Studio night is held every sixth Thursday, from 9pm+ at 64 Crawford Rd Maylands (rear). Guest speakers are invited to speak on a subject of their choice – please feel free to bring friends (BYO drinks please).

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Nov 26th: Josh Cobb-Diamond & Stephanie Reisch

In July 2015 three Perth artists, Jon Tarry, Stephanie Reisch & Joshua Cobb-Diamond, exhibited at Gallerysmith Project Space (VIC) in an experimental group show titled CRYPSIS.

Working along themes of codification, camouflage, secret exchanges and the unseen, the physical artworks were brought together and conceptually anchored within the gallery by an invisible sculpture that used augmented reality (AR) technology. Please join us to hear from Josh and Stephanie, who will elaborate on ideas and themes behind CRYPSIS. Josh and Stephanie will also discuss the collaboration with experimental architecture firm, FELIX, and sound artist, Alessio Morglia (ITA) in their attempts to reposition the art object in the realm of the non visual.

This will be the final studio night for 2015: please join us to celebrate the five year milestone! 

Dusk to Dawn, Augmented Reality, Reisch, Tarry, Cobb-Diamond

Dusk to Dawn, Augmented Reality, Reisch, Tarry, Cobb-Diamond

2015 calendar:

April 30th – Erin Coates + Ben Kovacsy

June 11th – Nick Mahony + Ben Waters

July 23rd – Pablo Hughes + Paola Anselmi

Sept 3rd – Natacha Suttor + Stuart Elliot

Oct 21st – Lyle Branson + Isobel Wise

Nov 26th – 2015 wrap – Jon Tarry/Stephanie Reisch/Josh Cobb-Diamond

Studio night is held every sixth Thursday, from 9pm+ at 64 Crawford Rd Maylands (rear). Guest speakers are invited to speak on a subject of their choice – please feel free to bring friends (BYO drinks please)

*Oct 21: Isobel Wise and Lyle Branson


Juha Tolonen Swan River Coordinates

Image: Juha Tolonen Swan River Coordinates 2013, photograph, 60 x 60 cm each image courtesy of the artist.

Isobel Wise is the visual art curator at the City of Perth. Her talk stems from an interest in how contemporary photographers approach the interpretation of urban environments to demonstrate social paradigms. She will speak about works of art from a range of periods which allow viewers to consider collective and individual identity in reference to place.

The creation of these works become a point of reference for that which is physical, and are often purposely composed to include or exclude elements which signify social, economic or political happenings at a particular moment in time. Wise will reference Tolonen’s work Swan River Coordinates amongst others, to illustrate how we interact with and use the landscape in Perth as well as our impact on it in a physical sense.

Lyle Branson_Asphalt Twig

Image: Lyle Branson Asphalt Twig 2015  Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper, 45 x 30cm

Lyle Branson will be discussing his exhibition SURVEYING THROUGH THE LANDSCAPE, showing at Free Range Gallery in October. With photographic series that looks at the Perth urban landscape of the fraying edges that occupy between pathways that we travel and public and non-public areas that at times suggest the failure of the landscape in our urban surroundings. Lyle will also be discussing the dérive process of long walks he takes through the suburbs like Stirling, Coogee and Midland, and the camera as a method of understanding landscape.

Branson studied visual arts at TAFE and Edith Cowan University. He held a solo exhibition at Central Tafe ShowCase Gallery as part FotoFreo 2012, and had group shows at Breadbox, Perth Galleries and Perth Centre for Photography.

2015 calendar:

April 30th –  Erin Coates + Ben Kovacsy

June 11th –  Nick Mahony + Ben Waters

July 23rd –  Pablo Hughes + Paola Anselmi

Sept 3rd – Natacha Suttor + Stuart Elliot

*Oct 21st – Lyle Branson + Isobel Wise  *please note this is a Wednesday night

Nov 26th – 2015 wrap – Jon Tarry/Stephanie Reisch/Josh Cobb Diamond

Studio night is held every sixth Thursday, from 9pm+ at 64 Crawford Rd Maylands (rear). Guest speakers are invited to speak on a subject of their choice – please feel free to bring friends (BYO drinks please)

Sept 3rd: Natacha Suttor + Stuart Elliot

Image: Cold Truck timber, stain, paint, approx 60 x 45 x 100cm ©Stuart Elliot
Stuart’s talk will range from ideas of indexicality, detritus and residue to industrial scarification:  As a young artist, I was transfixed by the gouges, scrapes and scattered fragments that signified the less than perfect fit of humans and their accessories to the various environments wherein they found themselves.  From this fascination, Fakeology evolved as a way of making sense of the world.   Traditionally, this has manifested in the constructed object/image either as a stand-alone or as part of an integrated installation.  Of late I’ve been drawn more to the documentation of reduction.  This involves the research and application of the processes and consequences of corruption and erosion.  For quite a period of time I was focused on the aesthetic of the relic, that which was left at the experiential tide line.  More recently my interest, both applied and in research, has returned to.

