JULY/ AUGUST AT VERGE GALLERY :: THE SURVEY, AND DOING TIME
JULY 16 – AUGUST 8, 2015
GALLERY 1 :: THE SURVEY
The inaugural SCASS (Sydney College of Arts Student Society) Art Prize
Ellen Formby, Eun Jung Son, James Nguyen, Jess Olivieri, Joel Cunningham, Laura Moore, Lizzie Nagy, Nina Dodd, Pete Conroy, Salote Tawale
Sydney College of the Arts Student Society (SCASS) is a faculty club within the University of Sydney Union, and aims advance, promote and encourage the professional, cultural, social, physical and education welfare of its members. The inaugural Sydney College of the Arts Student Society Art Prize was initiated by SCASS at the end of 2014, with the intention of creating a survey exhibition of it’s members, as well as being able to offer a platform for presentation of the best that SCASS has to offer. The award aims to promote the artwork of students at Sydney college of the Arts to the wider University community and within the broader arts community. With a prize pool of $5200, the prize also endeavors to nurture the creative excellence of the SCASS members. The 2015 panel of judges will consist of Samantha Ferris, Oliver Watts and a member of the SCASS Executive. The SCASS Art Prize is for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate members of the SCA community, and has prizes in both categories.
GALLERY 2 :: DOING TIME
Lucas Davidson, Debra Dawes, Anne Ferran, Sylvia Griffin, Carolyn McKay
Curated by Carrie Miller
Regimes of punishment impose duration on perceived offenders and social exiles: prisoners, asylum seekers and psychiatric inmates do time within enclosed environments. In the contemporary context of increasing levels of incarceration, Doing Time brings together a range of voices with five artists at the centre, providing a nexus for diverse perspectives. It is within a critical spirit that the artists engage with the conception of doing time. In a number of ways, they consider the idea of temporality as it shapes our understanding of detention, confinement, isolation and incarceration and how these regimes of punishment in turn impact on the confined’s experience of time. The works in Doing Time contribute to alternative discourses around the politics and ethics of imprisonment and its subjects. Through their work these artists help us to acknowledge that while certain subjects have a seemingly remarkable capacity for doing time, others have time done to them.