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ARCHIVE OF LOSS

ARCHIVE OF LOSS

ARCHIVE OF LOSS

By Joanne Choueiri

‘Archive of Loss’ gathers approximately 60 buildings demolished under Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen in the 70s and 80s around Brisbane city and Queensland in an archive that commemorates their loss. 

Organised in an obituary format, the archive highlights the loss of each of the buildings through text and photograph. Through the material and psychological loss of a building, the city starts to slowly lose its collective identity.

The exhibition showcases a fictional archive that addresses the lost buildings constituting a milestone in the fight towards the conservation of heritage buildings in Queensland. By doing so, the stories and memories of these spaces are unearthed and brought forth as part of the city’s architectural and social history. 

DATES & TIMES

28 November – 5 December 2020 

Mon – Tue      10am-4pm
Wed – Sat       10am-10pm
Sun                 Closed

WHERE

Gallery Two, Metro Arts

FREE

 

THE ARTIST

Joanne Choueiri

Joanne Choueiri is an architect, researcher, and artist from Beirut, Lebanon. Her trans-disciplinary training allows her to work at the cross-section between art, architecture, and research. Her research focuses on possible speculative narratives of space, interiors, and the city. With her work, she has participated in several exhibitions in Milan, London, and Rotterdam. Before moving to Australia, Joanne was a lecturer at the Lebanese American University of Beirut. Currently, she is a PhD candidate and instructor of architecture and interior design at Griffith University, Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by Griffith University.

SWEATY SCALES

SWEATY SCALES

BY LIANG LUSCOMBE

In a highly stylised world of constructed film sets, sculpture and puppetry, Sweaty Scales (2019) tells the story of two Asian American women as they navigate their individual sexuality and interracial dating through a quagmire of pop culture imagery that fetishizes and typecasts Asian women.

Exploring the impact of racial and gendered stereotypes found in film, television and advertising media, this playfully structured narrative video depicts the complex ways that racial fetish and desire enters interracial intimate relationships.

Peppered with sculptures and a narrator in a powder blue suit, this comedy unpacks sexual identity as it relates to the depiction of the Asian women as either the deceitful and sexually aggressive “dragon lady” or the innocent “lotus blossom” in mainstream Western film. 

DATES & TIMES

14 October – 1 November 2020

Mon-Thu 10am-4pm

Fri – Sun times:
Fri 16 Oct    10am-6pm
Sat 17 Oct   9am-10pm
Sun 18 Oct  Closed
Fri 23 Oct    10am-10pm
Sat 24 Oct   10am-10pm
Sun 25 Oct  12pm-7pm
Fri 30 Oct    10am-10pm
Sat 31 Oct   10am-10pm
Sun 1 Nov   12pm-7pm

WHERE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West Village 

PRICE

Free

DURATION

25 mins

KEY CREATIVES

Liang Luscombe  – Artist

VISITING US

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THE ARTISTS

LIANG LUSCOMBE 

Liang Luscombe is a visual artist currently based in Hotel Quarantine in Sydney. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sweaty Scales, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; She inches glass to break, VCUarts MFA Thesis Exhibition, Richmond, 2018; Table Talk, Box Copy, Brisbane, 2016; A Tall Painter, Yarra Flats, Melbourne, 2016; Three Sailors, Sutton Project Space, Melbourne, 2014. She has been included in screenings at OpenTV, Chicago; Comfort Station, Chicago; and Vehicle, NYC. She has undertaken residencies at Chicago Artist Coalition 2019 HATCH Residency Program; SOMA Summer in 2018; the Australia Council Studio, British School at Rome in 2013; and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art Studio Residency in 2011. 

liangluscombe.com

INDEFINITE TERRAINS

INDEFINITE TERRAINS

BY POLLY STANTON

Indefinite Terrains is an audio-visual essay that interprets the site of the forest plantation as a dynamic assemblage of colonialism, capitalism and country.

Through the location of the plantation, the actions and effects of industry and the more-than-human world are considered through narration and the audio-visual tracing of the forest’s controlled and operationalised terrains.

