24 OCTOBER – 15 NOVEMBER 2014
“What has evidently gripped Adorno in Beethoven’s late work is its episodic character, its apparent disregard for its own continuity. If we compare a middle-period work, such as the Eroica with the opus 110 sonata, we will be struck with the totally cogent and integrative driven logic of the former and the somewhat distracted, often extremely careless and repetitive character of the latter. The opening theme in the thirty-first sonata is spaced very awkwardly, and when it moves on after the trill, its accompaniment-a studentlike, almost clumsy repetitive figure-is, Adorno correctly says, “unabashedly primitive…His late work still remains process, but as development; rather as a catching fire between extremes, which no longer allow for any secure middle ground or harmony of spontaneity.”
Reem Faiq is a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is currently completing her Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
 Edward Said, “Timeliness and Lateness” in On Late Style (First published in Britain by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2006), 10.
Something Happened is a series of documented performances by Melbourne and Perth based artists Ross Coulter, Hannah Jackson, Tanya Lee and Stuart Ringholt. These videos capture absurd situations that explore boundaries between discomfort, fear, embarrassment, and displacement. Recalling the absurdist tradition, these works straddle a line between humiliation and humour, depicting actions performed in both public and private settings.
The works boldly confront individual and collective fears of embarrassment. The familiar and shared nature of these emotions provides an experience of intimacy, and perhaps brings us closer to the artworks.
Much of what these four artists produce contains a foolish and infantile dimension. However this apparent naïveté also forces a re-examination of what we consider appropriate as public and private behaviour; as well as what is appropriate in contemporary art. This re-examination aims to open a space between exhibitionism and modesty where we become aware of our uncertain place between isolation and social interaction.
Stuart Ringholt is an artist based in Melbourne; he has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally, and is represented in a number of major public and private collections. He is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University and is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Ross Coulter is an artist based in Melbourne; his has recently exhibited in Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria; Melbourne. In 2013 he completed a MFA (Research) at the VCA and a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. He is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.
Hannah Jackson is an artist based in Perth; she recently exhibited in The Aesthetics of Disengagement curated by Chelsea Hopper, Moana Project Space; Perth. She recently completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University.
Tanya Lee is a Perth based artist working across performance, video and drawing. She has exhibited at Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth and also exhibited nationally as part of various artist-run initiatives including Art Proper Collective in Sydney. Tanya completed a BA and Masters (Fine Art) at Curtin University, which included a year at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Dijon.
The series Cloaked Combat is a visual exploration of the material and technological conflicts between cultures, and the roles they play in one culture asserting dominance over another.
A juxtaposition of historical and modern technologies, Cloaked Combat #2 and #3 highlight and uneven match between two warring cultures, and shows the brutality of European invasion/colonisation in Australia.
Steaphan Paton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne. A member of the Gunai Nation, he grew up in Gippsland. His practice explores tradition, race and colonialism informed through his worldview being Aboriginal Australian. Paton has a keen interest in the environment, archaeology and in continuing Indigenous knowledge, traditions and stories.