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PAST EXHIBITIONS 2022

PAST EXHIBITIONS 2022

In 2022, Metro Arts presented the following exhibitions as part of our Artistic Program. 

Lotion

15 JAN – 5 FEB | EXHIBITION
Five artists use embodied and soft forms to consider the materiality of healing, empathy, and well-being in relation to the skin.

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Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

12 FEB – 19 MAR | EXHIBITION
This ambitious new work invites you to consider the body as an archive, and how embodied frequencies, cadences, and densities guide our movement through neo-colonial spaces.

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A-PART-MENT

5 – 30 APR | EXHIBITION
Like a gift-wrapped box, A-part-ment is an playful exhibition of non-objective hard-edge geometric three-dimensional paintings.

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THIS LIGHT

8 – 30 APR | EXHIBITION
Inspired by the spontaneous use of light in collective protest against police brutality, This Light remediates a scene of protest during the height of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

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LITTORALIS

8 – 30 APR | EXHIBITION
Exploring concepts of recollection, memory, simulation, Littoralis creates a personal journey through the landscape into a grove of sheoaks.

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SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

SUBTITLE IRAN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Katayoun Javan

Iranian Australian photographer and video artist Katayoun Javan draws on personal and public stories to present notions of family, home, memory, displacement and the Iranian Diaspora.

Subtitle Iran is a research-based photo series that explores the ways Western film and television has perceived Iran for the past several decades, mainly before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Katayoun Javan

Katayoun Javan is an Iranian Australian photographer and video artist. Through documentary photography, portraiture, and use of found photos and videos, she draws on personal and public stories in order to explore notions of family, home, memory, displacement, and the Iranian Diaspora. Most of her works are somehow related to Iran from a migrant point of view.  She completed a Master of Fine Art in research in 2013 and has taken residencies in Australia and exhibited in solo and group shows in Australia, Iran and internationally.

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. 

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

OLD HAUNTS

Presented by Metro Arts

By Anthem ARI

Born out of a desire to extend tenderness,  elevation and appreciation to culturally diverse voices, ANTHEM ARI aims to provide a dedicated platform to celebrate the practices of First Nations, diasporic, and LGBTQI+ identifying artists of colour in Australia.

Co-founders Lucy Nguyên-Hunt, Reina Takeuchi, Rhanjell Villanueva, Ruaa Al-Rikabi and Keemon Williams will transform the gallery into a simulated museum space, exorcising the sordid histories of institutional race representation and intergenerational trauma embedded within the experiences of the artists.

View the digital catalogue here. 

DATES

Sat 5 – Sat 26 Jun, 2021

OPENING EVENT
4 – 6pm, Sat 5 Jun

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 5 Jun 4pm – 10pm (exhibition opening)
Sun 6 Jun Closed
Mon 7 – Fri 11 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 12 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 13 Jun Closed
Mon 14 – Fri 18 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 19 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 20 Jun Closed
Mon 21 – Fri 25 Jun 7am – 5pm
Sat 26 Jun 10am – 5pm
Sun 27 Jun Closed

THE ARTISTS

Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt
Lucy Nguyễn-Hunt is an interdisciplinary Vietnamese and Samoan/Cook Islander Australian artist with an abiding passion for sharing lived experiences through her artistic practice. Namely, this manifests as dismantling preconceived notions of identity through the lens of a camera and her culturally hybrid and queer gaze. Working predominantly in photography and moving image and implicating the body as self as a material form, Nguyễn-Hunt investigates the structures in place with consistently others outliers to a socially constructed ‘standard’. Regarding her practice as a safe space for licking her own wounds, vulnerability, self-awareness and authentic representation is at the heart of her work. Nguyễn-Hunt works to prioritise representation and visibility, and voice lived experiences through the process of self-negotiation and preservation.

Reina Takeuchi
Reina Takeuchi is an Australian-Japanese artist-researcher, dance maker, curator and writer interested in interdisciplinary collaboration and facilitating embodied experiences of contemporary art. She explores how sensorial experience can be enhanced through ritualistic performance, interactive installations and time based media. Her work utilises choreographic processes and the transitory qualities of sound and action to meditate on transculturation, displacement, diaspora and the ethereal experiences of her peripatetic upbringing across Japan, India, Thailand and Australia. These processes allow for a clarity of somatic contemplation for the artist and she, in turn, explores the potential for this sensitivity to be shared with the viewer.

Rhanjell Villaneuva
Rhanjell Villanueva is an emerging Meanjin-based (Brisbane) Filipino artist whose practice critically analyses the traditional Filipino culture against the language and values of western societies. In response to his upbringing, his practice traverses the multitude and intricacies of cultural identity by unraveling post-colonial patterns and cultural conflict. Working across an array of media including sculpture, moving image, and video installation, Villanueva materialises deep transcultural knowledge and narratives rooted from oppression and the feeling of displacement. The resulting works focus on decolonising the eye, demonstrating the subjectivity of ‘foreign in a domestic sense’ towards the metaphysics of Filipino Futurism. By sharing tales of the diaspora, he aims to engage with other persons of colour and urge them to consider what they could become, beyond what they are expected to be.

Ruaa Al-Rikabi
Ruaa Al-Rikabi is a Iraqi-Syrian Australian emerging contemporary artist whose practice investigates themes of intersectional identity, self-preservation and re-representation of desirability. Ruaa’s practice looks at the rich experience of intersectional identities and how this can be linked to experiences of displacement and difference, shown through an ongoing development of a living archive of her self-identity. Within her practise, Ruaa aims to create space for other marginalised communities by encouraging radical expression of self and multifaceted identities. Ruaa employs materials which she deems significant to her self-identity as surrogates to encapsulate her lived experiences, this includes hair, food and photographs. Through rejecting essentialist assumptions about intersectional BIPOC identity, Ruaa’s practice aims to engage in an act of decolonisation that empowers and liberates intersectional identities.

