FEBRUARY AT VERGE GALLERY :: THE HUNTING TROPHY, AND TRACES
February 4 – February 27, 2016
The Hunting Trophy // Roomsheet :: HERE
Traces // Roomsheet :: HERE
GALLERY 1 ::
Monika Behrens :: The Hunting Trophy
With this new body of work Monika Behrens closely researched 17th century Dutch Still life painting. Behrens proposes that each subgenre of the tradition contains a modality exclusive to their style – beyond the narrative and semiotic readings and beyond the general aesthetic values that are conventionally ascribed to the painting genre. Her exhibition at Verge focuses on the subgenre of Hunting Trophies. Behrens has found that the relationships between objects in Hunting Trophies involve an orgy of texture friction. To reconstruct the subgenre Behrens employed materials that comprehend its modality, in this case; tangled synthetic fur, sea creatures, jelly cups, golden guns and bananas are used to comprise the texture friction. The final paintings appear more as constructed painted monsters than still life paintings.
GALLERY 2 ::
Paraskevy Begetis, Ciaran Begley, Simone Darcy, Clare Hooper, Nicole Easterbrook, Akira Lasker, Nathan Lasker, Tom Malek, Yiorgo Yiannopoulos :: Traces
Traces brings together nine artists, each investigating the role of temporality and memory in shaping our identities. Approaching the concept of traces from disparate artistic practices, the works document, appropriate and re-construct materials, lending new life to images, objects, spaces and histories. The Verge Gallery Volunteer Committee have curated a range of artists currently studying at the University of Sydney. Traces opens a dialogue about the role of the image and object in investigating and reinventing our histories.