Talk ImageNatacha Suttor – Artists Online: Miik Green as a Case Study. What happens when an Artist/Researcher and Social & Digital Marketing Analyst start talking about artists’ digital & social media presences?

This talk will give an overview of Miik’s online presences, specifically his social media presences and discuss the delineations between them and Miik’s different, yet interlinked, identities as: Artist, Researcher and Other (Husband/Dad/Brother/Friend etc).  This talk will be a little more interactive, as I will be involving our studio night host in some of the discussion. It will explore the rationale for the delineations, the ongoing process of navigating and negotiating them, discussions we’ve had over the past year about content, learnings along the way, and identifying some areas of opportunity for both Miik and other artists.

Natacha is a digital & social marketing specialist, currently working in the WA’s tertiary education sector. She focuses on online, search and social marketing and strategy, especially within the research, creative and tertiary education frameworks, and how this translates between organisational level activities, and across professional, artist, researcher level activities.

July 23rd: Pablo Hughes and Paola Anselmi

Image: Dysfunctional digital print on Hanhemuhle Fine Art paper 29.5 x 42cm 2012
Pablo works predominantly in digital photography, yet his practice includes found objects, collage, sculpture and installation. Pablo will show images from recent solo exhibitions including Escape Artist and Justaposition. With a focus on the simplicity of the commonplace, the discarded and decaying urban environments, he will discus the influences and processes involved in his work. These include exploring new and challenging ways of presenting the images and objects through the use of art installation tools and materials.

Image: (untitled) Italy, 1930s black and white photograph. Unknown photographer

Paola Anselmi is a visual arts writer and curator, currently completing her PhD at the University of Western Australia. Her talk explores photography as a complex galaxy of interconnected movements and relational processes, ideas and philosophies. Paola will also discuss the self in photography, one that assumes a particular narrative angle.

Photography; a heuristic enquiry…of sorts.

One small black and white photograph kept in a little plastic sleeve for over 30 years. Something was different about this photo. Unlike all the others pictures jostling for a space in a cramped tin biscuit box, this one was kept aside, in a draw. I was about 9 and spent hours looking at old photos. There were many from three generations ranging from typically unfaltering family portraits to machinery, rice fields, workers. Almost every image was calculated, seemed reasoned, purposeful, except this one. 

This one was candid, observational, chanced in a single click. This one was honest, this one felt ‘real’. It arrived in a small envelope in the 1930s, without a sender, without a note. 

June 11th : Nick Mahony + Ben Waters

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Image: Nick Mahony Greetings from The Getty Centre digital image 2014.
Nick will discuss his Slide Night series and launch a limited edition artist’s photobook of the project.  Slide Night is a series of ‘travel’ photography postcards published daily to social media. The work was produced during a self funded ten month grand tour through the artistic, cultural and natural highlights of New Zealand, North America and Europe in 2014. The talk will also include recent work continuing on from this series. Nick Mahony is a Perth based multidisciplinary artist. Since graduating from Curtin University in 1993 he has been involved with Perth artist run initiatives the Verge and Free Range. His practice has always been eclectic and diverse resulting in outcomes utilising photography, painting, digital media and sculpture. Currently his artworks explore the ideas and materials associated with new technology, social media, climate change, regionalism, cultural tourism, historicism and display systems.
Image: Ben Waters Stimulus Giclee print on recycled cardboard 100 x 85cm 2010. In 2009/2010 the Australian federal government through a stimulus package gave the citizens a AUD $950 ‘handout’ in hope to stimulate the economy. This money was used to fly to the popular holiday destination of Bali and to purchase a new refrigerator. A photograph of Palm trees was taken and printed on the recycled refrigeration box.
Inside Ben Waters multifarious practice he constructs both formal paintings and conceptual works. His painting reference ideas that are integrated into the process of the composition of the work, the surfaces being the result of an ongoing engagement with the process of paint and painting, and therefore resist any notions of the purity of abstraction which suggests a certain denial of narrative. He will discuss his practice as one operating within a duality of narrative and process.

April 30th: Erin Coates/Ben Kovacsy

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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. Mexican-wave-e1411179391728
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.


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