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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. 

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.

 

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.

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. 

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.

read more

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.

read more

THE WEATHERMAN

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

read more

MECHANICS OF ADAPTION

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

read more

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.

read more

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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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

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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

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A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

A DROWNING SIM’S CRY FOR HELP

Presented by Metro Arts

By Ursula Larin

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

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

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

 

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sat 27 Feb, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One, Metro Arts

OPENING EVENT

Sat 6 Feb      4 – 10pm

GALLERY HOURS

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

THE ARTISTS

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

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THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

THE LAST BASTION OF LAZINESS

Presented by Metro Arts

By David Attwood

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

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

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Sat 6 – Sun 21 Mar, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

 

Image by Jordan Halsall

GALLERY HOURS

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

THE ARTISTS

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

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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, 2022.

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

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CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

CTRL+ALT+DEL: SHIFT

Presented by CTRL+ALT+DEL and Metro Arts

Curated by Conscious Mic, Bindimu And Fern Collective

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

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

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

DATES

Thu 25 – Sun 28 Mar, 2021

VENUE

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

 

Image by Tai Bobongie.

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against perfection (fissures and dust)

against perfection (fissures and dust)

against perfection (fissures and dust)

Presented by STABLE and Metro Arts

Curated by STABLE (Bridie Gillman and Kylie Spear) | Artwork by Marisa Georgiou

Working with concrete as an element to shake free the possibilities of systems, environments, identities and bodies that are hardening, cracking and viscous… what can emerge from the fissures and dust?

Artist Marisa Georgiou
Voice & Contemplation Mary McIntyre
Sound Design Sonny O’Brien
Scent Cat Jones
Curators STABLE (Bridie Gillman and Kylie Spear)

 

DATES

Sat 10 – Sat 24 Apr, 2021

Opening Event:
4 – 6pm, Sat 10 Apr

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

This exhibition contains an audio experience intended to be played on individual smartphones. We respectfully ask that visitors bring their own headphones. 

THE ARTISTS

Marisa Artist 
Marisa is an inter-disciplinary artist who weaves together diverse strategies for living, or coping, well in their current situation (urban, neoliberal, anthropocentric, colonial…) They work across disciplines such as embodied movement, social practice and installation both inside and outside institutional contexts, and often collaboratively. They aim to forefront knowledge systems that are often backgrounded such as embodied, sensory or intuitive knowledge. Embracing the complexity of current crises, they promote experiences that are intimate, gentle, self-aware and care-full, without sacrificing strategy and criticality. 

Stable Artspace 
STABLE is a contemporary art space located underneath a Queenslander in Meanjin/Brisbane. It aims to share a wide variety of work, from a wide variety of artists, both emerging and established. STABLE hopes to make a positive contribution to the Brisbane art community and the rich history of artist run initiatives in this city.

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DUNGEON MASTER

DUNGEON MASTER

DUNGEON MASTER

Presented by Metro Arts

By Spencer Harvie

This exhibition draws from Spencer’s recent experience in running sessions of the fantasy role playing game Dungeons and Dragons for friends in the Brisbane art scene. 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.

In a broad sense, Dungeon Master examines the connections between fantasy role-play, imaginary worlds, the role of the artist, representations of geek culture, and how we as users of social media can be seen as role players within a fantasy world of images generated by a system out of our control.

View the digital catalogue here. 

 

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

DATES

Sat 10 Apr – Sat 1 May, 2021

ARTIST TALK
4pm, Sat 1 May, 2021

GALLERY HOURS

10 Apr 10am – 10pm
11 Apr 10am – 8pm
12 – 16 Apr 10am – 4pm
17 Apr 10am – 10pm
18 Apr 10am – 5pm
19 – 23 Apr 10am – 4pm
24 Apr 10am – 4pm
25 – 26 Apr Closed
27 Apr – 1 May 10am – 4pm

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LOL

LOL

LOL

Presented by Outer Space and Metro Arts

Curated by Sarah Werkmeister

When you can’t laugh, you cry. LOL features artists that respond to the concept ‘Lol’ – often used as an acronym for ‘laugh out loud’ but is also sometimes misread as ‘lots of love’.

