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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).

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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. 

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.