Reactions and Interactions

14 Apr

WHAT: ‘Reactions and Interactions’ Spanish new media exhibition
WHO: Curated by Txema Agiriano
Work by Pilar Baizán, Jai Du, Mauro Entrialgo, uh513 and Daniel Romero.
WHEN: Opening Wednesday April 23, 6pm. April 24-May 9. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or


Video still by Jai Du

Video still by Jai Du

Reactions and Interactions

Verge gallery is pleased to present this captivating exhibition of edgy new media art direct from Spain.

“…between banks and slavery, between women who aim to be Merkel and primitive men with suits and ties, between the empty rooms of full hotels, among communist train stations of high-speed trains…” – artist, Jai Du

‘Reactions and Interactions’ is an exploration of the process of dislocation. The focus of the exhibition is on the creation of ‘the foreigner’a being forged by unfamiliar surrounds and situations. It concerns reactions against the unfamiliar and interactions with perceived commonalities. It is inevitably voyeuristic, but is as much about being watched (scrutinised, suspected, pigeonholed) as watching. This exhibition, curated by Txema Agiriano, presents work by Pilar Baizán, Jai Du, Mauro Entrialgo, uh513 and Daniel Romero.


Pilar Baizán’s video, “Descubriendo el Barrio” (Discovering the neighbourhood) is a sociological and artistic investigation of the inhabitants of her neighbourhood of San Francisco in Bilbao (Basque Country – Spain). This historically depressed area –home to prostitutes, drug dealers and African and South American immigrants– is slowly being gentrified as artists, designers and members of the gay community move in. We also show her soundart work, “San Francisco, my neighbourhood” made with field recordings, recorded in that area.

Pilar Baizán is artist and musician. From 2004 to 2010 she was known as Baseline, her artistic name as an experimental musician. With this project she has published three records and has played in well known festivals and venues in Europe and USA.

Nowadays her main project is “Arte entre fogones” (Art in the kitchen) a documentary series, where artists show their works and also cook for the show.

In order to contexualize the work of Baizán, in the exhibition we also present a fanzine made in the same neighbourhood “Sanfranzine”.

Also a book “El barrio de San Francisco en Bilbao. Un polo artístico” (The district of San Francisco in Bilbao. An artistic kernel) will also be available to the visitors.


Jai Du started her artistic career as a poet (“Extractos d’Afrique” 2009, “Extractos d’Allemagne” 2011/12  and “Extractos d’UE” 2013/2014) writing about her own experiences in the different countries where she has been living and working. In many cases she has been the voice of people who could not express themselves freely due to the fear of being fired from their jobs.
In 2012, due to the difficulty in the diffusion of poetry books, she started creating video performances inspired by some of her poems and, thanks to these means, she has already been presented and projected in known festivals, galleries and art centres (BilbaoArte – Bilbao, Laboral – Gijón, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica – Barcelona, Artpotheek gallery – Brussels, MEM festival – Bilbao, Bideodromo festival, etc).
As a performer, Jai Du performs in almost all her videos using her body and the pain as her main means of expression. She has had the opportunity to collaborate with the known performers Tania Bruguera and Rocio Boliver participating in international festival such as “Acción!MAD” 2014, “Perfocilinne” 2013 and “El Arte es Acción” 2009.
Nowadays her work is focused on the creation of video performances that directly address political and social issues, such as the European crisis, the migration and questions of cultural integration, gender roles in different work sectors, the current concept of “artist” etc.


Mauro Entrialgo was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Basque Country – Spain) in 1965 and is one of the most prestigious cartoonists in Spain. A frequent contributor to many newspapers and magazines since the early 80s, he has published over 50 graphic novels and has written for theater, film and TV. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band “Esteban Light”. In his comic books and strips he explores relationships, friends and life. He has also made a series of videos called “Trocitos de mi vida” (Little moments of my life). We show one of the works in this series, “Desde mis ventanas” (From my windows), which reveals some of the hidden moments in his neighbourhood.

Visitors have also the opportunity to view two of his books:

“Tyrex”: An offbeat tale with wonderful character-driven humor.

“The Pee Family’s Cementery”: The illustrator Mauro Entrialgo always has a sketchbook with him where every idea big or little ends up. As one can imagine he has plenty of them, and they are often are the starting point for his comics and other projects. For the first time one of these sketchbooks has been printed. Its title “The Pee Family’s Cemetery” is a reference to a cemetery that Entrialgo visited in the north of Spain.


Uh513 is María Castellanos (Gijón, Spain 1985) and Alberto Valverde (Madrid, Spain 1967). Both are artists and investigators at the University of Vigo.

“Clorofila 3.0” (Chlorophyll 3.0) investigates electrical impulses issued by plants as they respond to changes in their external environment. A program created specifically for the project captures voltage changes that reflect the state of the plant – its mood – translating them into sound in real time.


Daniel Romero (Avilés, Spain 1978) is an artist and musician. Using his artistic name “.tape.” (dot tape dot) he has edited records in Spain, Japan, USA, France and Germany. He has exhibited his sound installations and audiovisual performances all around the world (México, Austria, UK, Denmark, Germany, France, Japan…).

