Thanks to all of the artists involved, Linton & Kay and staff, and Merrick Belyea for the catalogue essay for CROSSGRAIN.
Artist talk: Miik Green/Simon Gilby at Linton & Kay Contemporary (with collaborative work Heidi’s Head)
CROSS GRAIN: MIIK GREEN AND OLGA CIRONIS, SAM FOX, TOM FREEMAN, SIMON GILBY, BEVAN HONEY, BEN KOVACSY, SHANNON LYONS, ANGELA McHARRIE and ANNA LOUISE RICHARDSON.
This solo show was opened by *Duncan Ord on the 17th May 2015. Works were exhibited from the 6th May, and extended until June 4th. The exhibition showcased new paintings and a new premise for the three-dimensional works, a ‘sculptural exchange’ that saw collaborative sculptural works produced with selected artists (given a solid 30cm cube of laminated aircraft-grade plywood to respond to).
The idea behind the sculptural exchange was to further the premise of a handing-over process, where the artist invites an instability as part of a working methodology. Instead of employing a traditional approach in creating three-dimensional works for the show, a 30cm ply cube was given to 9 artists to respond to; Simon Gilby, Bevan Honey, Angela McHarrie, Anna Louise Richardson, Shannon Lyons, Olga Cironis, Sam Fox, Ben Kovacsy and Tom Freeman. Their response to the block of timber completes the dialogue in this collaborative exchange.
*Duncan Ord is acting director general of the Department of Arts and Culture in Western Australia.
xylem series – Argyria14 (detail) mixed media on aluminium 108 x 108cm 2014