Image: Erin Coates Thigmotaxis, EPS foam, micaceous iron oxide protective coating, ply, pine, HD video, 5.1surround sound component, 7.3 x 4.5 m, video duration: 9 minutes, 2014
Erin talked about recent projects, primarily the Kinesphere show at PICA late last year and her short film project with Anna Nazzari shown in Spaced 2 at the WA Museum this year. Erin works with video, drawing and sculpture, often combining elements together to make immersive or interactive installations. She is interested in built environments and explores these by using ideas relating to body horror and science fiction. Drawing on her background in urban climbing and interest in architecture and film, the artworks she makes playfully question the way we are patterned to read and use the built environment. Her creative process often involves collaborating with specialists from other fields – engineers, musicians, scuba divers, parkour performers.
Image: Ben Kovacsy Mexican Wave 2014, timber, 1150 x 750 x 3cm
Kovacsy’s practice reaches many areas of making; from intricately laboured conceptual arrangements to experiments and research in industrial design, his practice has evolved through intense engagement with the material of timber and its related processes. Kovacsy is continually exploring and challenging the cultural language of this material, through artworks that amalgamate traditional fabrication and contemporary ideas. Although his artwork portrays empathy towards labour and craftsmanship he seeks to add new dimensions to the conversation to criticise historical logic.
At Studio Night Kovacsy engaged in conversation around his previous projects and new collaborations including his recent series Mashrabiya Lattice, which connects the contemporary symbol of lattice to its historical architectural origins, while revealing new aesthetic possibilities. The work aims to use the relationship between the transparent yet dividing nature of the lattice screen to reveal interesting and unique crossover points within two cultures.