BY STEPHEN HALEY, HANNAH RAISIN AND DIEGO RAMIREZ
As part of an exchange with Melbourne-based gallery MARS, Metro Arts will present the work of three innovative Melbourne video artists: Stephen Haley, Hannah Raisin and Diego Ramirez, and curated by Amanda Camp. In November 2019, a selection of Brisbane artists, curated by Metro Arts, will be exhibited in the Black Box, the dedicated video projection space at MARS, Melbourne.
The four video works exhibited at Metro Arts, by three distinctive artists, are united by an interest in our physical environments. Stephen Haley’s new video work Fugue State(2019) uses computer-generated modelling to fly-through abstractions of shopping centres, cityscapes and housing development. In contrast to the disembodied gaze of Haley’s work, Hannah Raisin and Diego Ramirez emphasises bodily engagements with our surroundings. Raisin’s works Soak I and SOAK II show the artist traversing a waterfall, before plunging into the water, capturing the visceral enveloping of the body by the environment. Ramirez’s work, aXolotl’s Happiness, again emphasises the body, and the banality of our interactions within the domestic space, even as this body enters the realm of the fantastic.
There will also be additional FREE events on 18th May as part of BAD 2019, including an artist talk and screening – ALL WELCOME!
Screening of Postcard eXotica by Diego Ramirez / Saturday 18th May, 1pm in Metro Arts Gallery 2
Postcard eXotica is a 30 minute cinematic re-enactment of a collection of vintage American postcards produced circa 1900-1930s that depict Mexican stereotypes. The work seeks to think through the Western gaze by approaching the pictures as movie scenes and revealing the condition of their making – particularly the way they are scripted, staged, lit and filmed. In a broader manner, the video pastiches early cinema, contemporary pop and horror to trace the ways in which these ideas manifest today.
Artist Talks / Saturday 18th May, 2-3pm in Metro Arts Gallery
Meet and hear from the studio artists and visiting artists at Metro Arts. Join Hailey Atkins for a casual tour of her exhibition and hear about the ideas and processes that inform her practice. Following the tour, join local artist Anastasia Booth, and visiting Melbourne-based artist Diego Ramirez as part of an in-conversation series.
8 May – 25 May 2019
Image credit: Diego Ramirez. ‘Postcard eXotica’ 2016. HD Video 30 minutes Edition of 5 + 2AP. Courtesy the artist and MARS (Melbourne).