Based in the semi-arid goldfields region of central Victoria, the work reimagines the planation as a convergence of events and complexities that engage beings and bodies in lively ecologies of remembrance and relation.

Drawing on both the subjective and the real, Indefinite Terrains presents a cinematic cartography that turns the seemingly factual site of the plantation into questions, uncertainties and imaginings: situating human endeavour as a momentary appearance in a complex and ever-changing world.

DATES & TIMES

14 October – 1 November 2020

Mon-Thu    10am-4pm

Please note: Gallery One is closed to the public on Fridays during October

 
Sat – Sun times:
Sat 17 Oct   9am-10pm
Sun 18 Oct  Closed
Sat 24 Oct   10am-10pm
Sun 25 Oct  12pm-7pm
Sat 31 Oct    10am-10pm 
Sun 1 Nov    12pm-7pm

WHERE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West Village 

PRICE

Free

KEY CREATIVES

Polly Stanton – Artist

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THE ARTISTS

POLLY STANTON 

Polly Stanton is an artist and filmmaker. Her work primarily investigates the relationships between environment, human actions and land use. Her films and installations focus on contested sites and extractivism, presenting landscape as a politically charged field of negotiation, entangled with history, technology and capital. Sound and listening also play a critical role in Stanton’s work, in both the creation and reception of projects; with listening practices and field recordings engaged with as a means to expand vision and consider the unseen elements and materiality of place. Stanton’s mode of working is expansive and site based, with her practice intersecting across a number of disciplines from film production, sound design, field research, performance, writing and publication    

Selected projects include: Horizon/tal, City Gallery Wellington, NZ (2019); Super Field, RMIT Design Hub, (2018); The Eye of the Storm, Reina Sofia Museum, Spain (2018); Spectral Ecologies, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria (2017); Indefinite Visions, Alchemy Festival, UK (2017), Current, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne (2017); And Then the Sea Came Back, Errant Sound, Berlin (2016); Undercurrents, May Space, Sydney (2016); Current, Murray Art Museum, Victoria (2015); Moving Pictures, Expanding Space, Careof Gallery, Italy (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria (2013).

ASSEMBLY NOW ONLINE

ASSEMBLY NOW ONLINE

BY SALLY GOLDING, SPATIAL & TIM COWLISHAW

Presented by Metro Arts

Assembly Now Online is a virtual experience of Sally Golding’s recent installation, which inaugurated Metro Arts’ Gallery One at West Village, as part of Brisbane Festival 2020, on view from 3 – 27 September, 2020.

Simulating and expanding the physical installation, participants in the online version will be immersed in a work that plays with perception, interactivity and unexpected encounters – including the viewer’s own reflection captured and integrated within the artwork.

Assembly Now Online has been developed as a collaboration between Sally Golding, Spatial (Matt Spendlove) and Tim Cowlishaw.

Assembly Now uses the interface of the mirror to elaborate the psychology and technology of emergent algorithmic software, which functions  as a contemporary screen filtering our emotions.

We live in an age of ubiquitous photography– selfie culture, and surveillance capitalism– facial recognition and eye tracking. Emotion analytics software used in neuro-marketing and image recognition is a blend of psychology and technology– capturing data on expression, to assume correlations in mood determined by machine learning.

A discussion between artist, Sally Golding, and writer and researcher, Kate Warren, about Assembly Now, can be read here.                    

DATES

30 September – 14 October 2020

WHERE

Online – via ‘VIRTUAL ACCESS’ link above

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

To experience this work online, you must use a mobile, laptop or desktop device that has camera and audio access. 

We STRONGLY recommend headphones to avoid feedback.

It is possible you will encounter other participants in our virtual space – please behave as if you were in the gallery IRL.

Please note, this work can be viewed online at any time but works best when there are multiple people in the space.

