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ARTIST TALK: HELLE COOK

ARTIST TALK: HELLE COOK

ARTIST TALK: HELLE COOK

Presented by Metro Arts

Dive a little deeper into Light Affection with this artist talk by Helle Cook.

Take a turn around the Riverbend to Ferryman’s Hut where Artist-in-Residence Helle Cook draws on the atmospheric and affecting presence of the hut, the river and Brisbane (Meanjin). During her residency Helle’s exhibition Light Affection, will invigorate Ferryman’s Hut with ephemeral installations through a lens of light and sensory experience, created by diaphanous painting on sheer natural fabric.

Join Helle during her residency for an artist talk where she will discuss the themes and ideas behind this extraordinary exhibition.

WHERE

The Ferryman’s Hut, 29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe

DATES

3pm, Sun 16 May

Details: Light Affection. Helle Cook, behind sheer textile painting. 2020. Image credit: Rachael Wellisch.

THE ARTIST

Helle Cook

Helle Cook’s art practice explores the embodied and sensory experience of light, place and belonging in expanded painting. Helle’s practice expands beyond the studio as she regularly embarks on field trips into nature. Here she creates, installs and documents her diaphanous textile paintings in the landscape as to enact enquiry, environmental awareness and sensory experience. The exploration informs her practice when she brings the ephemeral memories back into the studio.

The enquiry into the sensory experience of light, place and belonging is intercultural and Helle has undertaken artist residencies in Australia, Italy and Denmark. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours from Queensland College of Art (QCA) and has had solo- and group exhibitions in Queensland, Victoria and Denmark.

VISITING US

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OPEN STUDIO: AARON CHAPMAN

OPEN STUDIO: AARON CHAPMAN

OPEN STUDIO: AARON CHAPMAN

Presented by Metro Arts

Join Aaron Chapman in the studio and explore his new body of work, A Wet Finger to the Wind.

A Wet Finger to the Wind celebrates and mourns the colourful imagination of childhood innocence by reinterpreting photographs through the lens of a childhood craft.

The Norman Park Substation residency will see Chapman’s photographic enquiries of home(s) reimagined in a tactile manner through a limited palette of coloured perler beads. Chapman will individually place tens of thousands of perler beads (which are then fused together with a household iron) to engender meditative, reflective and domestic acts.

Chapman’s bond to home was significantly amplified since becoming a father and fatherless. It’s these significant life events that inform the developing work of A Wet Finger to the Wind and its attention to home, intimacy, refuge and childhood.

All are welcome to see works completed during the residency and to learn more about Aaron’s work and his process.

WHERE

Norman Park Substation 
97 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park

DATES

29 – 30 May

Sat 10am – 4pm
Sun 10am – 2pm

THE ARTIST

Aaron Chapman

Aaron Chapman is an artist and writer based on the Gold Coast, Australia working across a range of mediums including photography, sculpture and public art. Chapman’s work is motivated by themes of home and memory, and in particular, childhood. Chapman’s photography blends fine art and documentary languages and has appeared at Head On Photo Festival, Centre for Contemporary Photography and Bleach* Festival. In 2019, Chapman was a Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize semi-finalist and a finalist in the Australian Life Photography Competition at Art & About Sydney. In 2020, he was a finalist in Perth Centre for Photography’s CLIP Award and received the judge’s commendation award. As well as presenting both small and large sculptures at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2020, the majority of the year was spent in research and development for a large public art outcome to be evidenced in 2021. Chapman was also the recipient of a major commission to create new work for exhibition at the new $60M HOTA Gallery (under construction), the largest gallery outside a capital city. Chapman attended Griffith University where he received the School of Humanities Writing Prize in 2015. His poetry and prose has appeared in international publications and Australian literary journals. He is a current Executive Committee member of Asia Pacific Writers & Translators (APWT) and maintains a high level of engagement in, and commitment to the local visual arts and writing communities by delivering educational programs and workshops.