Keemon Williams
Keemon Williams is an Indigenous Meanjin-based (Brisbane) artist of Koa, Kuku Yalanji and Meriam Mer descent. He utilizes a diverse range of mediums and performative elements to highlight the relationships between location, personal and cultural histories, and the broader context of being “Australian.” Rendering speculative embodiments of culture through contemporary forms, his work investigates culture’s innate ability to adapt to oppressive systems and claim agency through new material processes. Keemon employs this ontology through interrogations of architecture, fashion, mass production and new media devices. By critically engaging with digital and consumerist realms, and their potential for “ethnoplastic” ventures, Keemon reconciles a sense of indigeneity within the everyday.

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.

 

Documentation by Kyle Weise.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated until 14 April 2022. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Thurs 2 Dec, 2021 – 9 Jan, 2022

Opening Event
Thurs 2 Dec, 6-8pm

VENUE

Window Gallery 
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. 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. 

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

WUN-GA-LI NGURRAMBAA WINANGA-LI

By Debbie Taylor-Worley

Presented by Metro Arts

Gamilaraay-born artist Debbie Taylor-Worley presents a body of work in response to returning to the places of birth and childhood, and listening to the country speak.

Wun-ga-li Ngurrambaa Winanga-li utilises motifs based on Gamilaraay carved trees and incorporates weaving and embroidery techniques, drawing attention to the cultural practices of Taylor Worley’s female ancestors. Each work has been created in, and alongside significant waterways on country, reflecting Gamilaraay women’s responsibility to protect the waterways.

Catalogue essay by Shannon Brett here.

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 Jul, 2021

ARTIST TALK
3pm, Sat 24 Jul

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Debbie Taylor-Worley
As a Gamillaraay woman, who has lived, for the most part, a colonised life, my project is about decolonising my own mind, beliefs and narratives, and going a step further, to reconnect to my spiritual roots. I’m treading a path to connect to my culture, my country and the spirituality of my ancestors, for I believe that Indigenous knowledges in ways of knowing, being and doing are in fact our planet’s only chance of survival. My art practice is a means of cementing that connection to country and culture.

My artmaking processes and materials are profoundly tied to connection to Mother Earth and Ancestors, ceremony and ritual, culture and community, and places and memory. It describes the trials and tribulations of navigating unfamiliar waters, the treading softly on the ground and resisting of greedy mis-use and destruction of the earth’s resources.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project was funded by the Windmill Trust Scholarship, awarded to Taylor-Worley in 2020.

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 WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

THE WEATHERMAN

By Callum McGrath

Presented by Metro Arts

The Weatherman is a new video work that takes an experimental approach to queer remembrance, ensuing processes of memorialisation.

Developed in response to the historic murders of gay men in Sydney during the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Weatherman eschews systematic retelling of this history and instead draws on a vast archive of violence against queer people. 

McGrath draws from over twenty real and fictional texts, to recall the disappearance (murder) of the TV broadcaster Ross Warren in 1989.

 

 

DATES

Tue 6 – Sat 24 July, 2021

CLOSING EVENT
4-6pm, Sat 24 Jul

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 6 – Fri 9 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 10 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 11 Jul Closed
Mon 12 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Tue 13 Jul 7am – 4.30 pm
Wed 14 – Fri 16 Jul 7am – 9pm
Sat 17 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 18 Jul 2pm – 9pm
Mon 19 – Fri 23 Jul 7am – 4.30pm
Sat 24 Jul 10am – 9pm
Sun 25 Jul Closed

THE ARTISTS

Callum McGrath
Callum McGrath is an artist and researcher currently based in Naarm/Melbourne. McGrath’s work applies experimental archival and historiographic approaches to reconceptualise methods of queer memorialisation. His research-led projects resist the hegemonic and institutional structures of archival repositories and instead work toward methods of queer remembrance where queer temporalities and futurity can take precedent. McGrath has exhibited widely in institutions and galleries around Australia and in 2021 is commencing a Masters of Fine Art (Research) at Monash University.

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. 

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, Masahiro 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.

 

CURATOR TALK WITH EMILY WAKELING
+ FREE FILM SCREENING

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.  >> Find our more and register for the screening here.

 

DATES

Mon 9 – Sat 28 Aug, 2021

Curator’s Tour + Film Screening:
3pm, Sat 21 Aug | FREE
Find out more / Register

GALLERY HOURS

Mon 9 – Thu 12 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Fri 13 Aug  8am – 3pm
Sat 14 Aug 
10am – 6pm
Sun 15 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 16 – Fri 20 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 21 Aug  10am – 6pm (Curator Tour / Screening)
Sun 22 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 23 – Fri 27 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 28 Aug  10am – 6pm

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.

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. 

CURATOR TALK + FREE FILM SCREENING

CURATOR TALK + FREE FILM SCREENING

CURATOR TALK WITH EMILY WAKELING + FREE FILM SCREENING

Join us for a curator’s tour of our current exhibition Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in Tōhoku. This will be followed by a free film screening in the Metro Arts Studios.

EXHIBITION:
COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TŌHOKU
温情の地:震災から10年の東北

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

Japanese artists Lieko Shiga, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Masahiro 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.

FILM:
DOUBLE LAYERED TOWN / MAKING A SONG TO REPLACE OUR POSITIONS (2019)

「二重のまち/交代地のうたを編む」

by Natsumi Seo and Haraku Komori 

Rikuzentakata was one of dozens of coastal towns in northeastern Japan hit by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and its post-tsunami story is the long-time subject of collaborators Natsumi Seo and Haruka Komori. Double layered town / making a song to replace our positions (2019) follows four university-age visitors who listen to the stories of townspeople who lived through the disaster. They walk around areas under construction, and listen to intimate stories of loss and trauma inside people’s cramped temporary living spaces. The young people then regroup and discuss what to do with the stories they have heard. Japanese language film with English subtitles, 79 minutes.