KEY CREATIVES

Sally Golding – Artist
Spatial – Artist
Tim Colishaw – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

THE ARTISTS

SALLY GOLDING

Sally Golding is an artist from Meanjin/Brisbane whose work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues within technological contexts. Golding’s participatory installations are audiovisual compositions which spatialise the viewer’s presence via reflection and image caption, questioning states of perception across new models of contemporary portraiture. Golding’s live audiovisual performances are edgy and intense– unravelling in the style of a ‘happening’ to incorporate aspects of the performance space. Performances and exhibitions have included: Tate Britain, Serralves Museum (PT), Digital Culture Centre (MX), Whitstable Biennale (UK), CAM2 (ES), Sound of Stockholm, Abandon Normal Devices (UK), San Francisco Cinematheque, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Institute of Modern Art (AU), Contemporary Art Tasmania, South London Gallery and Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art (NO). Golding received the Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS for Music Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies, and was selected for the prestigious SHAPE Platform 2019 for innovative music and audiovisual art in Europe.

sallygolding.com

SPATIAL

Spatial (Matt Spendlove) is an electronic musician, audiovisual artist, creative technologist and curator from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. Spatial combines a preoccupation with emergent behaviour, rule based repetition and chaotic systems with an ability to shape dubbed out, cracked and reductive sonics into audible geometric form.

spatial.infrasonics.net

TIM COWLISHAW

Tim is a researcher and creative technologist originally from London, now based in Barcelona. Across a mixed up career spanning the arts, design and technology, Tim has been creatively working with web technologies, AV media, data and machine learning for over a decade. His principal interest is in work which encourages dialogue between the practice of technology development and critical approaches drawing upon STS, Anthropology and the Humanities. In particular, he interrogates and documents the subjective experience of agency in our interactions with technology, cultures of measurement and how algorithmic views of the world shape and discipline choice and behaviour. Tim has presented work at Sonar+D, Eufonic Festival, Reworks Festival and Theorizing the Web, as well as leading the development of AI-produced documentary Made By Machine (2018) for BBC Four.                               
timcowlishaw.co.uk

spatial.infrasonics.net

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

ASSEMBLY NOW

ASSEMBLY NOW

BY SALLY GOLDING

Presented by Brisbane Festival & Metro Arts

Assembly Now is a newly commissioned participatory installation, set to inaugurate Metro Arts’ Main Gallery at West Village, and transform it into a light and sound reactive environment.

Developed as a collaboration between Sally Golding and electronic musician and creative technologist Spatial, Assembly Now uses the interface of the mirror to elaborate the psychology and technology of emergent algorithmic software, which functions  as a contemporary screen filtering our emotions.

Visitors will be immersed in a work that plays with perception, interactivity, and unexpected encounters, including the viewer’s own reflection captured and integrated within the artwork.

We live in an age of ubiquitous photography– selfie culture, and surveillance capitalism– facial recognition and eye tracking. Emotion analytics software used in neuro-marketing and image recognition is a blend of psychology and technology– capturing data on expression, to assume correlations in mood determined by machine learning.

Cultural references, including folklore and science fiction, provide a lens through which to view the impact of technical ingenuity such as dispersed screens and interactivity, which were first developed in early cinematic prototypes and are now manifested in networked culture. Emergent algorithmic software is the screen through which we filter our emotions and the narrative this creates is a mirror to understanding ourselves.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020 
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday

10am – 9pm, 18 September 2020

WHERE

Gallery One, 
Metro Arts @ West Village 

KEY CREATIVES

Sally Golding – Artist
Spatial – Collaborating Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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. 

THE ARTISTS

SALLY GOLDING

Sally Golding is an artist from Meanjin/Brisbane whose work considers participation and liveness in audiovisual art as a mechanism for shared experiences and dialogues within technological contexts. Golding’s participatory installations are audiovisual compositions which spatialise the viewer’s presence via reflection and image caption, questioning states of perception across new models of contemporary portraiture. Golding’s live audiovisual performances are edgy and intense– unravelling in the style of a ‘happening’ to incorporate aspects of the performance space. Performances and exhibitions have included: Tate Britain, Serralves Museum (PT), Digital Culture Centre (MX), Whitstable Biennale (UK), CAM2 (ES), Sound of Stockholm, Abandon Normal Devices (UK), San Francisco Cinematheque, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image; Institute of Modern Art (AU), Contemporary Art Tasmania, South London Gallery and Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art (NO). Golding received the Oram Award 2017 (New BBC Radiophonic Workshop/PRS for Music Foundation) for women innovating in sound and creative technologies, and was selected for the prestigious SHAPE Platform 2019 for innovative music and audiovisual art in Europe.