This lighthearted exhibition features emerging and mid-career artists who explore humour and love through emotions of frustration, elation, repulsion and power.

Featuring Hailey Atkins, Joseph Breikers, Kate Land and Erika Scott. Curated by Sarah Werkmeister.

 

 

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

DATES

Sat 10 – Sat 17 Apr, 2021

Artist Talk: Nobody LOLs here anymore
2 – 3pm, Sat 17 Apr

GALLERY ACCESS 17 + 18 APR

On Sat 17 + Sun 18 April, the ever-popular Brisbane Ice Cream Festival is on at West Village. To visit Metro Arts, please enter via Boundary Street and let the friendly staff on the gate know that you’re visiting Metro Arts.

GALLERY HOURS

10 Apr 10am – 10pm
11 Apr 10am – 8pm
12 – 16 Apr 10am – 4pm
17 Apr 10am – 10pm
 
Image: Podium Finish by Kate Land, 2020. MDF, paint, vinyl stickers, 135 x 45 x 45 cm. Photo courtesy the artist.

THE ARTISTS

Outer Space is a not-for-profit Contemporary Arts organisation. We collaborate with artists and arts workers to develop, make, and present critically engaged creative practice in a supportive professional environment. Our exhibitions, events, and programs welcome those involved in, and curious about the arts. Outer Space is committed to fostering a sustainable creative community in Brisbane that engages local, regional, national and global contexts.

Hailey Atkins 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 was co-founded Wreckers Artspace in Brisbane.

Joseph Breikers’ practice is centred around humour and language, and their ability to engage with areas of slippage and overlap. He across various media, including sculpture, drawing, painting, video and installation, and experiments with collaboration, sound, performance, writing and music-based events. His work often develops from his engagement with text and language theory and his concern with the tropes of the underclass. He is interested in using humour and language to find new ways of understanding how the complex field of intellectual and socio-political contexts impact on the role and expectations of contemporary art. He is also drawn to humour as a possible strategy for deflecting traditional systems of exegesis. Joseph holds a Master of Arts (Research) from the Queensland University of Technology and has shown both nationally and internationally.

Kate Land is a Meanjin (Brisbane) based artist whose multidisciplinary practice celebrates the absurdity of the everyday. Her practice engages primarily with themes around success, and seeks to upend conventional perceptions of legitimacy and accomplishment, especially within the framework of making art. As she untangles her own anxiety, Kate uses humour as a device to reframe conversations about mental health. Her work leans on the pathos inherent to the collective experience of failure, and the absurd futility of fear. Wordplay is the cornerstone of Kate’s approach, pairing witticisms with imagery to create visual puns that are at once personal and universal.  Her sculptural and installation works feature a cache of found, manufactured and assembled materials – zeroing in on the absurdity of the mundane object. She is particularly fascinated by the potential of metaphor, blurring the line between literal and figurative. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Queensland University of Technology. 

Erika Scott is a Brisbane-based artist who predominantly works in sculpture and installation. Scott’s visual language unfolds through a variety of media, often reassembling and modifying discarded household objects, furniture, and popular culture debris—resulting in a maximalist and often overwhelming DIY bricolage. The environments and constructions that Scott creates encourage an unsettling ambivalence, part attraction and repulsion, anxiety and relaxation. Her recent solo exhibitions include On Fire, 2021 (IMA, Brisbane); The Dutch Aquarium, 2020 (Outer Space, Brisbane); The Barnacle Lovers, 2017 (Wreckers ARI, Brisbane); and Pestorius Sweeney House Exhibition, 2016 (Pestorius Projects, Brisbane). Scott completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane (2010). Scott is also the founding director of local ARI The Soylent Spot and the workshop and residency coordinator for Sculptors Queensland. 