Note: Registration is not required for the Curator Talk

 

CURATOR TALK + FREE FILM SCREENING

3pm, Sat 21 Aug | Curator Talk with Emily Wakeling

4pm, Sat 21 Aug | Free film screening 
Double layered town / making a song to replace our positions (2019) 

VENUE

Artist Talk: Gallery One + Gallery Two + Window Gallery
Film Screening: Metro Arts Studios

GALLERY HOURS

Fri 13 Aug  8am – 3pm
Sat 14 Aug 
10am – 6pm
Sun 15 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 16 – Fri 20 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 21 Aug  10am – 6pm (Curator Tour / Screening)
Sun 22 Aug  CLOSED
Mon 23 – Fri 27 Aug  8am – 4.30pm
Sat 28 Aug  10am – 6pm

EXHIBITION 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.

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. 

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

THE 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 as a reflection of both art history and the urgent issues of the need for environmental awareness and sustainability.

View catalogue here

DATES

Fri 3 – Sun 26 Sep, 2021

OPENING EVENT

Sat 4 Sep, 4pm

EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS

Mondays  8am – 5pm
Tuesdays – Fridays  8am – 10pm
Saturdays  10am – 10pm
Sundays  10am – 4pm

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two | Metro Arts, West End

TICKETS

FREE

THE ARTISTS

Ross Manning

Known for large-scale public artworks, Manning creates kinetic sculptures from everyday materials such as fans, lights and electronics. Showcasing the construction and materials, he produces hypnotic exchanges between light, sound and movement.

Aishla Manning

An interdisciplinary artist working predominantly with video and assembled objects to explore the tensions, absurdity and humour of the everyday. Aishla Manning has exhibited extensively in Queensland and co-founded The Laundry Artspace in 2015.

Kinly Grey

Kinly Grey engages sensory experience and expanded poetics to explore art as affect. Taking form across mediums and placing viewer experience at their centre, Grey’s works often require participation or enactment for their realisation.

Sarah Poulgrain

Poulgrain considers the repercussions of post-work labour autonomy for artists. Working across video installation, ceramics, sewing, animation and audio production, her practice explores the experiences of shame, skill sharing and self-empowerment.

Susan Hawkins

Susan Hawkins creates sculptures and installations from reclaimed industrial and domestic objects. The works consider their forgotten symbolic power while highlighting the symbolic bias of our personal and public surroundings.

Traction

Traction empowers young people to build positive futures through mentoring and hands-on learning designed to build confidence and skills.

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.

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Lotion

Lotion

LOTION

Curated by Taylor Hall

Presented by Metro Arts

Lotion brings together the artworks of five artists who use embodied and soft forms to consider the materiality of healing, empathy, and well-being in relation to the skin.

Revealed are expanded notions of our surface as a permeable, porous entity that exists between the self and our experience of the physical world around us.

The exhibition further aims to emphasize that the artworks’ surface is not too different from our own surface, and in fact shares endless flesh-like qualities which have the capacity to palpably evoke emotion.

The exhibition space will present a corporeal and immersive experience to articulate the sensitivity, impermanence, and porosity of ‘skin’ and its intrinsic link to both physical as well as psychological wellbeing.

View the catalogue essay here

Artist Talk: Saturday 29 January, 3-4pm

Join us at the Metro Arts Galleries on Saturday 29 January to discover more about the exhibition.

The event will include a tour of the works by four of the artists – Bella Deary, Evangeline Sines, Molly Smith and Zara Rose Dudley – and will be facilitated by curator Taylor Hall.

Please register your attendance here.

Documentation images and video by Carl Warner.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated until 14 April 2022. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Mon 17 Jan – Sat 5 Feb

VENUE

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

GALLERY HOURS

Tue 25 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 26 Jan CLOSED (public holiday)
Thu 27 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri 28 Jan 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sat 29 Jan 9am – 7pm
Sun 30 Jan CLOSED
Mon 31 Jan CLOSED
Tue 1 Feb 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 2 Feb 8:30am – 9:00pm
Thu 3 Feb 8:30am – 9:00pm
Fri 4 Feb 8:30am – 9:00pm
Sat 5 Feb 9:00am – 9:00pm

Image Credit: Bella Deary

THE ARTISTS

Alannah Dair, Bella Deary, Evangeline Sines, Molly Smith, Zara Rose Dudley

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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

OPENING EVENT
Sat 2 Oct | 4 – 6pm

CURATOR TALK
Sat 23 Oct | 2pm

VENUE

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

Anri Sala Dammi i Colori [Video Still] 2003
Single channel video, color, stereo sound, duration: 15:25
Courtesy the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Hauser & Wirth, Zurich London; Johnen Galerie, Berlin; Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich.

THE ARTISTS

Tarik Ahlip
Heba Y. Amin
Richard Bell
Lauren Brincat
Five Mile Radius // Clare // Hunter // Tom
Gill Gatfield
Dale Harding
Fionnuala Heidenreich
HWKN
Simon James Phillips
Valentina Karga
Nicolas Kisic Aguirre
Anri Sala

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 2 Oct  4pm – 10pm
Sun 3 Oct  CLOSED
Sun 4 Oct  CLOSED (PUBLIC HOLIDAY)
Tue 5 – Thu 7 Oct  8am – 5pm
Fri 8 Oct  8am – 10pm
Sat 9 Oct  10am – 10pm
Sun 10 Oct  CLOSED
Mon 11 – Wed 13 Oct  8am – 5pm 
Thu 14 – Fri 15 Oct 8am – 10pm
Sat 16 Oct  10am – 10pm
Sun 17 Oct  CLOSED
Mon 18 – Thu 21 Oct  8am – 5pm 
Fri 22 Oct  8am – 10pm
Sat 23 Oct 10am – 10pm
Sun 24 Oct  CLOSED
Mon 25 Oct  8am – 5pm
Tue 26 Oct  8am – 10pm
Wed 27 Oct  8am – 5pm
Thu 28 – Fri 29 Oct  8am – 10pm 
Sat 30 Oct  10am – 10pm

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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



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BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE 2021

BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE 2021

BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE
2021 EXHIBITION

EMERGING AND CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS SHOWCASE

Presented by Brisbane Portrait Prize, West Village, and Metro Arts

See the best in contemporary portraiture at this special Showcase Exhibition

“In a portrait, you have room to have a point of view. The image may not be literally what’s going on, but it’s representative.” – Annie Leibovitz

The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging engagement with the arts.