sallygolding.com

SPATIAL

Spatial (Matt Spendlove) is an electronic musician, audiovisual artist, creative technologist and curator from London whose work pushes the dynamics of sound system culture incorporating low frequency vibration, hacked code, and optisonic experiments. Spatial combines a preoccupation with emergent behaviour, rule based repetition and chaotic systems with an ability to shape dubbed out, cracked and reductive sonics into audible geometric form.

spatial.infrasonics.net

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

A CONNECTIVE REVEAL – COMMUNITY

BY ROBERT ANDREW

Presented by Brisbane Festival, Brisbane City Council & Metro Arts

Delivered as part of Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program 2020.

A Connective Reveal – Community, is a new work by local artist Robert Andrew. In the work, Andrew explores the interconnections, links and the layering within local communities. This kinetic work comprises an intricate mass of liquid filled conduits that weave through Factory Lane above the heads of viewers. Pumping water, ochre, soil and minerals through at different intervals, the work will continuously change and evolve over the duration of the festival as the water moves back and forth, staining and settling at different points along its journey. A Connective Reveal – Community is a poetic representation of the exquisite complexities and details inherent in the building of community, knowledge and culture.

 
A descendant of the Yawuru people, Andrew’s work investigates the personal and family histories that have been denied or forgotten. Known for combining programmable machinery with earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil, Andrew’s practice mines historical, cultural and personal events that have been buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of western culture. Speaking to the past and yet articulating a contemporary relationship to his Country, Andrew uses technology to make visible the interconnective spiritual, cultural, physical and historical relationships with the land, waters, sky and all living things.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020 
10am – 4pm Monday,
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday

WHERE

Metro Arts @ West Village 

KEY CREATIVES

Robert Andrew – Artist

Image courtesy of the artist. 

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. 

THE ARTIST

ROBERT ANDREW

Robert Andrew is an artist of mixed heritage, a descendent of the Yawuru people from the Broome area in the Kimberley, Western Australia, as well as of European and Filipino descent. Robert uses practice-led research to investigate denied and forgotten personal and family histories, utilising open-sourced, programmable technologies and machinery to erode, expose substrates, build stories and create residue. These works manifest as visually scraped back and built up palimpsests that reference technology, natural materials and the ‘artefact’. Fusing the old and the new, Robert uses earth pigments, ochres, rocks and soil to build stories of relationship to land and culture and to mine historical, cultural, political and personal events that have been ignored, buried and distanced by the dominant paradigms of our western culture. Robert holds a Doctorate in Visual Arts from Griffith University. Robert won the 40th Alice Prize in 2018 for his work White Wash Over The Burn (2017) and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

www.robotandrew.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Temporary Art Program  is an initiative of Brisbane City Council.
Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council.

BRAINBOW MAGIC & RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

BRAINBOW MAGIC & RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

BY HIROMI TANGO 

Presented by Brisbane Festival, West Village & Metro Arts

BRAINBOW MAGIC

Artist Hiromi Tango seeks to bring comfort and spark joy through the magic of fluorescence in her new art installation, Brainbow Magic.

This work continues Hiromi’s exploration into the therapeutic potential of light, colour and contour through art. All these elements can contribute to improved mental wellbeing, easing anxiety and feelings of isolation.

At a time when communities are processing the difficult emotions and experiences of the global pandemic, Hiromi’s sensory work is both healing and transformative – a rainbow after the storm.

 

RAINBOW CIRCLES (HEALING CIRCLES)

Hiromi’s outdoor masterpiece, Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles), beckons people into a transformative space of joy and wonder.

Brightly coloured luminescent rainbow arches dance and glow in the garden at West Village, calling us to explore what lies over the rainbow.

