c3 opens it's new show on Wednesday the 22nd May from 6 - 8PM
Show runs from 22nd May - 9th April
PAINTINGS WITHOUT HEADS
Alison Kennedy is interested in how traditional concepts of painting and being can be questioned. She critiques the grand view of Romantic narrative paintings to explore how a contemporary woman artist can approach these universal concepts.
One way that painting can do this is through using new forms and materials in experimental ways to express the bodily experience of being, hence the title Paintings Without Heads. Paintings have a spatial dimension as well as a conceptual, analytic one.
Kennedy draws on her reading of Heidegger’s Being and Time which considers the questions of being as action-in-the-world driven by the unconscious more than conscious intent. What do we do when we paint? Do we reveal or conceal?
PROCESS / RITUAL
EMMA LANGRIDGE – BRUCE ROWE – NICHOLAS RYRIE
Curated by Vivian Cooper Smith
Process / Ritual brings together three diverse artists working in geometric painting with an emphasis on repetition and discipline.
With practices that incorporate meticulous detail and a meditative focus this exhibition asks where does process end and ritual begin?
Phink Fish is a fictitious character, born out of the repetitive process of making art.
A Phink is someone who tells on other people, art is the Phink of the artist.
Phink Fish Phink Fish please run away from me
Phink Fish Phink Fish please come play with me
Phink Fish Phink Fish why don't you dance with me
Oh Phink Fish Please don't tell on me
MARIANA JANDOVA + TONY CRAN
Space probe Voyager traverses the depths of space, a diminutive creation of human ingenuity and an overwhelming desire to reach out, to stretch oneself beyond the limits imposed by our beautiful living Earth. The departure of Voyager from its earthly home was but one of the signifiers of the rapidly changing society in the second half the 20th century. Just like Voyagers’ message of peaceful exploration and communication with other life forms out there somewhere, the society witnessed an increasing occurrence of a new type of social movement; one advocating non-violence, respect for other cultures and beliefs and a direction toward a more humanistic way of life.
In the past I have explored ideas of domestic narrative, and the spaces we occupy. How familiar elements in these places, such as a fence or a window, imply things outside what the viewer sees. This new exhibition Dog House continues these previous ideas but more specifically focuses on the vulnerability of the human condition through our relationship to domestic pets and the landscape.
LOOKING FOR CHARLIE
Looking for Charlie is an installation based performance work where, with the permission of my grandmother, I endeavour to find the American soldier named “Charlie” with whom she has been in love since he was stationed in Melbourne during World War II. Within the installation I “become” my grandmother in order to act as a conduit for their possible reunion, and to personally explore the feelings of reminiscence and psychic fracturing that are associated with thwarted war romance, longing and a desire for knowledge of Charlie’s eventual fate. This work in particular addresses and liberates the common repressed desire for women to pursue the other.
c3 opens it's new show on Wednesday the 24th April from 6 - 8PM
Show runs from 24th April - 12th May
Opposing Forces presents newly produced work that explores the common themes of separation, bodily functions and magical thinking, amongst other things. Drawn by an interest in the psyche and subconscious imagery, Davies’ attempts to create tension or an opposing force between these odd shapes and colours. They appear to either be on the verge of battle or about to get very close. The resulting installation alludes to the natural cycle of decay and renewal, the relationship between our bodies and everyday objects and general human awkwardness. Davies has used a wide-ranging array of materials from paper, fabric and wood to refuse and other found objects.
Architectural icons, cities and their built schemes underpin systems of power and are cultural influencers, message carriers with their own symbolic authority. Cities are a complex manifestation of human civilization and could be seen as an expression of the human psyche. Historically cities were strategic strongholds and epicenter’s of geographic power, bases from which to send out commodities and staging points from which new spaces were conquered. In some ways contemporary urban identities are indelibly linked and rooted in these historical narratives and ideas. Cities still play their part in the quest in the ascendancy of thought and competition for cultural and physical space.
WORLD IN MY EYES
Ceramics From Arts Project Australia
KATE NIGHT - FIONA TAYLOR - LISA REID - CAMERON AND TIM NOBLE - PAL HODGES
CHRIS O’BRIEN - CHRIS MASON - BRIGID HANRAHAN - REBECCA SCIBILIA
PETER BEN - MATT GOVE - MARK SMITH - MALCOME STURROCK- RUTH HOWARD
GEORGIA SMZERLING - ALAN CONSTABLE
World in my eyes is a celebration of current work produced in 2012 by ceramic artists at Arts Project Australia. The concept behind the exhibition is based on providing the existing and emerging artists participating in the Program a wider contextual parameter for them to envisage and inform their practice.
DEB K WILLIAMS
The Earth Bling Experiment is an installation of small, formal, interconnecting objects, drawings and fragments that has its basis in two random sentences that the artist found while flicking through a 1960 Scientific American magazine. The first posed the question “What kind of jewels will they take to the moon?” the other simply stated, “Arranging a room for conversation”. These two phrases spoke to her interest in using a range of materials and processes to create formal sets of objects and drawings that not only respond to the multiplicity and complexity of the natural world but also refer to notions of connection and display. Using a myriad of materials and processes The Earth Bling Experiment forms an archive of process and reflects Williams’ deep interest in researching and exploring processes and materials to create new hybrid forms.
PURPLE SUNSET FOR ORANGE LEXUS
Purple Sunset for Orange Lexus is a collage-based exploration of imagined landscapes that straddle the divide between digital and analogue realms. Familiar human technological curios are dipped in saturated pixel solutions, thrown into the void, and then left dormant to decay.
One may contemplate a time when future creatures might one day unearth this civilisation and it’s hordes of disparate detritus.
Will they find what they are looking for?