This FREE exhibition is a representation of the times and a reflection on the inner worlds many have had trouble navigating. The portraits are personal stories: stories of struggle, whimsy, melancholy and hope.

See the best in contemporary portraiture at this special Showcase Exhibition.

Artists include Martin Edge, Monica Rohan, Kailum Graves, Elliot Brown, Liam Nunan and Tammy Law

Sitters include Steven Oliver, Benjamin Law, Numpty (Gabriel Denham)

 

DATES

Fri 5 – Sun 14 Nov, 2021

VENUES

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

The Ice Cream Factory
West Village, West End

GALLERY HOURS

The Factory
Fri 5 – Sun 7 Nov | 11am – 4pm
Fri 12 – Sun 14 Nov | 11am – 4pm

ABOUT THE BRISBANE PORTRAIT PRIZE

The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane.

The Prize showcases the best in contemporary portraiture. It demonstrates that portraiture is a genre that still galvanises, intrigues, and challenges the most accomplished of contemporary artists.

 

 

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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: Sumile Belle Kaese, Yuliana Kusumastuti, Carolyn McCosker, Claire Dennis and Sebastian Slater

Week 1 (4-7 November)
Gallery One: Yuliana Kusumastuti and Carolyn McCosker
Gallery Two: Sumile Belle Kaese
 
Week 2 (11-14 November):
Gallery One: Claire Dennis and Sebastian Slater
Gallery Two: Sumile Belle Kaese
 
Please note Gallery One will be closed from 8-10 Nov for changeover

DATES

Thu 4 – Sun 14 Nov, 2021

OPENING EVENT (Week One)
Thu 4 Nov | 6 – 8pm

OPENING EVENT (Week Two)
Thu 11 Nov | 6 – 8pm

VENUE

Gallery One + Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

Image: Artworks by graduating artists.

GALLERY HOURS

Thu 4 Nov  6pm – 8pm
Fri 5 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Sat 6 Nov  10am – 6pm
Sun 7 Nov  11am – 4pm
Mon 8 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Tue 9 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Wed 10 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Thu 11 Nov  6pm – 8pm
Fri 12 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Sat 13 Nov  10am – 6pm
Sun 14 Nov  11am – 4pm

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

soul-hole

soul-hole

SOUL-HOLE

Curated by Nextdoor ARI | Artwork by Zara Dudley

Presented by Nextdoor 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.”

DATES

 Sat 20 – Sat 27 Nov, 2021

OPENING EVENT
Sat 20 Nov | 4 – 6pm

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 20 Nov  10am – 10pm
Sun 21 Nov  CLOSED
Mon 22 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Tue 23 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Wed 24 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Thu 25 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Fri 26 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Sat 27 Nov  10am – 6pm

THE ARTISTS

Zara Dudley
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.

Nextdoor 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.

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DOT MATRIX OF HUMANITY

DOT MATRIX OF HUMANITY

DOT MATRIX OF HUMANITY

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.

 

Documentation by Chris Bennie.

DATES

Sat 20 – Sat 27 Nov, 2021

OPENING EVENT
Sat 20 Nov | 4 – 6pm

VENUE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 20 Nov  10am – 10pm
Sun 21 Nov  CLOSED
Mon 22 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Tue 23 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Wed 24 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Thu 25 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Fri 26 Nov  8.30am – 5pm
Sat 27 Nov  10am – 6pm

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IN THE CUTS

IN THE CUTS

IN THE CUTS

by 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.

View the catalogue here

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated until 14 April 2022. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

Thu 2 Dec – Sat 18 Dec, 2021

Opening Event
Thu 2 Dec, 6pm – 8pm

VENUE

Gallery One 
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

The following hours are for Gallery One and Gallery Two.
The Window Gallery is open 24/7 for the duration of the exhibition. 
 
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 

 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

In the Cuts is presented in 2021 at Metro Arts, in collaboration with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Presented at Metro Arts in the Gallery Two at West Village by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Metro Arts. Supported by City of Sydney and Create NSW Azadeh Hamzeii: A Tool is a Tool was commissioned by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in collaboration with Metro Arts in 2020 for 4A Digital.

MAELSTROM

MAELSTROM

MAELSTROM

by Harrison Hall and Luca Dante

Presented as part of an exchange with [MARS] Gallery Melbourne

Maelstrom is a multi-channel, immersive 3D-animated experience that integrates sound with the choreography of digital humans.

Created by digital choreographer Harrison Hall and motion graphics artist Luca Dante, Maelstrom is a sombre meditation on the unseen, hidden and destabilising forces that transform us. 

Combining the motion capture of dancing bodies, 3D animation and physics engines with sound by experimental techno/ambient sound artist Pavel Milyakov (Russia), the work is experienced as a multi-channel projection and soundscape.

Hall undertook an expansive movement study in 2020 examining the impulses of the physical body under destabilising situations, feeding his body’s movements into the virtual plane. He extended this practice with 10 unique movers (dancers/martial artists) culminating in this final realisation of the project.