DATES

3 – 27 September 2020
10am – 4pm Monday
10am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday 

18 September 2020, 10am – 9pm

WHERE

Brainbow Magic: Window Gallery & Gallery Two, 
Metro Arts @ West Village 

Rainbow Circles (Healing Circles): The Common, West Village

KEY CREATIVES

Hiromi Tango – Artist

Image by Joe Ruckli

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. 

THE ARTISTS

HIROMI TANGO

Hiromi Tango is a Japanese-Australian artist whose work spans sculpture, drawings, photography, installation and performance. Hiromi is dedicated to generate healing conversations through arts engagement. Reacting to an age in which human relationships are being eclipsed by the globalisation and virtualisation of communication, the artist’s practice is often collaborative, performative and site-specific. Her immersive installations comprise vibrant sculptural accumulations of donated objects, materials and stories. They become mnemonic traces of feelings and interactions, and the ensuing catalysis of emotion and recognition forms the affective crux of her art. In this way, although Tango’s works are highly personal and autobiographical, they can also be read as universal tropes of collective experience.


Over recent years, her practice has become increasingly focused on exploring neuroscientific concepts through arts engagement, posing questions around neuroplasticity, empathy and epigenetics in her quest to effect healing and well-being through arts. Often using metaphors from nature to represent brain processes, her works develop through a combination of research, reflection and ritual. Whilst Tango’s practice is grounded in a fascination with scientific discovery, she remains steadfast in her role as an artist being one of constant questioning and blurring boundaries, the ability to ask ‘what if?’ without the scientific proof. Personal experiences – whether her own or those of community participants — drive her exploration of specific ideas and areas of research, such as dementia and aging, child development or traumatic emotional experiences. In this way, her work creates a bridge between scientific concepts and individual realities. 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Brisbane Festival is an initiative of the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council. Thanks to Fabricator Remo Vallance G&V Studios. 

DIRTY LAUNDRY

DIRTY LAUNDRY

BY THE GOOD ROOM

Dirty Laundry is a large-scale cotton-based installation of anonymous sexual confessions, fantasies and desires hoisted and hung for public witness. Inspired by enforced social distancing (on the streets and in the sheets), this cheeky work is a record of the way 2020 has altered our romantic relationships and changed the way we quench desire in a positive celebration of sex, intimacy and holding out for love in lockdown.

Dirty Laundry is drawn from a slate of submissions submitted to a bespoke website over a specially-created digital event called the Dirty Weekend. The installation will be studded with readings from the full hamper basket and is designed to be enjoyed across a 20 minute visit.

WHERE

New Benner Theatre
Metro Arts @ West Village

DATES & TIMES

21 October – 1 November 2020

Mon         Closed
Tue-Thu  10am-4pm
Fri           10am-6.30pm + 9pm-10pm*
Sat          
10am-10pm
Sun         12pm-7pm

* Fri 30 October
Please note, the exhibition will be closed to general public from 6.30-9pm, with exclusive access to Dirty Laundry Up Late ticket holders from 7.45-9pm.

PRICE

FREE

Image credit: Image by Morgan Roberts

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. 

THE ARTISTS

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans is an award-winning writer, director, producer – and QUT graduate – who has worked across Australia in theatre, festivals, print and television. Together, with Amy Ingram, he founded The Good Room; a performance collective who draw on the experiences of ordinary people to create extraordinary theatre experiences. As well as teaching for QUT Acting, he has worked as the Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, a five day event as part of the emerging and experimental arts mecca This Is Not Art in Newcastle, as the Performance Producer at Metro Arts, as a senior writer for Frankie magazine and as a digital content producer for Southern Star Endemol, Network Nine, Ten and SBS.

Amy Ingram

Amy is a performer and Maker. In 2008 she co founded The Good Room with Daniel Evans. She has performed with Queensland Theatre ( Fat Pig, Seeding Bed, Trollop, The Seagull, The Odd Couple) , La Boite ( Cosi, The Tragedy of King Richard The third, Blackrock) , Elbow Room ( We Get It : MTC and Brisbane Powerhouse) and in Low Level Panic at The Old Fitz directed by Justine Martin. In 2021 Amy will be on tour with Magic Mike Live Australia.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

PATTERN & PLACE

PATTERN & PLACE

PATTERN & PLACE

Curated by the 2020 Blak Curatorial Exchange collective: Christopher Bassi, Simon Carmichael, Tarni Eastwood, Tamika Grant-Iramu and Sam Harrison.

