MARCH AT VERGE GALLERY :: COPPICE
MARCH 3- APRIL 2, 2016
Bonita Bub, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Aideen Doran, Deb Mansfield, Lena Nyadbi
Curated by Katrina Liberiou and Siân McIntyre
Coppicing is an early forestry process that involves the cutting back or removing of part of a tree, shrub or plant in order to stimulate growth. This action of disrupting and interrupting natural growth in order to increase productivity is an English approach to agriculture, and could be used as a conceptual tool to discuss land, site, history, colonisation, consumerism, memory and trauma as well as growth, fertility and the resilience of nature.
With this exhibition, curators Katrina Liberiou (University Art Gallery) and Siân McIntyre (Verge Gallery) create a landscape where in-between and sometimes contradictory spaces can arise and be explored. Titled Coppice, (understood as the site where the practice of coppicing takes place) this exhibition presents artists who engage with the reconstruction and retelling of history, place, object and practice, stripping back and rebuilding content to create alternate readings.
Coppice presents works from contemporary artists Bonita Bub, Consuelo Cavaniglia, Aideen Doran, Deb Mansfield, Lena Nyadbi, positioned alongside selected works from the University of Sydney Union’s art collection and early Fungi models from the collection of the Macleay Museum. This gathering of contemporary and historical objects and artworks aims to cultivate a dialogue between literal and conceptual representations of Coppice while interrupting the natural order of the exhibition.