“Generative Music” is a multimedia installation by Daniel Romero that generates music (ever-different and changing) by analyzing the position in real time of the urban buses of Gijon, Spain. When two of them “meet” at one point, the music changes, and so on.



Time and Place

26 Mar








Architect – student collaboration

24 Mar

A number of well-known architects including Tony Corkill, Philip Cox, Tanya Crothers and Jon Crothers all studied at the University of Sydney in the 1960s. They’re having an art exhibition at Verge Gallery in June from the 11th-27th centred on painting and printmaking and would each love to mentor a student. The theme of the show is open to interpretation and dependent on collaborative agreement between student artists and architects. If you are a student artist interested in exhibiting alongside these luminaries please submit an artist statement and an image link to your recent work to  

Keep in mind that proposal submissions close April 1st and the first meeting between student artists and mentoring architects will take place April, Friday the 11th at 10am. Please make yourself readily available for this date if you are applying.


20 Mar

Verge and the USU are giving away 20 Australian Opera tickets for the upcoming performances of The Magic Flute and Carmen. To grab a ticket (valued at over $100) simply commit to writing a review or critical/creative piece on one of our exhibitions or performances (500 to 2000 words). Your writing will be published on our website. This is a fantastic opportunity to get your work out there!  If you are keen to start writing visit Verge Gallery (Jane Foss Russell Plaza) before Tuesday March 25 to register your interest and discuss your ideas. Tickets will go fast, so please head on down!

‘I Still Call Australia Home’ by Mistery (The Outer Space – Graffiti Series)

17 Mar

Mistery’s work in The Outer Space @ VERGE is a play on the irony of a flag on top of another nations flag.. he anticipates that the work may inspire misunderstanding in some people, hence the title which overtly asserts that Mistery has no beef with Australia the nation, simply the flag.

Mistery has been an avid HipHop head since he got involved in Breaking in the early 1980s. He subsequently started Emceeing & getting into Graffiti. Still 30 years later he is as active as ever continuing to paint, Break & rhyme throughout his home country of Australia & throughout the globe. His music crews Brethren & Apollo Creed are still touring & rocking live shows as well as releasing music with the classic boom bap HipHop sound. His Graff crews FBI, TFC, DCA, BH & KWA are continuing to break new ground with many large scale graffiti murals & he still jams with the Bboys & Bgirls at the Street University in Liverpool, Sydney. Recently he was involved in designing a limited edition, collector can for MTN94 which featured a Bboy style self portrait battling 2 dragons. Mistery is trying to pursue a career in modelling, which hasn’t exactly panned out as yet… still, we just might see him on the catwalks of Milan in the undefined future.

Jazz @ Verge: The Shota Matsumura Band

12 Mar

WHO: The Shota Matsumura Band
WHEN: Wednesday March 26, 8pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or

The Shota Matsumura Band

This performance will be an amalgamation of the extremes of musical expression, being both simultaneously peaceful and cathartic, it will a sonic representation of order within chaos.

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Four by Four (Four artists in dialogue with four bands)

12 Mar

WHAT: Four by Four (Four artists in dialogue with four bands)
WHO: Logan Thompson w/- The Spitfires
Justine Holt w/- The Waterboard
Christopher Logemann w/- Wolfdog
Gen Lown w/- Trotskies
WHEN: Opening Wednesday March 19, 6pm. March 20-28. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm
WHERE: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, University of Sydney
CONTACT: Greg Shapley on 9563-6218 or

Chris Image

Four by Four

Four visual artists collide with four eclectic bands!

Justine Holt, Christopher Logemann, Gen Lown and Logan Thompson have created visual works in dialogue with four groups, representing diverse sounds, from post-shoegaze to folk. Each band will play a set at the opening.

Painter and printmaker Logan Thompson will be paired with rock band, The Spitfires. Both engage with social and historical issues. Logan paints edgy, provocative works with titles such as Riot and Buy Back What’s Already Yours. These echo The Spitfires Songs of the Debt Generation, and their performative gestures: at a recent gig they destroyed a commissioned statue of Margaret Thatcher.

Painting and installation artist Justine Holt will be paired with post-rock shoegaze band, The Waterboard. Holt’s work investigates the intersection between the academic, experiential and sensual, as well as the liminal space between the organic and hyper-artificial. Similarly, the Waterboard’s fuzzy, reverb drenched pop songs are intersect with the diaglogue of pop music while placing an emphasis on the textural qualities of their sounds.

Artist Christopher Logemann makes a contemporary comment on the legacy of post-modernity, referencing art-historical events with a hypercolour Tumblr-influenced aesthetic, thereby reinterpreting neo-classicism. Paralleling his practice is indie band Wolfdog whose cult following is largely the result of engagement with Tumblr culture and social media interactions with artist/public figures such as Jesse Willisee.

Mixed media artist Gen Lown engages in a dialogue with nature and materiality. Her interest lies in paintings developed from a dialogue between painterliness and the photography of Australian landforms. Her work draws parallels to band, Trotskies, whose indie pop is heavily blended with a folk tradition.

Image by Christopher Logemann



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