In Maelstrom, the vastness of time and space sets the scene for an unsettling dance of nameless skins. The uncanny movements of these digital embodiments forewarn us of the fragility of reality, as bodies fly and swirl in an absurd dance that warps earthly limits.  Neither here nor there, this dance exists in the volume between worlds, through pressures and forces to no particular place.

Maelstrom drags us like rag dolls from the present, flinging our flailing limbs onto the threshold of tomorrow. Into the vortex, we go down, further and deeper, we go down…

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more.

DATES

Thurs 2 Dec – Sat 18 Dec, 2021

OPENING EVENT
Thus 2 Dec 6pm – 8pm

VENUE

Gallery Two 
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

The following hours are for Gallery One and Gallery Two.
The Window Gallery is open 24/7 for the duration of the exhibition. 
 
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 

 

IMAGE CREDIT Luca Dante 

THE ARTISTS

Harrison Hall

Harrison Hall’s work situates contemporary performance and dance in experiential art environments, with recent works traversing states of flux between the digital and physical realms utilising new technologies to augment and abstract the body.

Through Chunky Move, he presented BONANZA!, a PerformancexDialogue media artwork created with Sam Mcgilp that included conversations with NAXS corp (Taiwanese audiovisual art collective) and Lu Yang (Chinese digital artist). This work was a 2021 Green Room Award Finalist and was selected for presentation at the 2021 Melbourne International Film Festival.

Harrison is an artist whose work is recognized both at home and abroad. In the past three years he has celebrated being selected for Taiwan’s ADAMLab, and been an artist in residence at the Kinosaki International Arts Centre in Japan. This year he shares a Creator’s Fund Research Grant from Creative Victoria alongside Sam Mcgilp.

Luca Dante

Luca Dante is a multidisciplinary 3D motion graphics artist based in Naarm (Melbourne). His works emphasise otherworldly design and transhuman concepts, through mixing themes of science fiction and distortion of the human body.

Having worked as a Graphics Designer earlier in his career, Luca brings a honed aesthetic to his work in motion graphics, and is currently employed by Art Centre Melbourne. He has been commissioned to create animation for major clients including Warner Australia, Youtube and Google, among others. 

His recent collaborations include working as lead animator on BONANZA!, a film by Harrison Hall and Sam Mcgilp that was a part of this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival commissioned by Chunky Move with Alpha60.

Sound: Pavel Milyakov

Featuring digitised movement from Yumi Umuimare, Anis Aziz, Parissah Ibrahimi Rerakis, Vivian Schmeider, Robert Tinning, Sov Ren, Imanuel Dado, Yuiko Masukawa and Aoife Carli Hannan.

Producer: Kristina Arnott

Technical Team: Blair Hart and Siobhain Geaney

 

 

 

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Maelstrom was commissioned as part of Chunky Move’s Activators program and was first developed through SOLITUDE 1, a funded research opportunity from Chunky Move in partnership with the Tanja Liedtke Foundation. Activators is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and the Australia Council for the Arts.

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

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Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

VOLUME: BODIES OF KNOWLEDGE

Curated by Torika Bolatagici

Presented by Metro Arts as part of an exchange with Bus Projects

This ambitious new work invites you to consider the body as an archive, and how embodied frequencies, cadences, and densities guide our movement through neo-colonial spaces.

Volume: Bodies of Knowledges is the latest Community Reading Room project and features new commissioned work by nine multidisciplinary First Nations, Black, global Indigenous artists. Shifting the focus from the written word as the privileged material of the archive, the artists in Volume invite us to consider the body as an archive and how embodied frequencies, cadences, and densities guide our movement through neo-colonial spaces to produce new ways of knowing and being. In the words of Julietta Singh, “the body archive is an attunement, a hopeful gathering, an act of love against the foreclosures of reason. It is a way of knowing the body-self as a becoming and unbecoming thing, of scrambling time and matter, of turning toward rather than against oneself.”

The colonial impulse fuels our “otherness” by separating us from our knowledges. As artists who exist at the nexus of varying intersections of marginality we have all felt the weight of of tokenism, or having our knowledges extracted from us by institutions who only allow entry to spaces when we arrive as abstractions, not embodied and not agentic humans. In the words of Shivanjani Lal, through the colonial project “we lost our bodies, we lost our sweetness and we lost our place in history.” (from Dursee Desh, Shivanjani Lal, 2021). Volume is a recovery – a recovery of our place in history; a return to mother tongues, a return to the knowledges that live in our flesh, in our relationships with our ancestors, our children, our kin, our environment, in attunement with ourselves and each other.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY READING ROOM

The Community Reading Room (CRR) was founded in 2013 by Fijian-Australian artist and educator, Torika Bolatagici and grew out of a community need for a collection and space for First Nations, Black, global Indigenous artists of colour to connect with each other and an archive of books and ephemera that privileged the creative practices of their kin, ancestors and peers. The CRR was established as a response to shared lived-experiences of practitioners and students who were (and continue to be) exhausted by a monocultural curriculum that ignored their presence, excluded their historical contributions and contemporary reference points. Over the past nine years, the CRR has evolved from a static collection, to one that incorporates a co-curated program of exhibitions and events to engage the public with the themes arising from the collection.

The CRR has been presented at Footscray Community Arts Centre, Arts House, Colour Box Studio, Testing Grounds and Metro Arts and engaged with public programming events with the Emerging Writers Festival, MUMA and MPavilion. With each iteration, Torika partners with artists and collectives who are interested in working outside formal institutional frameworks to create a counterspace for critical dialogue and alternative modes for creative practice and presentation. The ongoing project aims to create a life-affirming space that values and centres the breadth and depth of creative practices and art writing that exist outside the Western canon. It is intended as a safe space for marginalized folx to be in contemplation and in-conversation with each other without the weight of the institutional gaze.