This exhibition of contemporary works explores lines and journeys and journey lines, movement, rhythm, routines and visceral impressions of place. Experience the relationship between significant locations, repetition of action and the formation of tradition.

This exhibition includes work by Christopher Bassi, Bethany Bobir, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Sonja Carmichael, Katina Davidson, Tamika Grant-Iramu, Dale Harding, Sam Harrison, Jo Lankester, Maeve Lejune, Ryan Presley, Rachael Stevens, Samual Tupou  

BLAK CURATORIAL EXCHANGE

By Blaklash Projects

 
The Pattern & Place exhibition is the culmination of the Blak Curatorial Exchange. Metro Arts has partnered with Blaklash to deliver this six-week professional development program for six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who are interested in developing their curatorial skills. Led by Blaklash, this program aims to strengthen the sector by enhancing knowledge, support networks, and developing practical skills through an exhibition outcome.

 

DATES & TIMES

7 – 14 November 2020 

Mon – Thu     10am-4pm
Fri – Sat         10am-10pm

Closing Night Event: 
6-8.30pm, Friday 13 November

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

Image: Tamika Grant-Iramu, Fragments of Redlands: the eucalyptus, 2020
Vinyl-cut on Hahnemühle paper (Detail).  Courtesy the artist and Onespace Gallery.

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. 

THE ARTISTS

BLAKLASH PROJECTS

Blaklash Projects is a 100% Aboriginal owned business specialising in the curation of exhibitions, cultural events and bespoke creative projects that showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. Troy Casey (Kamilaroi) and Amanda Hayman (Wakka Wakka / Kalkadoon) have extensive experience working in partnership with community to develop community-celebrated programs and projects.

https://www.blaklash.com

SYNTHETICS (TOUCH PLEASE)

SYNTHETICS (TOUCH PLEASE)

SYNTHETICS (TOUCH PLEASE)

By Cherry Logar

SYNTHETICS (touch please) is a layered composition of sculpture, VR, blown glass and haptics – technology that simulates physical interaction.

It asks, what does sensuality feel like when reduced to the basics, then presented out of context? Can sensuality exist outside of intentional human interaction? What does simulated sensuality feel like? And can our human senses experience the simulation as sensuality?

Artist Cherry Logar’s sculpted elements invite you to play with physical and virtual sensations and consider how your mind communicates these different experiences of touch to and through the body.

“This work puts the future at our fingertips and challenges us to pursue a new sense of sensuality. Adventure and conquest are at the core of these orbs, and I invite a modern audience to feel their way around an ultramodern concept of touch,” Logar says.

“People tend to paint a world where we play and interact with robots and technology outside of our ‘world’ as a dystopian future, but these experiences have a bright, shiny and tingly place in our contemporary life.”

 

This exhibition is an initiative of a student from TAFE Queensland South Bank and the University of Canberra, as part of their assessment for the Honours program.

WHERE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts | West Village

WHEN

11 – 22 November 2020

Mon – Thu     10am-4pm
Fri – Sat         10am-10pm
Sun                 Closed

OPENING EVENT + VR EXPERIENCE

Opening Event: Fri 13 Nov, 6-8.30pm
+
Sat 21 Nov, 4-8pm

A VR experience that complements the work, by Michelle Brown, will feature at these sessions

FREE

Image by Stephanie Tomoana.

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. 

THE ARTIST

Cherry Logar

Cherry Logar is an artist living and working on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Logar is currently completing BA Visual Arts and Design (Honours) through the University of Canberra, majoring in Sculpture.

Her work ventures the boundaries of societal norms and taboos as she reimagines future technologies in a way that enliven the sensual human experience.

Juxtaposing adult themes with unusual textures and material choices, Logar explores the possibilities of immersive tactile sensations.

