PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

PAST EXHIBITIONS 2021

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

NEW FOR OLD

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

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NIGHT DANCERS

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

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ADAPT

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

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A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

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

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THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

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

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AT ARM’S LENGTH

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

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CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

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

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FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

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

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NEW FOR OLD

NEW FOR OLD

CURATED BY KYLE WEISE

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

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

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

WHEN

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

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

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

WHERE

Gallery One and Gallery Two
Metro Arts

PRICE

FREE

VISITING US

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

Jeron Braxton 

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

Stanton Cornish-Ward

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

Trent Crawford

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

Susan Hawkins

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

Danny Jarratt

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

Daniel McKewen

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

Penelope Umbrico

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

NIGHT DANCERS

NIGHT DANCERS

BY ELISA JANE CARMICHAEL

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

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

WHERE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts @ West Village

WHEN

14 October 2020 – 23 January 2021

Image by Louis Lim. 

PRICE

FREE

VISITING US

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

THE ARTIST

Elisa Jane Carmichael

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


Elisa Jane Carmichael is represented by Onespace Gallery, Brisbane.
 

ADAPT

ADAPT

ADAPT

Presented by Metro Arts

By Paula Dunlop

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

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

DATES

Sat 6 Feb – Thu 18 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

VISITING US

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. 

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

Presented by Metro Arts

By Ursula Larin

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

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

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

 

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

OPENING EVENT

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

GALLERY HOURS

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

THE ARTISTS

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

VISITING US

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 LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

Presented by Metro Arts

By David Attwood

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

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

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

 

Image by Jordan Halsall

GALLERY HOURS

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

THE ARTISTS

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

VISITING US

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

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

AT ARM’S LENGTH

Presented by Metro Arts

By Lacey-Law-Lobwein

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

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

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

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

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

THE ARTISTS

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

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

VISITING US

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. 

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

Presented by CTRL+ALT+DEL and Metro Arts

Curated by Conscious Mic, Bindimu And Fern Collective

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

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

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Thu 25 – Sun 28 Mar, 2021

VENUE

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

 

Image by Tai Bobongie.

VISITING US

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

FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

FLIGHT INTO THE UNKNOWN

Presented by Metro Arts

By Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer

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

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

DATES

Sat 6 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

Gallery Two, Metro Arts

OPENING EVENT

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

GALLERY HOURS

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

Remainder of Exhibition:

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

THE ARTISTS

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

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.