Previous collaborators have included Reading Oceania; the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival; Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe; Still Nomads; this mob; Laniyuk; Black Birds, Mary Quinsacara; Denise Chapman; BLK School and Negro Speaks of Books among others. More than just a collection of books, the CRR is a discursive project and generates discussion about archives, the valuing of knowledges, the inclusivity of creative arts education and specifically how our institutions of knowledge privilege particular methodologies and ways of knowing.

Yaca by Emele Ugavule and Sereima Adimate.
HD Video, stereo sound, 5min32sec, 2022.
Gallery Two, Metro Arts.

Volume: Bodies of Knowledge.
Gallery One, Metro Arts.
Documentation by Louis Lim.

Please note: In line with Queensland Health regulations, all patrons and visitors at Metro Arts will be required to be fully vaccinated until 14 April 2022. Proof must be presented on entry to venue staff. Find out more here.

DATES

 Sat 12 Feb – Sat 19 Mar

PLEASE NOTE: Due to flood repairs, Gallery Two and part of this exhibition has had to close early. The rest of the works can be viewed in Gallery One and the Window Gallery for an extended period until 19 Mar.

VENUE

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

This exhibition is part of the Bus Projects x Metro Arts exchange, and an iteration of the exhibition will be exhibited at Bus Projects from 16 August – 17 September, 2022. In the first part of this exchange in 2021 Metro Arts presented At Arm’s Length by Queensland based Lacey-Law-Lobwein, which will be presented at Bus Projects from 12 April – 14 May, 2022.

Image Credit: Un-Braided Seeds of Home by Denise Chapman, 2022.

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 12 Feb 9am – 9pm
Sun 13 Feb CLOSED
Mon 14 Feb CLOSED
Tue 15 Feb 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 16 Feb 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 17 Feb 8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri 18 Feb 8:30am – 5:00pm
Sat 19 Feb 9:00am – 7:00pm
Sun 20 Feb CLOSED
Mon 21 Feb CLOSED
Tue 22 Feb
8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 23 Feb
8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 24 Feb
8:30am – 9:00pm
Fri 25 Feb
8:30am – 9:00pm
Sat 26 Feb
9:00am – 9:00pm
Sun 20 Feb CLOSED
Mon 21 Feb CLOSED
Tue 1 – Mon 7 Mar CLOSED
Tue 8 Mar 9:00am – 7:00pm
Wed 9 Mar 9:00am – 7:00pm
Thu 10 Mar 9:00am – 7:00pm
Fri 11 Mar 8:30am – 9:00pm
Sat 12 Mar 8:30am – 9:00pm
Sun 13 Mar CLOSED
Mon 14 Mar CLOSED
Tue 15 Mar 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 16 Mar 8:30am – 9:00pm
Thu 17 Mar 8:30am – 9:00pm
Fri 18 Mar 8:30am – 9:00pm
Sat 19 Mar 9:00am – 9:00pm

THE ARTISTS

Torika Bolatagici – Curator
Torika is a Naarm/Melbourne-based artist working across a range of media including photography, video, projection, publication and installation. Her work shifts between the languages of documentary, archival recovery, re-enactment and abstraction to explore tensions and intersections between gender, power, commodification, migration and globalisation. Torika also produces multidisciplinary projects centering the counter-narrative of marginalised histories and knowledges through curatorial collaboration, symposia and public programming. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria and the National Association of Visual Arts and her work has been exhibited in public and private institutions in San Francisco, New York, Miami, Taiwan, Mexico City, Yogyakarta and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia. Torika holds a PhD from the School of Art and Design (UNSW), is a current studio artist at Collingwood Yards and is a sessional lecturer in the School of Art at RMIT.

Denise Chapman
Denise Chapman is a counternarrative storyteller, spoken word poet, and critical autoethnographer who lectures in children’s literature / early literacy at Monash University. She has served as a literacy specialist focused on critical media literacy in Australia, Fiji, and the United States. Denise uses oral stories, children’s literature, poetry, and digital images as counternarrative windows for liberation. She is currently
exploring the lack of diverse transmedia stories for children and how this impacts children’s imagined possibilities.

Shivanjani Lal
Shivanjani Lal is a twice-removed Fijian-Indian-Australian artist and curator. As an artist living in Australia, she is tied to a long history of familial movement; her work uses personal grief to account for ancestral loss and trauma. She is a member of the indentured labourer diaspora from the Indian and Pacific oceans. She employs intimate images of family, sourced from photo albums, along with video and images from contemporary travels to the Asia-Pacific to reconstruct temporary landscapes. These landscapes act as shifting sites for diasporic healing – from which she emerges. A fundamental concern in the work is how art develops and represents culture as it transitions between contexts, while also probing the experiences of women in these situations of flux.

Emele Ugavule
Emele is of Tokelauan and Fijian descent. She is a multidisciplinary storyteller. Emele works across live performance, film, tv & digital media as a writer, director, producer, performer, educator and mentor. Her work explores creative processes and outcomes grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing, and nurturing the vā where where embodiment, cultural expression, digitisation and neuroscience intersect.

Ema Tavola
Ema (Dravuni – Fiji, Pākehā) is an artist-curator which she says mostly involved her being an arts manager, advocate and hype woman of Moana Oceania arts and culture. She is the Director of Vunilagi Vou, an independent exhibitions gallery and consultancy in South Auckland. She is also a māmā to her daughter, Lanuola. Recent curatorial projects include; A Maternal Lens (2018) for the 4th International Biennial of Casablanca (Morocco); Dravuni: Sivia yani na Vunilagi – Beyond the Horizon (2016/2018) for the New Zealand Maritime Museum and Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific (Fiji); Kaitani (2017) for The Physics Room (New Zealand).

Kelly Ka-Lai Chan
Kelly Ka-Lai Chan is a video ethnographer and educator who makes videos to tell stories about humans and more-than-humans. Kelly was a lecturer at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts & Hong Kong Art School before joining RMIT School of Education for her PhD study on using visual methods to explore subjectivities of artist-activists in Hong Kong.