VISITING US

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OPEN AIR: TORIN FRANCIS + LILY WHITAKER

OPEN AIR: TORIN FRANCIS + LILY WHITAKER

OPEN AIR: TORIN FRANCIS + LILY WHITAKER

Presented by Metro Arts in association with Museum of Brisbane

An informal catchup with artists Torin Francis and Lily Whitaker.

Join artists Torin Francis and Lily Whitaker, for an informal artist forum and a final opportunity to see their current projects at Metro Arts, West Village. Building from the unique experience and themes, each artist and their work, the discussion will be focused on the challenges and opportunities afforded when presenting artistic projects outside of traditional four-walled gallery contexts, to which these three artists bring unique themes and experience.

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

DATES

4pm, Sun 30 May

Image courtesy the artist, Torin Francis.

THE ARTIST

Torin Francis is a Brisbane based artist originally from London. His practice considers the devices we use to quantify, navigate, and comprehend the way in which the passing of time is perceived and experienced. This engagement with these mechanisms is explored through poetic relationships between objects and space in site-responsive installations, kinetic sculpture, assemblage, and moving image works. Francis re-evaluates and re-contextualises objects in both outdoor and indoor spaces. Natural phenomena, such as wind, weather and the environment, are used to harness outcomes, and material remnants from previous work are used in assemblages within the gallery space. Torin graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2017 with First Class Honours. Recent solo exhibitions include BLINDSIDE Gallery, Melbourne (2019), Milani Gallery, Carpark, Brisbane (2019) and Gyre, Metro Arts, Brisbane (2019).

Lillian Whitaker is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based visual artist and musician who’s practice adopts an environmental perspective. Whitaker analyses aspects of ecology with a specific focus on themes of symbiosis, mutualism and parasitism within European honeybee colonies. Through affective art experiences, Whitaker aims to highlight the importance of ecological balance in the context of a human-induced Anthropocene. Whitaker uses practical field-work methods whereby she carefully observes ecological phenomena and links these to conducted scientific research. This involves collaborating with bee colonies to create physical sculpture and soundscapes. 

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EXHIBITIONS 2020

EXHIBITIONS 2020

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

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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

VISITING US

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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. 

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DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?

DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING?

CURATED BY HEIDI LEFEBVRE, KATY B PLUMMER AND LUKE LETOURNEAU

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.

Each work in the exhibition both meditates on the way our culture creates memory and intervenes in how we understand ourselves within those memories. It contains works from 15 artists in various mediums, including sculpture and video.

View the digital catalogue HERE

WHERE

Main Gallery

WHEN

30 January – 16 February 2019
Opening Night: 30 January, 6pm
Curator’s Talk: 30 January, 5:30pm

KEY CREATIVES

Artists: Liam Benson and Cassandra Bird, Dean Cross, Beth Dillon, George Haddad, Heidi Lefebvre, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Luke O’Connor, Katy B Plummer, Em Size, Marcia Swaby, Alexander Tanazefti, Athena Thebus, Amanda Wolf and Zoe Wong.
Curators: Heidi Lefebvre, Katy B Plummer and Luke Létourneau.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Kudos Gallery and Arc @ UNSW Art & design.
This project has been supported by the Kudos Gallery and Arc @ UNSW Art & Design.

THE ARTISTS

Liam Benson

Liam Benson is a performance artist who documents his work through embroidery, photography, video and new media. Benson’s work deconstructs the social perceptions of gender, race, culture, sexuality and identity by cross-referencing art, popular culture and media language. His work serves to celebrate the evolution of these social archetypes and explore the possibilities within the cross influence of socially entrenched identities and cultural and sub-cultural amalgamation. Liam Benson is represented by Arterial Gallery, Sydney. 

Cassandra Bird

Cassandra Bird is the Asscociate Director at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.

Dean Cross

Dean Cross is a First Nations trans-disciplinary artist. He has been formally trained in both Contemporary Dance and Sculpture, and works across the sculptural and pictorial fields. Through this he attempts to re-evaluate and re-construct what it means to be Australian in the 21st Century, and how that fits within our globalised world. Dean was born and raised on Ngunnawal country, however his ancestral roots lie within the Worimi Nation.

