Join us on 13 April at 6pm for the opening of solo exhibitions by Samantha Semmens, Wendy Busch, Mat Vaughan, and Jenny Huang.
Friday 13 April, 6-8pm
13 April to 5 May 2018
248 High Street, Windsor
PRECIPICE FOR A NEW DAY
In Precipice for a New Day ceramic forms – rocky terrain, mountains and caves – act as sites for exploring groundlessness, especially as experienced through desire and in the potential eroding of connection and physical proximity in an increasingly virtual world. These forms are coupled with torsos and heads of cast figures resembling weathered statues from an ancient past, when open dialogue and shared ritual were the means to make sense of experience.
Yet rather than nostalgia, the precarious positioning of figures amidst rugged forms signals an ongoing openness to the possibilities that groundlessness contains: finding oneself on the edge as a mark of being real; weathering as a process of revealing and reshaping in unexpected ways. And, for a time, choosing to see what the rocks turn up, listening with an ear to the ground, and letting go of fleeting images and soundbites on the way to encountering the other.
ONE SIZE FITS ALL: UNUSABLE FURNITURE
I have created pieces of Unusable Furniture. The sculptural works are fragile, angular, intensely coloured and arranged haphazardly to contrast the function and aesthetic of home furnishings. I have used industrial building materials including timber, aluminium sheet metal and signwriting paint for the installation, to reflect aspects of the built environment to allude to a setting for human activity. The structure of the individual works is reliant on the timber frame. The frame has been used to border the individual pieces and as metaphor for grouping and generalising sections of society.
One Size Fits All: Unusable Furniture puts forward a scenario where aspects of the familiar have been taken away. The alien living room presents (through titles) a façade of comfort, fitting in and ‘the correct’ way of living. The project stemmed from issues concerning Australia at present where minority groups are judged and decided for and a privileged average is catered to. Make yourself comfortable.
G3 & THE CUPBOARD
Sometimes Mat walks 'going with the flow' allowing the architecture of Windsor to guide him; other times he challenges the pull of the street’s design, walking, running and jumping in resistive directions.
While exploring, he gathers up material – stories, movements, faces and conversations – he captures them in the soles of his shoes. Carefully following their footsteps, he fills his pockets and senses and sketchbooks with observations and ideas, a mixture of the old and the new. Back in the studio with the adventure fresh in his mind, Mat draws, paints and scratches onto paper and canvas with the materials he has gathered.
Again he allows them to guide him in the same way as Windsor; other times he will resist the pull of the materials and push them in ways they were never meant to be to create energetic and haptic marks. Finally, he is left with a canvas that is oozing with the day.
Jenny Huang is a contemporary artist based in Melbourne. She completed her Undergraduate Degree in Photography at RMIT University in 2015 and is currently studying her Postgraduate studies in Master of Fine Art at RMIT University. Through her art practice, she explores various concepts about body and investigating psychological impact of physical difficulties.
In this exhibition, the artist intends to seek connection and interaction between body performance and self-reflection. Using body art as a a portrayal, it challenges the conventional presentations of women, while revealing the inner predicaments of the artist.
This project also creates a surreal visual experience for the viewers which the artist explores the relationship between the individual and the space.
On the final day of the exhibition (5 May) we’re hosting Linden New Art for their Artist Speakeasy > Surviving as an Independent Artist 11am to 12.30pm. Join us, everyone is welcome! More details here: www.facebook.com/events/2024488721132156