Sarah Werkmeister is a freelance writer, editor, researcher, broadcaster and curator based between Melbourne and Brisbane. She has written extensively and worked with L’Internationale Online to develop publications around the environment (Ecologising Museums, 2016) and feminism (Feminisms, 2018), and has co-edited a chapter on the 13th Istanbul Biennial in I Can’t Work Like This: A reader on recent boycotts and contemporary art (2017). She’s worked with QUT Art Museum, Shepparton Art Museum, Public Art Melbourne, Next Wave, YIRRAMBOI Festival, the Emerging Writers Festival, Blak & Bright, BIRRARANGGA Film Festival, The Thousands, 4ZZZ and many more. She’s currently on the Darebin Art & Heritage Advisory Committee, the Outer Space board, and the Bus Projects Artistic Advisory Committee. Her research interests encompass representations of nationhood in public art collections, conceptions of public space, and the climate. She holds a Masters of Art Curatorship from the University of Melbourne.

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SEDIMENT

SEDIMENT

SEDIMENT

Presented by Metro Arts

Curated by Simone Hine and Kyle Weise

Artists: Charity Edwards and Amelia Hine, Leela Schauble, Marian Tubbs, Samuel Tupou

Sediment brings together the work of five contemporary  artists who utilise collage as an aesthetic through which to consider human transformation of the environment.

Laboratories, sea life, plastics, virtual organisms, micro-organisms, gold, oil, and fibre-optic cables merge and collide, with the ocean as conduit. Suggesting evolving networks, this restless flow of images look toward possible futures, both human and non-human.

View the digital catalogue here. 

DATES

8 – 30 May, 2021

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

GALLERY HOURS

Exhibition Opening Hours:
Sat, 8 May 10am-6pm
Tue 11 May – Sat 15, 10am-4pm
Sun, 16 May CLOSED
Tue 18 May – Sat 22 May 10am-10pm
Sun, 23 May CLOSED
Tue 25 May – Sat 29 May 10am-10pm
Sun 30 May 10am-7pm

Marian Tubbs is represented by STATION.
Samuel Tupou is represented by Onespace Gallery.

THE ARTISTS

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OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

OPEN STUDIO: HELLE COOK

Presented by Metro Arts

Helle Cook invites you into her studio!

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.

Helle will invite the community to make their own mark on the exhibition Light Affection, by adding to an interactive communal artwork during her open studio.

 

WHERE

The Ferryman’s Hut, 29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe

DATES

6 – 9 May
Thu – Sun: 11am – 2pm

Details: Helle Cook, Light Affection. Binna Burra. 2020. Image by Helle Cook.

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.

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Bridging The In-Between

Bridging The In-Between

BRIDGING THE IN-BETWEEN

By Torin Francis

Presented by Metro Arts in association with Museum of Brisbane

New kinetic sculptures by Torin Francis.

Presented as a part of BAD STUDIO CITY, Bridging the In-between explores the intersections of meteorology, technology and spatiotemporal experience. Comprised of the works Yaw and Way, this show encourages audiences to reconsider the impact of climate and the role of technology within the discussion of these themes. Both works play with structures of space and reflect on the interactions we have with our immediate and wider inside and outside environments over time. Using instruments of measurement responsive to environmental conditions, this project seeks to dramatise the spatio-temporal dimension of the sculptural encounter and by extension our encounter with all objects.

DATES

8 – 30 May, 2021

Sat 8th: 10am – 6pm
Tue 11th – Sun 16th: 10am – 4pm
Tue 18th – Sat 22nd: 10am – 10pm
Sun 23rd: 10am – 4pm
Tue 25th – Sat 29th: 10am – 10pm
Sun 30th: 10am – 7pm

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

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).

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Ambit

Ambit

AMBIT

By Tay Haggarty + Holly Bates

Presented by Metro Arts in association with Museum of Brisbane

A never before seen video work by Tay Haggarty and Holly Bates.

Parallel Park (Tay Haggarty and Holly Bates) will present a new video work continuing their ongoing interest in queer formations of intimacy, collaboration and community, at the intersection of artistic process. Combining interviews, reconstructed memories and formal experimentation, the work places water, and its slippery flows, its spills and its quotidian beauty, at its metaphorical centre.