Jane Chang Mi
As an artist and ocean engineer, Jane Chang Mi assesses the post-colonial ocean environment through interdisciplinary research. She examines the narratives associated with the underwater landscape considering the past, present, and future. Mi most often focuses on the occupation and militarization of the Pacific Ocean by the United States. This interest emerges from her background as an ocean engineer, a
field that is inextricably linked to the American military complex. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at Te Uru Waitakere and ST Paul Street Gallery in Aotearoa (New Zealand) in 2019. She has been a scientist at the Arctic Circle Program (2010), a recipient of the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts grant (2014), and a fellow at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (2012).

Laniyuk
Laniyuk was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. She was fortunate enough to contribute to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives as well as winning the Indigenous residency for Canberra’s Noted Writers Festival 2017. Laniyuk received Overland’s Writers Residency for 2018 as well as being shortlisted for Overland’s 2018 Nakata-Brophy poetry prize.

Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe
Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe is a Rwandan-British composer and multidisciplinary artist. Through her viewpoint as a synaesthetic “third-culture kid,” her research-based arts practice investigates the construction and archiving of culture through transcription into visual languages. Stéphanie uses music and performance practice to articulate these languages in a tangible, storytelling format, which enables cultural context to remain and be respected. Stéphanie is a presenter on ABC Classic radio program Passenger.

Lia Pa’apa’a
Lia Pa’apa’a is an artist whose ancestors hail from Samoa and the Luiseño nation of Southern California. Born and raised in Australia, Lia is committed to delivering innovative arts and cultural programming that support BIPOC communities. Lia is an artist Creative Producer and Community Arts Cultural Development practitioner working across art forms. Lia is developing her practice with a focus on ancestral arts and cultural practices that support mothers during the first 1000 days.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

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A-PART-MENT

A-PART-MENT

A-PART-MENT

By Petalia Humphreys

Presented by Metro Arts

Like a gift-wrapped box, A-part-ment is a playful exhibition of non-objective hard-edge geometric three-dimensional paintings.

“Apart” is considered the separation between parts, whereas “a part” refers to a fraction of a whole. “Ment” is the object, or result of an action. A-part-ment is the culmination of all these things, presented as a playful exhibition of non-objective hard-edge geometric three-dimensional paintings.

Like a gift-wrapped box, Humphreys’ cube paintings are the three-dimensional version of their two-dimensional counterparts. In conversation with each other they reveal the potential dimensionality of form.

The active objects invite the audience to engage in playful ways. Aiming to engage inquisitiveness and challenge perception through playful remapping of spaces her works spark curiosity and invite the viewer to renegotiate their experience of the familiar, exploring a physical remapping of space.

 

DATES

Tue 5 – Sat 30 Apr

SPECIAL OPENING EVENT
Fri 8 Apr, 6 – 8pm

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

Sun 20 Mar – Thur 7 Apr  CLOSED
Fri 8 Apr 
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat 9 Apr 
9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 10 Apr  CLOSED
Mon 11 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 12 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 13 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 14 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri 15 – Mon 18 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 19 Apr
 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 20 Apr 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 21 Apr 8:30am – 8:30pm
Fri 22 Apr 8:30am – 8:30pm
Sat 23 Apr 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 24 Apr  CLOSED
Mon 25 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 26 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 27 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 28 Apr 
8:30am – 8:30pm
Fri 29 Apr 
8:30am – 8:30pm
Sat 30 Apr 
9:00am – 8:00pm

Image courtesy of the artist.

THE ARTIST

Petalia Humphreys creates what might be considered three-dimensional paintings – reductive abstract paintings that reveal a concern for location, colour, light and space. Site-specific works reveal concern for the physical mapping of spaces, of spatial and perceptual shifts. Humphreys’ hard-edge, geometric forms encourage an interactive approach, inviting the audience to engage in playful ways, considering ways of looking, perceiving and viewing. Working with building materials, Humphreys’ practice spans from small-scale hand-crafted paintings through to large site-specific public art installations.

Petalia Humphreys lives and works on Gubbi Gubbi land. Born and raised in Queensland, she graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Art, Visual Art (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts) in the late 1990s. Humphreys has worked as art educator
and has exhibited at the Brisbane Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Metro Arts, and Brisbane Powerhouse.

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THIS LIGHT

THIS LIGHT

THIS LIGHT

By Joseph Burgess

Presented by Metro Arts

Inspired by the spontaneous use of light in collective protest against police brutality, This Light remediates a scene of protest during the height of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests.

Presented as a single large-scale tufted carpet work, this exhibition examines the use of cellphones as a luminescent form of protest that represents both connection and tension, and the ephemeral exchange of lightness and darkness.

Portland-born artist Joseph Burgess uses the carpet gun to soften the American passion for firearms exemplified in the second amendment. He seeks to disarm the mindset of patriotic gun-ownership and explore other collective possibilities, among the tufts.

This Light, Gallery One, Metro Arts

DATES

Fri 8 – Sat 30 Apr

SPECIAL OPENING EVENT
Fri 8 Apr, 6 – 8pm

ARTIST TALK
Thu 28 Apr, 6 – 7pm

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

Sun 20 Mar – Thur 7 Apr  CLOSED
Fri 8 Apr 
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat 9 Apr 
9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 10 Apr  CLOSED
Mon 11 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 12 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 13 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 14 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri 15 – Mon 18 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 19 Apr
 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 20 Apr 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 21 Apr 8:30am – 8:30pm
Fri 22 Apr 8:30am – 8:30pm
Sat 23 Apr 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 24 Apr  CLOSED
Mon 25 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 26 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 27 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 28 Apr 
8:30am – 8:30pm
Fri 29 Apr 
8:30am – 8:30pm
Sat 30 Apr 
9:00am – 8:00pm

Image Credit: This Light (Detailed View), Joseph Burgess, 2021. Photo by Thomas Oliver, with thanks to the National Rug Association.