Beth Dillon

Beth Dillon is a master of creative pursuits and time management. She’s an artist interested in the comic, the strange and the beautiful. Her work explores expressive ambiguities of the performing body, visual constructions of place and identity, and potential roles of the artist in contemporary society. Beth has travelled the world and uses photography, video, performance and installation to explore her subject matter. In addition to a bourgeoning solo career, Beth is also a founding member of a Sydney-based trio of emerging artists called 110%.

George Haddad

George Haddad is a Sydney based writer who is currently studying a Creative Arts Doctorate at Western Sydney University. His debut novella Populate and Perish was the winner of the 2016 Viva La Novella Prize.

Heidi Lefebvre

Heidi Lefebvre makes drawings, costumes, props and writes short plays. Exploring themes of performance and arts place in history, she cross references literary imagery with popular cultural. The results are installations that look olde worlde and drawings that simmer with narrative. Heidi can often be found spinning straw into gold. 

heidilefebvre.com

Daniel Mudie Cunningham

Daniel Mudie Cunningham is a Sydney-based artist, curator and cultural critic, active since the mid-1990s. His practice draws upon and remixes the image streams of art history, queer politics, pop culture, performance and music through video and performance.

Luke O’Connor

Luke O’Connor is a Sydney-based artist working in the medium of ceramics. Luke creates works that reference the utilitarian language embedded in the history of ceramics while presenting objects that are formally and functionally ambiguous. In reimagining the traditional ceramic ideology, with its peculiarities and willfulness, the artist both challenges and pays homage to the craft.

Katy B Plummer

Katy B Plummer makes video, sculpture and installations. She looks for the moment that fervent conviction and striving either ascends to glory, or tips into bathos. Basically, she likes high drama with its pants around its ankles. She tells complicated stories about love and revolution and she can often be found pretending to be some kind of animal.

katybplummer.com

Em Size

Em Size is an experimental non-fiction writer based in Sydney, currently interested in the infrastructures that shape the arts, relationships, sexuality and desire. Their interested in modes of writing that develop in the commons, as part of a feedback loop of reading and writing– most of their writing in some way references the utopian, DIY politico-poetics of fanfiction.

Marcia Swaby

Marcia Swaby is a contemporary jewelry maker working in Sydney. They recently completed a research project which culminated in the exhibition Haptic Tactility, at UNSw Art and Design. The works interpret unknown ancestors, inspired by her interpretation and interaction with ancient Taino statues housed in the British museum.

Alexander Tanazefti

Alexander Tanazefti is a Sydney based artist and designer interested in systems and their functions.

Athena Thebus

Athena Thebus’ practice spans sculpture, drawing, and writing. Her practice is driven by the desire to generate an atmosphere by which queer life is sustainable. Part of figuring that out is to make sculptures and installations that use materials that are connotative of capitalism’s excess, nuanced with past shame and queer hope. Presently, her writing practice involves feeling like a dog and swimming in other people’s waters. She is a Scorpio with a Sagittarius rising and a Capricorn moon.

Amanda Wolf

Amanda Wolf is a contemporary artist who engages with themes related to the body. The foundation of Wolf’s work lies in the process of hand sewing which is used to create large scale soft sculptures, costumes and stop motion animations. Wolf graduated with First Class Honours from the Queensland College of Art in 2013 and holds a Diploma of Fine Art from the Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (2005).

Zoe Wong

Zoe Wong’s practice explores her half Chinese, half Australian heritage as well as her queer identity through photographic appropriation and mixed media installations. Her work illustrates the complexities behind the influence that pop culture has on society’s notions of race and identity and how we perceive ourselves through representation in mass media. 

Luke Létourneau

Luke Létourneau is a writer and curator working in Sydney. His independent practice has engaged with screens cultures, genre, sweat, queer space and time and technological kurfuffles. In 2017-18 he sits on the management and editorial committee of Runway Australian Experimental Art Journal.

lukeletourneau.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

This project has been supported by the Kudos Gallery and Arc @ UNSW Art & Design.