Recurring themes of her practice include reconceptualising physical sensations from the realms of sexual pleasure

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

AN APPLE A DAY

AN APPLE A DAY

AN APPLE A DAY

By Chris Battersby

On 30 July 2019, artist Chris Battersby set out to draw or paint an apple a day. This ever-growing collection of works explores central themes of repetition, continuity, completion and renewal.

Repetition is everything, each day being almost like the next, one apple like the next, like a loop in music played again and again. Every apple is a discreet image but part of a continuum.

Watercolour is the medium of choice as it suggests rather than defines – it floats, blurs and bleeds its way into the paper. Completed quickly, each work is instantly permanent and emphatic. There is little time for reworking. The day is done. Tomorrow is a clean slate and a fresh start. An apple a day.

 

 

DATES

17 – 21 November 2020 

Mon – Thu     10am-4pm
Fri – Sat         10am-10pm

Closing Night Event:
4-7pm, Saturday 21 November

WHERE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

PRICE

Free

THE ARTIST

Chris Battersby

Chris Battersby worked for many years as an architectural illustrator in Australia, America and Hong Kong. He has exhibited work in a number of group exhibitions at various galleries in Brisbane and was represented by Jan Murphy Gallery in the early 2000s. He currently works as an architect and the design manager for Hutchinson Builders on the West Village project in West End Brisbane.

DARK ENTRIES

DARK ENTRIES

BY REBECCA ROSS

Dark Entries delves into the simultaneity of experience, the act of looking back whilst looking forward, and the interpolation of memories into a single, yet multi-dimensional timeline.

Extending on Ross’ July 2020 residency and exhibition Dark Matter(s) at Metro Arts @Hope Street, Dark Entries steps into a void of past realms, remixing spatial and video elements into a matrix of current situations and sensations.

Staged as an installation of video projections and domestic screening devices, the work attempts to synthesise the past and the future, exploring time and zones, and ultimately the moment we find ourselves in…now.  

DATES & TIMES

25 November – 5 December 2020

Mon – Tue      10am-4pm
Wed – Sat       10am-10pm
Sun                  Closed

Image by Louis Lim. 

WHERE

Gallery One
Metro Arts @ West Village

PRICE

FREE

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. 

THE ARTIST

Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross lives on Queensland’s Gold Coast where she works as an artist, academic and director of The Walls Art Space. Rebecca’s work is concerned with mapping the junctures of site, situation and sensation. Since completing a Master of Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology (2005) she has undertaken major art projects for Festival 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Bleach Festival, and participated in international artist in residence programs in Malta, Italy and New Zealand. Rebecca has exhibited at the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. U.S.A. (2012), been awarded the Rome Studio at the British School at Rome by the Australia Council for the Arts (2013) and supported by the City of Gold Coast to undertake a mentorship and travel to Los Angeles and Miami, U.S.A. (2014). Rebecca has been actively involved in the contemporary art scene in South East Queensland since the millennium and her contribution to the Gold Coast arts ecology has been recognised with an International Women’s Day Leadership Award (2020).

BLAK CURATORIAL EXCHANGE

BLAK CURATORIAL EXCHANGE

BY BLAKLASH PROJECTS

Metro Arts has partnered with Blaklash to deliver a six-week professional development program for six Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists who are interested in developing their curatorial skills. Led by Blaklash, this program aims to strengthen the sector by enhancing knowledge, support networks, and developing practical skills through an exhibition outcome.
 
The program will include presentations from industry experts and guided visits to a range of art institutions. It will be an opportunity to have critical discussions regarding First Nations voices and perspectives and how they are represented in gallery spaces. The curatorial exchange will culminate in a one-week exhibition at Metro Arts, Gallery One at West Village in November.
 
Blaklash Creative is led by Troy Casey (Kamiliroi) and Amanda Hayman (Wakka Wakka/Kalkadoon) an agency known for their curatorial skills in creating positive experiences that connect people to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture. 

PATTERN & PLACE EXHIBITION

The curatorial exchange will culminate in a one-week exhibition at Metro Arts, Gallery One at West Village from 7 – 14 November.

