APRIL AT VERGE GALLERY
SECOND CIRCULATION – Curated by Dexter Fletcher
CUT.PASTE.REPEAT – Curated by Esther Rolfe
HYPNOGOGIC – Amina McConvell
Strange Invitation to Combat April 9, 7-9pm
Dexter Fletcher gallery takeover Saturday April 11, 11am – 5pm
Earlwood Farm Presents Fossil Fuelled Film, April 18 – 1-4pm
Art Crit with Aggregate, April 25, 1-3pm
Gallery 1: cut.paste.repeat
cut.paste.repeat brings together seven Australian and international artists who explore a broad range of collage techniques and aesthetics in their practice. Working across diverse media, including analogue collage, print, installation and video, these artists layer and juxtapose imagery, symbols, and materials borrowed from their surroundings, thereby creating a strong sense of immediacy between the work and its defining context.
Simultaneously referencing the history of collage, and also exploring its potential as a contemporary mode of expression, the works presented in cut.paste.repeat reflect the inherent adaptability of collage as a medium, as well as its ability to convey a sense of the lived experience of the here and now.
Artists: Angela Garrick, Emily Hunt, Richard Larter, Alex Lawler, Lillian O’Neil, Sarafina Power, Kubi Vasak
Curated by Esther Rolfe
Images: (left) Kubi Vasak, Beyond the Edge (2014). Hand cut collage on paper. 2 sheets, 30 x 21 cm.
(right) Alex Lawler, Composition 1939 (after Fruendlich) (2015), Collage using Artforum pages, 40 x 30cm.
Gallery 2: Second Circulation
Second Circulation is a group show of zine makers who are also art makers. There are tensions between the underground status of zines, the resistance of zine makers to recuperation by the professional art world, and the appearance of zines in galleries.
This exhibition will showcase zine-making artists who negotiate this tension. It will explore the liminal space that zines inhabit between professional practice and DIY, and the role that zines have within the individual practices of the show’s participants.
The exhibition, curated by Sydney-based collective Dexter Fletcher, will include zine-making artists, musicians and academics from Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, working across a range of mediums. Second Circulation will also include a public program.
Dexter Fletcher, Luke You, The Thomas Ferguson Band, Vanessa Berry, Samantha Penelope Riegl, Dot Kett, Tim Ungaro, Emma Davidson, Miss Helen, Newport Dolls.
Dexter Fletcher take over Verge Gallery: Saturday April 11 11am-5pm with:
– Miniature zine fair with Sticky Institute (Melbourne), Take Care zine distro (Sydney), Hello, Hallo zine distro (Melbourne) and Dexter Fletcher (Sydney).
– YOU zine-making marathon. YOU is a free, weekly, anonymous, paper zine that has been made in Melbourne every week since November 2001. Come along to the YOU marathon to help produce an issue of the zine that will be released upon the world the following week.
– Live performance by Plastic Knife, enigmatic Melbourne-based zine maker.
– Live performance by The Newport Dolls, zine supergroup, including guest vocalists.
– DISCOnference: informal discussions on zine-making and zine practices, open to audience participation. Facilitated by Dexter Fletcher, Paul Byron and Jessie Lymn. Discussion topics will include: zines and fandom, zines collections/archives and zine-making practices.
Side gallery: Hypnogogic by Amina McConvell
The installation takes the form of an immersive and experiential landscape, which draws on the visual experience of hypnogogic imagery. Imagery, observable in the state immediately before falling asleep, a transition state between consciousness and unconsciousness. Hypnogogic imagery is classed as among the simplest forms of hallucinations, and experienced by the majority of people (Sacks, 2012). Hypnogogic imagery is typically abstract and somewhat anarchic in its formlessness; imagery can be described as coloured blobs of light and geometric patterns whirling around in blackness. Evocative of an intergalactic landscape, spatial distortions occur as abstract forms in motion appear to move arbitrarily across a black field of vision.
Image: Amina McConvell, Hypnogogic. Photo Credit: Dito Yuwono