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The unconscious is a rectangle
       
     
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Internationalist

Gallery 1

7 – 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

Curated by Kirsten Farrell

What does it mean to be an artist in Canberra in a globalised world? Does work made in Canberra match it with contemporary art practice in other parts of the world or are we still just gazing longingly at the centre from the margin?

Internationalist is a speculative curatorial experiment, curated by Kirsten Farrell, in which three Canberra artists are paired with an international artist to test these ideas. The six artists have engaged with each others’ practices to produce work for the exhibition at M16 Artspace.

The pairs of artists are byrd (aka Dan Maginnity) with Shannon Goff (USA); Nicci Haynes and Chihiro Gompei (Japan); and Sarah Rice is joined by Italian artist Vanessa Alessi who lives in Berlin.

Farrell was given the opportunity to curate the exhibition while in her former role as Exhibition Coordinator at M16 Artspace. Her residency in Italy last year, supported by Canberra Contemporary Art Space and the RESÓ network in Turin, made her question the meaning of international connections in her own and others’ practices.

Artists: Vanessa Alessi (Italy), Shannon Goff (USA), Chihiro Gompei (Japan), Nicci Haynes, Dan Maginnity (aka byrd), and Sarah Rice.

Image: courtesy of www.freeimages.co.uk

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The unconscious is a rectangle

Tony Curran

Gallery 2

7 - 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

The Unconscious is a Rectangle combines irrational abstraction with the programmatic and procedural rigour of screen-printing. Extending his exploration of the digital-organic, Canberra-based artist Tony Curran has collaborated with Sydney’s Throwdown Press Master Printer Ben Rak, to make an edition of screen-prints to test how a work can convey a “human touch” without the presence of a brush-mark or gesture. Using the commercial language of the CMYK halftone dot as a way to translate RGB (digital colour), Curran has created optically intense patterned shapes that use highly saturated colours to evoke pixels, textile weaves and confetti.

Image: Tony Curran, Inside the shadow / Outside the shadow, 2016, acrylic screenprint on BFK Rives, 56 x 38 cm. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

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Empty Vessels and Full

Kerry Shepherdson & Georgina Leith

Gallery 3

7 - 24 September 2017

Opening 6pm Thursday 7 September

Exhibition continues until 5pm Sunday 24 September

In these two intersecting bodies of work, both artists re-purpose a product. Kerry re-contextualizing ‘meaningless’ packaging into containers for meaning. On the other hand, Georgina empties text of its surface meaning and transforms it into a container for aesthetic meaning.

Kerry explores visual haptics, iterative patterns and colour glazing in her painting.  Her work in Empty Vessels and Full continues this exploration. Referencing the shapes of deconstructed cardboard packaging she investigates positive and negative space and explores a fascination with packaging design and the aesthetic value of discarded material.

Georgina’s work explores text as a package for meaning.  Taking the shapes of text and manipulating these, she empties the text beyond its surface meaning, to explore its deeper resonance as a form and how it can take on a new aesthetic life.

 

Image: Kerry Shepherdson, Untitled, 2017, 70 x 70 cms, acrylic on canvas.

Photo: by Brenton McGeachie.