5 - 27 June 2015

Opening: Friday 5 June, 6 – 8pm
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Daisy Watkins-Harvey
Just Give Me Something / Just Give Me One Thing

Just Give Me Something / Just Give Me One Thing’ navigates the physical and psychological tensions between place and self, security and uncertainty – a fragmented presentation of our transience through time, and in all things.  The material strength of bronze and stone are given delicate reflection in watercolour on paper; unfolding the interplay between personal narrative, the geometry of emptiness and the weight of isolation.

This work was made in response to an artist’s residency at The Banff Centre Canada, with support from the Australian Council for the Arts.  The continuation of this project will be exhibited at the 2015 Havana Biennale as part of THE RESOLUTE PARKA: THE FIRST WINTER.

Daisy Watkins-Harvey engages photography, painting and sculpture to navigate the physical and psychological tensions between place and self.  She holds a BFA (Hons) from RMIT, was a recipient of ArtStart, has been awarded a Van Lier Fellowship for Drawing and Printmaking (NYFA), and an artist’s residency at The Banff Centre. She is currently on the board of Seventh Gallery.
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Image credit : Alison Bennett
Marianne Diaz, Janet Lilo, Kristin McIver, Dan Peter Petersen and Expen$$$ive  (Casey Jenkins, Emilia Athanasiadis and Kerith Manderson-Galvin)
Curated by The Curatorial Collective (Charity Bramwell, Silvia Krambeck, Betty Milonas, Toby Miller, Chloe Weavers)
I’m a Star
I’m a Star is a group exhibition that references popular culture through an exploration of stereotypes and representations that operate within the everyday and define our sense of self. Mediated imagery and online textspeak increasingly shape the way we read, speak, write, engage, deconstruct messages and construct ourselves in public and private.

Bringing together artists from diverse backgrounds and practices, I’m a Star exposes popular culture’s pervasive, multilayered and contradictory place within our ideas of race, identity, belonging, and celebrity culture.

Each artist borrows elements from the media-scape to reconstruct the definition of self through the influence of internet culture, reality TV and cultural stereotypes.   The opening night of the exhibition will feature a media appearance by Expen$$$ive, the Super-Group whose only commitment is to their fans and their brand.

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Ara Dolatian
In the course of history, the accidental relationships between nature and culture have hardened into a dualism. Whatever was wild nature was supposed to be civilized by culture but whatever was culturally molded could not be considered natural. It is through this conceptual antagonism that to this day, we perceive our natural environment.Vision is a process of social construction. We see things from the standpoint of who we are and who we are fundamentally depends on our culture’s model of what it means to be a person.

Different cultures foster the development of one of two general modes of identity.  One mode of self, common in many Western cultures; is independently oriented towards achieving personal goals, standing out autonomously from others and reasoning analytically. The other mode of self common in many Eastern cultures is interdependently oriented towards achieving a communal goal and fitting in with others.

These two modes of being a selfhood require different strategies of attention, which vary according to culturally contextual perceptual information about objects, nature, individuals and events.

Ara Dolatian received a Bachelor of Fine Art (sculpture) from RMIT University (2012) and Master in Social Science Environment and Planning (2014). Ara has exhibited extensively at galleries in Melbourne and has been involved with a number of collaborations and public art projects.