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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Image: ‘In Memorium’, found object and found text, Louise Morrison, 2011.
Louise Morrison transforms found objects and materials to reflect her personal responses to stories or sites. As well as discussing some of her works, Louise presented the single object that caused great befuddlement regarding aesthetics – the primary source of text in her work – plus expanding upon a recent realisation that ‘you can’t make someone else’s work’.
Image: Three Tables; i. Original Sin, ii. A life that we could live, iii. World Music, Mixed media. Andrew Varano, 2011
Andrew Varano spoke about his studio practice leading up to the solo exhibition, ‘World Music,’ at the Fremantle Arts Centre (July 2012).
Leigh Robb discussed the development of a pair of exhibitions taking place – Octopus 12 at Gertrude Contemporary in July-August, and its re-enactment and adaptation for PICA in November-December. Building on her long running interests in strategies of doubling in artistic and curatorial practice, Leigh shared her working notes on the artists in the show and the related curatorial research for this in-process project.
Lance will be talking on his latest solo show at the John Curtin Gallery.
In modern-day society, our lives tend to revolve around interactions with the digital; we often overlook the objects within our everyday that make modern existence possible (such as the plumbing in a building). These objects show ingenuity – a triumph of humankind over nature that allows us to have more freedom. Ward discussed how he uses photography to create images that frame overlooked objects (and their surroundings), in the world around us.
PREVIOUSLY: Claire Canham + Claire Bushby along with Alex Spremberg spoke on March 8th 2012, details below.
‘Thrills Spills Skulls’ mixed media, 96 x 96cm, 2011
Alex Spremberg spoke on work from his latest solo exhibition from 2011, ‘Wrong Angles’ at PICA.
Thanks to Geoffrey Drake-Brockman and Richie Kuhaupt, we had a 3D lasercube installation inside the studio for the end of year break-up – thanks also to Paul Lindsay who played.
Oct 27th – Rick Vermey + Dr Kirsten Hudson
Rick Vermey is an artist who uses a diverse range of traditional and digital media tools, in a wide-ranging visual art practice, incorporating print, photography, painting, sculpture and public artworks. Rick’s approach to creativity is to make ideas central to the art-making process. He allows a concept to direct an artwork and shape its final material and form.
In recent years, his field of endeavour has been commissioned, site-specific artworks for public spaces. Commissioned artworks typically respond to a given brief. Often their location also pre-determines a particular “public”.
Rick illustrated aspects of continuity linking “behind the scenes” visual research from his various projects, to reveal the “artist’s hand”, engaged in his recent, outwardly dissimilar, public artworks.
Engaging with the trauma paradigm of our post-1945 age, I rub against Jill Bennett’s proposition that we need to find a philosophically informed way of engaging politically with traumatic feeling. Convinced that we need to do more than simply recognise the affective force of the visual aesthetic encounter, I propose a phenomenologically fleshy, fully sensory, personally invested empathic imagination that stimulates all the senses, not just vision. Critically resisting impoverished economies of care surrounding bodies in/of trauma, this talk experimentally speculates on how practice-led-research that reconnects materiality to the discursive and sight to the rest of the senses may offer a means to activate a new empathic contingency for “being with” and caring for “Other” bodies in/of trauma. Kirsten Hudson, 2011