A TREASURED PRIVATE NOTEBOOK

A TREASURED PRIVATE NOTEBOOK

BY THEA JONES AND ELLA SOWINSKA

A treasured private notebook responds to Ella Sowinska, and Thea Jones’ shared childhood experience of discovering the secret writing practices of their mothers.

Both Sowinska and Jones actively engage with their mother’s creative practices for this exhibition. Sowinska’s film, 80 Ways, is an observational video work documenting the on-set collaboration between the artist and her mother as they work together to dramatise a chapter of Sowinska’s mother’s erotic novel, written under the pseudonym Sandy Mayflower. Jones’ new work is a large scale textile installation responding to an essay written by her mother. In 2017, Jones approached her mother to write an essay to accompany a work exploring nostalgia as a coping mechanism for trauma. Hoping for a scathing review of family farm dynamics and conservative racist rural politics, she instead received a touching story about death, loss, and the function of nostalgia. This new work is hand embroidered with an excerpt of text from her mother’s essay, as well as the motif of the Paterson’s Curse invasive weed. Paterson’s Curse covers the landscape surrounding Thea’s mother’s childhood home with a blanket of purple flowers. It has been an ongoing theme in Jones’s recent works as a representational motif for European colonisation, and a subsequent critical investigation and deconstruction of her own role in this as a white woman.

 

View the digital catalogue HERE

WHERE

Main Gallery

WHEN

27 February 2019 – 16 March 2019
Opening
27 February, 6pm
Artist Talk
27 February, 5:30pm

KEY CREATIVES

Artists: Thea Jones and Ella Sowinska

Essays by Rosie Funder and Diego Ramirez will accompany this exhibition.

Image Credit: 80 Ways (still) by Ella Sowinska, 2018. Image courtesy the artist.

THE ARTISTS

Ella Sowinska

Ella Sowinska is an artist and filmmaker whose work is guided by the theoretical discourses of documentary and reality television. Working predominately in video, installation and occasionally performance, Ella addresses the impact that the constructed situation has upon these social relationships. Her work explores the power dynamics between director or artist and actor, participant or contestant by drawing attention to the often-constructed situation. Recent projects have been concerned with the representation of intimacy and desire in non-fiction screen based works from a queer perspective. Ella graduated with an Honours degree in fine art from MADA at Monash University in 2013, and a Masters degree in film and television from The Victorian College of the Arts in 2018. Ella lives and works in Naarm Melbourne on the unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation.

ellasowinska.com

Thea Jones

Thea Jones is an artist with a background in philosophy. She is broadly interested in post-structuralism and theories of language, particularly through a feminist lens. She often utilises textiles and traditional craft techniques to explore these themes. Recent projects have responded to folklore and amateur rural histories surrounding the region in NSW where her maternal family has lived for over 100 years. Recent exhibitions include: Jane’s Salvation (Paterson’s Curse) at TCB, 2017; nul at Bus Projects, 2017; and Everything Spring, curated by Julia Murphy at The Honeymoon Suite, 2017.

thea-jones.com

Rosie Funder

Rosie Funder is a non-fiction writer. Her work has been published in the Griffith Review, the Lifted Brow and un Magazine. In 2018 she was a Griffith Review fellow.
Rosie is a guest speaker at the artist talk on 27 February 5:30pm, and also contributed a catalogue essay. 

