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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

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