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Lotion

Lotion

LOTION

Curated by Taylor Hall

Presented by Metro Arts

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

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

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

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

View the catalogue essay here

Artist Talk: Saturday 29 January, 3-4pm

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

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

Please register your attendance here.

Documentation images and video by Carl Warner.

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

DATES

Mon 17 Jan – Sat 5 Feb

VENUE

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

GALLERY HOURS

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

Image Credit: Bella Deary

THE ARTISTS

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

VISITING US

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

Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

Volume: Bodies of Knowledge

VOLUME: BODIES OF KNOWLEDGE

Curated by Torika Bolatagici

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

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

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

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

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY READING ROOM

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

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

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

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

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

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

DATES

 Sat 12 Feb – Sat 19 Mar

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

VENUE

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

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

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

GALLERY HOURS

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

THE ARTISTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

 

VISITING US

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

A-PART-MENT

A-PART-MENT

A-PART-MENT

By Petalia Humphreys

Presented by Metro Arts

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

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

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

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

 

DATES

Tue 5 – Sat 30 Apr

SPECIAL OPENING EVENT
Fri 8 Apr, 6 – 8pm

VENUE

Window Gallery
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

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

Image courtesy of the artist.

THE ARTIST

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

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

VISITING US

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

THIS LIGHT

THIS LIGHT

THIS LIGHT

By Joseph Burgess

Presented by Metro Arts

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

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

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

This Light, Gallery One, Metro Arts

DATES

Fri 8 – Sat 30 Apr

SPECIAL OPENING EVENT
Fri 8 Apr, 6 – 8pm

ARTIST TALK
Thu 28 Apr, 6 – 7pm

VENUE

Gallery One
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

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

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

THE ARTIST

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

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

VISITING US

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

LITTORALIS

LITTORALIS

LITTORALIS

By Anita Holtsclaw

Presented by Metro Arts

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

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

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

DATES

 Fri 8 – Sat 30 Apr

SPECIAL OPENING EVENT
Fri 8 Apr, 6 – 8pm

VENUE

Gallery Two
Metro Arts, West End

CURRENT GALLERY HOURS

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

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

THE ARTIST

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

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

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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

VISITING US

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