Diego Ramirez

Diego Ramirez is an artist and writer interested in terror as a response to the Other. He has held solo exhibitions and individual screenings locally and internationally at the Australian Centre for The Moving Image; MARS Gallery; and Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography. Group shows include Art Central Hong Kong; Torrance Art Museum; WRO Media Art Biennale; Hong-Gah Museum; and Careof. Ramirez’s writing features in A+a: Art and Australia; Runway Journal; and Critical Contemporary Culture Journal. He co-edited the booklet *dumb brunette vol.1. Ramirez is represented by MARS Gallery.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

LOVE ME, LOVE ME

LOVE ME, LOVE ME

BY OLIVIA LACEY

Love Me, Love Me engages with romantic dialogues as examples of intersubjective language that are repeatedly played out across pop cultural formats. The central work in the exhibition, Give Me All Your Love (2019), consists of an appropriated lyric from a love song, re-presented as an installation of hand-punched confetti suspended between clear acrylic letters. Installed alongside balloons and streamers, the confetti aims to capture a moment in time and evoke the simultaneous feelings of anticipation and disappointment that are associated with confessions of love. The work appropriates lyrics in order to explore ambiguity around the subjects of romantic confession in popular music: who is being addressed? In their open meaning these lyrics become an opportunity for the projection of our own desires.

WHERE

Gallery 2

WHEN

27 Feb – 16 March 2019
Opening 27 Feb 6pm – 8pm

Hero image credit: Confetti by Olivia Lacey, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

THE ARTIST

Olivia Lacey

Olivia Lacey employs processes of transcription and translation to explore the ambiguities, slippages or humour that can arise in interpersonal interactions. Her works combine referents appropriated from art historical texts, pop music lyrics and everyday conversations in order to examine romantic dialogue as an intersubjective space of exchange. These explorations are primarily realised as multi-channel video works and wall-based text installations. She frequently employs party decorations, disco lighting and reflective materials in order to evoke the immersive spaces of karaoke rooms. Lacey graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. In 2018, she completed a residency with 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo. Recent group exhibitions include Future Proof (2018), Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space; Hatched: National Graduate Show (2018), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts; and Maybe We Could Meet Again (2018), 3331 Arts Chiyoda.

Artist website: olivialacey.com.au

YAAD KARO

YAAD KARO

BY SHIVANJANI LAL

Yaad Karo: To remember, to stitch together and piece fragments of history for both collective and individual remembrance. To recenter knowledge, to account for colonial and personal histories. To allow something invisible to become visible. To hold space for ancestors – past, present and future.

Yaad Karo is a new work by Shivanjani Lal which looks at the history of migration that links her personal history to the indentured labour communities of India and the Pacific. Through a process-driven practice that uses labour as a tool to account for the trajectories of labour across oceans, Lal uses stitching to create visible links that record the journeys made by her community and herself: connecting and remaking the lines of connection. In looking at shipping documents and in using a map which centres Australia between these oceans, she reframes this history by acknowledging the role of Australia as the localised colonial presence.

 

View the digital catalogue HERE.

WHERE

Main Gallery

WHEN

27 March – 13 April 2019
Opening Night:
27 March 6pm
Artist talk:
13 April 3pm, in conversation with Sancintya Mohini Simpson

Image credit: Yaad Karo by Shivanjani Lal, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

ARTIST

Shivanjani Lal

Shivanjani Lal is a twice removed Fijian Indian Australian artist whose history is intrinsically linked to the indentured labour diaspora of Asia and the Pacific. She works across mediums to explore her cultural dislocation, which seeks to account for memory, erasure, healing, and the archive.

Currently Lal uses spatial and material activations along with video to create documents which analyse her personal narratives in the broader context of the social history which brought her family from India to Fiji and now to Australia. This is done in an effort to redefine the history of the Indo-Fijian Community away from the narratives produced by the current political climate in both Fiji and India.

Her current research posits that history has obliterated and obfuscated the communal memory of her community but that her body and the landscapes she is from hold onto both.

Artist website: shivanjani-lal.tumblr.com

PAINTINGS

PAINTINGS

BY CHRISTINE MORROW

Christine Morrow produces multi-part painted configurations out of canvases that fasten together by means of zippers. Each component is a monochrome canvas in the tradition of reductive painting (Formalism and Minimalism). However, the accumulative work exploits the material qualities of the painter’s canvas and stretcher frame to create dynamic, three-dimensional modular structures.