Pattern & Place is an exhibition of contemporary works explores lines and journeys and journey lines, movement, rhythm, routines and visceral impressions of place. Experience the relationship between significant locations, repetition of action and the formation of tradition.

WHERE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts | West Village

WHEN

Pattern & Place Exhibition
7 – 14 November 2020

PRICE

FREE

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. 

THE ARTIST

Blaklash Projects

Blaklash Projects is a 100% Aboriginal owned business specialising in the curation of exhibitions, cultural events and bespoke creative projects that showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices. Troy Casey (Kamilaroi) and Amanda Hayman (Wakka Wakka / Kalkadoon) have extensive experience working in partnership with community to develop community-celebrated programs and projects.

https://www.blaklash.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Blak Curatorial Exchange is supported by Creative Alliance, City of Gold Coast and Digi Youth Arts.

EXHIBITIONS 2019

EXHIBITIONS 2019

In 2019, Metro Arts presented the following exhibitions as part of our Artistic Program. 

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?

Inspired by the many versions of Les Misérables, this exhibition encompasses a kaleidoscopic range of artistic approaches to subverting and interpreting personal and historical narratives, via high-drama, excess and passion.

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A TREASURED PRIVATE NOTEBOOK

Moving image work by Ella Sowinska and new textile work by Thea Jones come together in this collaborative exhibition, inspired by the secret writing practices of the artists’ mothers.

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LOVE ME, LOVE ME

Combining appropriated lyrics and party decorations, Love Me, Love Me plays with the intertwined representations of romantic narratives in pop music and personal expressions of love.

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YAAD KARO

Through practices of hand-stitching, Yaad Karo considers the history of migration that links the artist’s personal history to the indentured labour communities of India and the Pacific.

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PAINTINGS

Christine Morrow exploits the material qualities of the painter’s canvas and stretcher frame to create dynamic, three-dimensional modular structures.

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This is Pep Too!

This is Pep Too! is a new body of sculptural work that explores a revised meaning of ‘pep’ – found in the ambivalent spaces between failure, doubt and defiant enthusiasm.

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MARS Video Exchange  

As part of an exchange with Melbourne-based gallery MARS, Metro Arts will present the work of three innovative Melbourne video artists.

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LIFE ON EARTH

Life on Earth presents a selection of intense unscripted encounters with wild animals, plants and landscapes that reflect on the ongoing impact of human activity on our environment.

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WE KOPPEL, WE DALA

We Koppel, We Dala; Restitution and Reclamation. An exhibition addressing representation, land and identity in the context of South Africa’s Apartheid history and its ongoing impacts.

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THE BOY DIVER

It is December 1999 and Alex’s 10th Birthday party at Temora public pool. A moment of hope is embraced as they dive for a treasure at the bottom of the pool.

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SILICA

Grace Blake’s exhibition will be comprised of predominantly new work that considers a future dominated by non-human and hybridised beings. Blake will model formative anatomies and ecologies through the use of digital modelling software and 3D printing combined with 2D elements.

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GYRE

Across installation, sculpture and moving image, this exhibition repurposes weather instruments in order to experiment with our perception of spatio-temporal experience, and its orders and structures.

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UNNAMED

Priscilla Beck enacts a series of repairs to an empty gallery, which then break apart over the course of the exhibition. The installation is first made of making, and then unmade.

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THE CITIES, THEY TREMBLE

The cities, they tremble is a three-part audio-visual installation, that traces the connections between place, identity and sound, through an examination of resonance and vibration in everyday life. 

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SHY LOVE

Shy Love explores how the physical body experiences desire. Each sculptural form delves into shared experiences of bodily pleasure and anticipation.

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VIDEO VISIONS

Video Visions is Channels Festival’s flagship open-call video art program, running since the inaugural festival in 2013.

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THE WAITRESS

Georgia Banks believes we are long overdue for a talk about sexual harassment in the hospitality industry, so she’s here to do something about it.

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ASSET PACK

Baden Pailthorpe intensifies his examination of the cultures of late capitalism by reinterpreting the material culture of digital marketplaces.

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