8 – 30 MAY 2015
Opening: Friday 8 May, 6 – 8pm
Theia Connell & Jake Preval
Whilst secretly loving the florid –alities, -isations and –isms of art-speak, Blurb is a collaborative project that sees artists Theia Connell and Jake Preval come together to question the authority of the written word in contemporary art.The exhibition text, which can be seen as a device that imposes meaning on materials, recommends a way to view and digest artwork. What happens if this logic is inverted? Can objects speak in place of words?Cutting and pasting excerpts of exhibition texts from Melbourne ARI’s over the past three years, the artists have created a new absurdist blurb. Placing this text in the role of artwork, the artists will then endeavor to create an installation where the objects communicate and describe this strange new text.
Theia Connell and Jake Preval are both recent graduates from the Victorian College of the Arts Sculpture and Spatial Practice department. They have participated in a number of group and solo shows. This is the first time they have collaborated together.
Image credit : Julie Forster, Nauman Flashdance (Minimal Excess), DVD, 2014
Andrew Atchison, Julie Forster, Josephine Mead, Lyndal May Stewart, Makiko Yamamoto
Curated by Julia Powles
Infinite delay (or spending time in the present)
The present has been described by cultural theorist Boris Groys as a time of infinite delay; a performative, in-between space of repetitive actions that appear to lead no-where in particular. Time in the present therefore becomes lost-time, time spent enacting rituals of daily life that perpetuate our contemporary inability to commit to the longer-term. For Groys this notion of the present can be metaphorically situated in the contemporary video-loop, a device that allows us to enter and depart the narrative randomly at any point, checking in and out, as it were, without any sense of incongruity.
Using the idea of a looped encounter with time and epoch, this exhibition questions the possibility that today the present exists for us as a series of overlapping, individualised temporalities, marked by nothing so much as it’s own reflexivity. Each of the artists in Infinite delay (or spending time in the present) present works in which we encounter time, place and self as both an immediacy and a reverberation.
Zac St. Clair
Early retirement will serve as a light-hearted, humorous yet pessimistic form of self-mockery. To retire at such a young age acts as an admission of redundancy. This admission of redundancy or belief of a self-insufficiency will provide me with an opportunity to do “the opposite” by going against intuition and to procrastinate and delay the doing of my “important work” or “real practice”. Intuition has played a big part in both the creation and the installation process of my previous work. By participating in leisurely painting and drawing tutorials that require you to follow a step by step guide I’m hoping to avoid tendency follow my intuition aesthetic values, to hopefully uncover a non-intentional, unknowing, genuine dumbness within my work.
Zac St. Clair. Born 1990, Rosebud, Victoria. Currently working in Melbourne. He recently completed his BFA (Honours) at The Victorian College of the Arts in 2014. Recent projects include: “I trust everything has a purpose” TCB (2015), “Reclining towards a comfortable ideology” (in collaboration with Natasha Madden), Blindside (2014).