Morrow’s theoretical concern is with the history of painting in the West after the late 19th century. Throughout Modernism, painting has reinstated a relationship of mutuality with the gallery wall by cultivating flatness and seriality, thereby internalising the conditions of the wall on which it is shown. Morrow carves a new space for reductive painting that embraces both acceptance and denial of gallery walls as painting’s architectural support and it’s symbolic condition or governing logic.

WHERE

Gallery 2

WHEN

27 March – 13 April 2019

THE ARTIST

Christine Morrow

Christine Morrow has held exhibitions in London, Rome and Edinburgh. In Australia, she has participated in group and solo exhibitions at Metro Arts (Brisbane), ACCA (Melbourne), CAST (Hobart), IMA (Brisbane), Performance Space (Sydney), West Space (Melbourne) and in the Adelaide Biennial (Art Gallery of South Australia). She was a finalist in the Moet and Chandon prize and a previous winner (overall) of both the Churchie Prize for emerging art and the Logan Art Award. She has undertaken international residencies through the AGNSW, the Australia Council and the Accademia Britannica; and domestic residencies at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne) and Artspace (Sydney).

Morrow co-founded and co-directed Blindside artist-run space in Melbourne. She curated the Australian artists for the Tenth Havana Biennial (Cuba). She has curated for institutions (Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Victorian Arts Centre Melbourne and Verge Gallery Sydney) as well as for festivals including the Melbourne International Festival and the Brisbane Festival.

This is Pep Too!

This is Pep Too!

BY HAILEY ATKINS

In This is Pep Too! Hailey Atkins presents a body of new sculptural works and drawings that revise the meaning of ‘pep’ to incorporate the reality of failure and anxiety. Drawing on the personal and borrowing from the everyday, Atkins uses playful colour and form to articulate experiences that occur at the intersection of failure, doubt and defiant enthusiasm. Where naïve motivational rhetoric marches blindly forward, and smirking satire marches stubbornly on the spot, the work in This Is Pep Too! huffs and huddles and meanders. It thrusts its hand skyward and just as quickly retracts and takes cover. It offers an alternate version of the world where the awkwardness and absurdity of ‘not-knowing’ is embraced and expectation is given the flick.

ADDITIONAL EVENTS:
There will also be additional FREE events on 18th May as part of BAD 2019, including an artist talk and screening – ALL WELCOME!

Screening of Postcard eXotica by Diego Ramirez / Saturday 18th May, 1pm in Metro Arts Gallery 2
Postcard eXotica is a 30 minute cinematic re-enactment of a collection of vintage American postcards produced circa 1900-1930s that depict Mexican stereotypes. The work seeks to think through the Western gaze by approaching the pictures as movie scenes and revealing the condition of their making – particularly the way they are scripted, staged, lit and filmed. In a broader manner, the video pastiches early cinema, contemporary pop and horror to trace the ways in which these ideas manifest today.

Artist Talks / Saturday 18th May, 2-3pm in Metro Arts Gallery
Meet and hear from the studio artists and visiting artists at Metro Arts. Join Hailey Atkins for a casual tour of her exhibition and hear about the ideas and processes that inform her practice. Following the tour, join local artist Anastasia Booth, and visiting Melbourne-based artist Diego Ramirez as part of an in-conversation series.

WHERE

Main Gallery

WHEN

8 May – 25 May 2019

Image credit: Trophy for potato by Hailey Atkins, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist.

THE ARTIST

Hailey Atkins

 

Hailey is a Brisbane based sculptural artist. She graduated at Queensland College of Art in 2016 (Bachelor of Fine Art, Hons – Class I) and has since exhibited frequently in Queensland, as well as interstate (Sydney, Hobart) and internationally (Utrecht, Rotterdam, NL) and is currently represented by har.art in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Hailey was selected as a finalist of Churchie Emerging Art Prize in 2018 and is co- founder and director of Wreckers Artspace in Brisbane.

 

Artist Website: haileyatkins.com

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We’re BAD | This event is part of BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2019, an initiative of Museum of Brisbane.