JULY AT VERGE GALLERY // 2016

OPENING JUNE 30, 6-8pm, CONTINUING TO JULY 30
GALLERY 1 :: PETER SHARP AND MICHELLE CAWTHORN :: THIS IS NOT A SOLO SHOW
GALLERY 2 :: OK YEAH COOL GREAT :: THE DELIVERY

PUBLIC PROGRAMS ::
+ Artist discussion pre-exhibition opening :: Thursday June 30, 5:15pm-6pm
+ After School ed :: Apply Yourself // professional development for arts students :: July 5, 5-8pm
+ Discussion for This is Not a Solo Show :: July 16, 1-3pm
+ Double Vision Presents :: July 23, 1-4pm
+ Discussion for The Delivery :: July 30, 1-3pm



GALLERY 1 :: PETER SHARP AND MICHELLE CAWTHORN :: This Is Not A Solo Show
Roomsheet :: HERE

This is Not A Solo Show was conceived out of the desire to explore the material and conceptual dichotomies of an artist couple through the intersection of their respective practices. While Sharp’s expresses an external view of the natural world, Cawthorn’s reflects an internal one. The resultant works reflect the difficulties that all relationships face in navigating a common ground.

The relationship specific installation that is This is Not a Solo Show investigates these opposites. While all of the works in the exhibition have been derived through collaboration, the processes employed for each have differed. While the primary form is sculpture, in a departure from their usual material expression, Cawthorn and Sharp sought to evolve a work that employed a form neither had previously used. This meant that neither had a material advantage and caused them to consider how they could utilise each other’s strengths in order for the work to be conceived.  The resultant work, Hospital Corners (2016) is a series of photographic works expressing the intimate yet mundane act of making the bed; associated connotations intended.

However, the processes involved in the sculptural works was very different. Each artist worked separately within their own material practice to create individual works not influenced by the other. Sharp utilised his stockpile of timbers to create wooden sculptures, while Cawthorn sourced fabrics, clothes and faux furs to create soft sculptures. Each artist then supplied a form (or forms) for the other to respond to. By doing, so they surrendered autonomy of their own work. Each artist then changed or modified the others’ work in any manner they choose, with or without negotiation. Surrendering exposes vulnerabilities and requires trust, thereby enacting a metaphor for the nature of a committed relationship.


GALLERY 2 :: OK YEAH COOL GREAT :: The Delivery
Roomsheet :: HERE

In a return to joy, OK YEAH COOL GREAT present The Delivery. Limited edition art objects are explicitly offered for sale as the artists comment on the tension between value and economics and the potential for success and failure in the art world.

Exploring ideas delivered by Jan Verwoert in his talk at the ICA in April 2015 titled ‘Artists, what is your value?’ OK YEAH COOL GREAT use this exhibition to consider Verwoert’s description of ‘The Delivery’ as part of the value of the artist. ‘The Delivery’ for Verwoert is about giving the audience what they want via seduction and generosity.

Furthermore, The Delivery explores the value of the artist’s time, labour and actions around making. By offering an exhibition with such explicit commercial and economic intent, OK YEAH COOL GREAT force the audience to consider the financial realities of studio-based practices as well as questioning the nature of value and desire.

The exhibition will consist of a series of functional art objects such as customized hats with extendable accessories, oversized t-shirts with OK YEAH COOL GREAT branding, usb storage drives housed inside bulky forms, attached to ropes and customized weighted shopping bags. Each of these products blur the line between form and function.

OK YEAH COOL GREAT will also modify their existing website for the duration of the exhibition to act as a webstore for the products offered in The Delivery.

Formed in 2010 OK YEAH COOL GREAT consists of Sydney based artists Kate Beckingham and Anna McMahon. OK YEAH COOL GREAT functions as a parallel practice for the artists allowing them an avenue to explore alternative modes of presentation.

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