THE ARTIST

Joseph was born in Portland, Oregon and currently lives and works in Meanjin (Brisbane), Australia. His diverse practice includes sound engineering, composition and at times large scale fabrication. Operating as Unregistered Master Builder he produces music and visual media on collaborative projects that have been featured at Vivid, Bleach, Nextwave and other festivals. He is a director at KEPK space in Yeerongpilly and works as an artist in the studio between sound and his visual practice. 

Joseph’s current work consists of a series of tufted carpets interrogating the second amendment of the constitution of the United States. Which has impacted his life directly in the form of an unlawful attack by the Portland Police in 2009. Having been the victim of police brutality he has come to consider the posturing of this amendment and further the values that this “liberty” exists in service of.

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LITTORALIS

LITTORALIS

LITTORALIS

By Anita Holtsclaw

Presented by Metro Arts

Exploring concepts of recollection, memory, simulation, Littoralis creates a personal journey through the landscape into a grove of sheoaks.

Using digitsed 16mm film, this installation offers an expanded field of vision for the viewer to navigate, creating a personal connection to the sheoak tree in the coastal ecosystem.

From their roots deeply embedded into the sand to the whistling of the wind through their fronds, Littoralis explores concepts of recollection, memory, simulation, and sight engendered by the framing of the coastal landscape.

DATES

 Fri 8 – Sat 30 Apr

SPECIAL OPENING EVENT
Fri 8 Apr, 6 – 8pm

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

Sun 20 Mar – Thur 7 Apr  CLOSED
Fri 8 Apr 
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Sat 9 Apr 
9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 10 Apr  CLOSED
Mon 11 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 12 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 13 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 14 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Fri 15 – Mon 18 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 19 Apr
 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 20 Apr 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 21 Apr 8:30am – 8:30pm
Fri 22 Apr 8:30am – 8:30pm
Sat 23 Apr 9:00am – 8:00pm
Sun 24 Apr  CLOSED
Mon 25 Apr  CLOSED
Tue 26 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Wed 27 Apr 
8:30am – 5:00pm
Thu 28 Apr 
8:30am – 8:30pm
Fri 29 Apr 
8:30am – 8:30pm
Sat 30 Apr 
9:00am – 8:00pm

Image Credit: Littoralis (Film Still) by Anita Holtsclaw, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

THE ARTIST

Anita Holtsclaw grew up on the volcanic shores of Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Bailai country. Her works explore our relationship to the poetic coastal landscape. Embracing the emotive qualities of moving-image media and sound, she creates embodied works that offer an expanded field of vision for the viewer to navigate. Her artwork is conceived and made on the unceeded lands and flowing waters of the Yuggera, Jagera, Turrbal, Yugambeh, Quandamooka, Taribelang Bunda, Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang, and Bailai people where Anita lives and swims.

Holtsclaw’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at respected venues including: the Museum of Brisbane 2022, CARPARK Gallery, Brisbane, 2021; Citè International des Arts, Paris, 2017; The Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2015; The Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2013-14; Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2012. She has undertaken international residencies at: No.w.here Lab, London; Citè International des Arts, Paris; and Café Tissardmine, Morocco.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

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

SUBTITLE IRAN

5 – 26 JUN / EXHIBITION
This research-based photo series that explores the ways Western film and television has perceived Iran, mainly before and after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

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OLD HAUNTS

5 – 26 JUN / EXHIBITION
ANTHEM ARI aims to provide a dedicated platform to celebrate the practices of First Nations, diasporic, and LGBTQI+ identifying artists of colour in Australia.

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777-ELEVEN

2 DEC 2021 – 9 JAN 2022 / EXHIBITION
Joaquin Gonzales presents 777-Eleven, a Catholicised convenience store selling all the Catholic necessities nobody asked for.

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THE WEATHERMAN

6 – 24 JUL / EXHIBITION
The Weatherman is a new video work that proposes an experimental approach to queer remembrance.

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MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

3 – 26 SEPT | EXHIBITION
Brisbane’s hottest contemporary artists give up-cycling new meaning in this innovative exhibition.

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soul-hole

20 – 27 NOV / EXHIBITION
The everyday and the sacred are united in this intimate exploration of spirituality and girlhood.

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IN THE CUTS

2 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
Azadeh Hamzeii presents new work commissioned by Metro Arts in association with 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.

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MAELSTROM

2 – 18 DEC / EXHIBITION
This multi-channel, immersive 3D-animated experience integrates sound with the choreography of digital humans.

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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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DUNGEON MASTER

10 – 1 MAY / EXHIBITION
Featuring drawings created based on the rules of Dungeons and Dragons, Dungeon Master aims to examine the unclear boundary between fantasy and reality in online spaces.

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LOL

10 – 17 APR / EXHIBITION
LOL features artists responding to the concept ‘Lol’ – often used as an acronym for ‘laugh out loud’ but is also sometimes misread as ‘lots of love’.

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SEDIMENT

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Sediment brings together the work of five contemporary artists who utilise collage as an aesthetic to consider human transformation of the environment.

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OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

6 -9 MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Take a turn around the Riverbend to Ferryman’s Hut where Helle Cook draws on the atmospheric and affecting presence of the hut.

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Bridging The In-Between

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Bridging the In-between explores the intersections of meteorology, technology and spatiotemporal experience.

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Ambit

8 – 30 MAY / EXHIBITION
Parallel Park (Tay Haggarty and Holly Bates) present a new video work continuing their ongoing interest in queer formations of intimacy and collaboration.

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LIGHT AFFECTION

15 + 16 – MAY | FERRYMAN’S HUT
Helle’s exhibition Light Affection will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience

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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.