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

DATES

8 – 30 May, 2021

Sat, 8 May 10am-6pm
Tue 11 May – Sat 15, 10am-4pm
Sun, 16 May CLOSED
Tue 18 May – Sat 22 May 10am-10pm
Sun, 23 May CLOSED
Tue 25 May – Sat 29 May 10am-10pm
Sun 30 May 10am-7pm

Image: Parallel Park, ambit, 2021. Video Still.

THE ARTIST

Parallel Park is the collaborative art practice between artists Holly Bates and Tay Haggarty. The focus of the collaboration is concentrated on playfully exploring the external influences that impact queerness and the intricacies of the artist’s relationship. The collaboration heavily employs play as process, which takes form through performance, video and installation. The engagement with play and spontaneity allows for both practices to weave into the making process, resulting in erotically and humorously charged works that contain a strong sense of duality.

The duo have worked collaboratively for six years, exhibiting works at various spaces nationally such as UNSW (Sydney), Metro Arts (Brisbane), FELT Space (Adelaide), BUS Projects (Melbourne) and Hobiennalle (Hobart).

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. 

Co-existing Pollinators

Co-existing Pollinators

CO-EXISTING POLLINATORS

By Lillian Whitaker

Presented by Metro Arts in association with Museum of Brisbane

A series of installations exploring bees and humans that will leave you positively buzzing.

Co-existing Pollinators (2020-2021) is an exhibition by Lillian Whitaker that explores the collaborative relationship between humans and bees. The work includes an observational beehive, cocktail, beeswax sculptures, and video and sound installation. This show celebrates the ecological importance of honeybees and our dependence on them as humans. 

 
Join us for the first week of BAD (7 – 13 May) as we observe our resident European honeybees taking from and contributing to the surrounding environment while they build within their custom designed hive. Following this you’ll find the second iteration of the work (21 – 30 May) that includes a video and sound installation, the bees wax sculptures, and a delicious honey cocktail. 

VENUE

Metro Arts, West End

DATES

8 – 30 May, 2021

GALLERY HOURS

Exhibition Opening Hours:
Sat, 8 May 10am-6pm
Tue 11 May – Sat 15, 10am-4pm
Sun, 16 May CLOSED
Tue 18 May – Sat 22 May 10am-10pm
Sun, 23 May CLOSED
Tue 25 May – Sat 29 May 10am-10pm
Sun 30 May 10am-7pm

Image Courtesy the artist.

THE ARTIST

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. 

In 2017 as a recipient of a Creative Generation Excellence Award, Whitaker exhibited bee-related artwork The Hive (2017) in both the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery, and GoMA. As a recipient of the Flying Arts Alliance Queensland Regional Art Award: Betty Crombie Young Artist Development (2018) and Digital Art Award (2019) Whitaker went on to exhibit environmental artworks in Meanjin-based galleries including the Judith Wright Centre, and QCA’s Pop Gallery, as well as galleries in Hervey Bay, Moranbah, Roma, Charters Towers, Charleville, Gatton, Ingham, Toowoomba, Chinchilla, Winton, Toogoolawah and Goondiwindi. In her 2020 artist residency at Queensland’s State-Library – the Edge, Whitaker merged art, technology, communication and scientific methods to create artworks which responded to scientific provocations concerning honeybee behaviour.

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. 

LIGHT AFFECTION

LIGHT AFFECTION

LIGHT AFFECTION

By Helle Cook

Presented by Metro Arts

Helle Cook draws on the atmospheric and affecting presence of her Brisbane (Meanjin) surroundings.

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.

This residency will comprise three distinct activations for the community to engage with Helle, including an interactive open studio, artist talk and the exhibition.

WHERE

The Ferryman’s Hut
29 Macquarie Street, Teneriffe

DATES

Sat 15 – Sun 16 May
10am – 4pm

Details: Helle Cook, Light Affection. Minjerribah. 2020. Image by Helle Cook.

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

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.