JUNE AT VERGE GALLERY // 2016

OPENING JUNE 2, 6-8pm, CONTINUING TO JUNE 25
GALLERY 1 :: BENJAMIN CHADBOND (SYD), LIZ MCCRYSTAL (SYD), SALOTE TAWALE (SYD), KATRIN KOENNING (MEL), YOUNG SUN HAN (NY),  JENNIFER LOEBER  (NY), MARIE SHANNON (NZ), NINA ROEDER (GER). CURATED BY TALIA SMITH :: THE LEFTOVERS
GALLERY 2 :: STEVEN GRAINGER (UK) :: DISPLACEMENT ACTIVITIES

PUBLIC PROGRAMS ::
ARTIST DISCUSSION PRE EXHIBITION OPENING :: Thursday June 2, 5pm-6pm
GREAT EXPECTATIONS // RUNWAY MAGAZINE MEMBERSHIP DRIVE :: Saturday June 4, 1pm-4pm
INDIGENOUS WOMEN IN THE ARTS PANEL for VIVID SYDNEY :: Saturday June 18, 1-3pm
THE LEFTOVERS CATALOGUE LAUNCH :: Saturday June 25, 1-3pm



GALLERY 1 ::
BENJAMIN CHADBOND (SYD), LIZ MCCRYSTAL (SYD), SALOTE TAWALE (SYD), KATRIN KOENNING (MEL), YOUNG SUN HAN (NY),  JENNIFER LOEBER  (NY), MARIE SHANNON (NZ), NINA RODER (GER). CURATED BY TALIA SMITH :: THE LEFTOVERS

“He liked the fragility of those moments suspended in time. Those memories whose only function is to leave just a trace in memory.”
– Chris Marker

The Leftovers is a photography and video based group exhibition featuring artists from Australia, New Zealand, America and Germany. The delicate physical or psychological nature of the passing of something or someone is explored through the imagery of each artists work.

The exhibition aims to question the memories and histories that we rebuild after something has passed, the way we are left behind to and how it is that we carry on. The works in the show are sensitive yet powerful in their honesty, each work trying to keep the connection between an event or a person, trying to remember, honour and make sense of what has happened.

New York based artist Young Sun Han documented with his cellphone the last months of his fathers life, each image is raw as his Father slowly loses his health while Han and his mother try to hold on. Katrin Koenning and Liz McCrystal share the experiences of losing someone to mental illness, their projects trying to make sense of a situation that we will never be able to fully understand.

Benjamin Chadbond and Nina Roder look to the personal experiences of loss, the grief of a break up and the knowledge that one day we too, shall pass. Salote Tawale and New Zealand based artist Marie Shannon explore the loss of a family member, Marie Shannon creating a video work using messages from the faxes her partner sent her over the time of his residency.
The Leftovers is a poem to the past/passed, to the grief that we experience personally and universally, to the others who are also left behind.

The catalogue features an essay written by the amazing Naomi Riddle, beautiful documentation captured by Document and designed by superstar Katelyn-Jane Dunn.

Images of exhibition and catalogue launch:


GALLERY 2 ::
STEVEN GRAINGER (UK) :: DISPLACEMENT ACTIVITIES

Steven Grainger’s work addresses the nature of value, fear, personal responsibility and institutional culpability. In his first international solo exhibition, Grainger uses a legal document, historical and mythological symbols and his own body as the subject and material of his art. Central to the exhibition is the latest in Grainger’s series of Will-pieces (in which the legal document of a will and testament is developed as a form of artistic object and process). For the duration of the exhibition ‘DISPLACEMENT ACTIVITIES’, Sian McIntyre – the Director of Verge Gallery – is named as Grainger’s sole heir and, in the event of his death, will stand to inherit his entire legal estate. Grainger will exhibit the legal documents pertaining to this inheritance alongside a series of sculptures and a video exploring ideas of mortality and creativity through mythological symbols.

Steven Grainger draws inspiration from household objects and the human body but pushes these references into unfamiliar territory. Alongside his sculptural works, Grainger has consistently worked with legal documents; regularly leaving all of his possessions to an individual or group- known or unknown- in the form of a Will or Testament. Grainger’s objects and situations appear familiar but begin to give way to something more absurd and occasionally unsettling.

Recent projects and exhibitions include: ‘Human Shaped’, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (2016) ‘ Sometimes I Pretend I’m A Cowboy’, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow (2014);’Equity Release’ performed at Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh (2014); ‘Dear Green’ ZK/U, Berlin (2014); and ‘ZEIT_WERT_ZEIT’, Landia Foundation for Art and Economy, Berlin (2013).

Steven will be in Australia for the first week of Displacement Activities and will present a short talk on Thursday June 2 and Saturday June 4.
This exhibition has been funded by Creative Scotland.

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