NOVEMBER AT VERGE :: MODES OF PRACTICE
November 3 – December 3, 2016
PUBLIC PROGRAMS ::
+ Artist intros, November 17, 5:30pm
+ Artist talks and MOP Projects Pub Crawl, December 3, 2pm-4pm
MODES OF PRACTICE brings together past and present MOP Projects committee members Ron Adams, Kate Beckingham, Kieran Butler, Lucas Davidson, Daniel Hollier, Richard Kean and Carla Liesch in this allied location and timely exhibition. Our mode of practice is our way of thinking about making, a philosophy that is nurtured through the experimental nature of our artist-run-spaces. In collectively discussing this exhibition, the artists have all conceptualised a work borne of their most significant moments working with MOP Projects, as they celebrate the end of an important 14-year Sydney institution. This is encapsulated by the work of co-director Ron Adams.
Adams’ large text installation will declare: ‘I am the son and heir of nothing in particular,’ referencing The Smiths’ 1984 song How Soon is Now? In this work Adams’ revisits MOP Projects’ Our Lucky Country series held in partnership with Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in 2005-2007. In 2007 Naomi Evans wrote of the works’ “observation that we are of a time where the past no longer promises a grand inheritance.” 1
These words haunt the uncertain territory of the arts in Australia today. But they also speak to opportunity, “the fact that not one thing defines us, that we are a composite of parts, not one leading above the others.” 2 This exhibition comes from community, a composite of many parts, a collection of many voices and modes of practice that continue to drive artistic creation and education in Australia.
1 Naomi Evens, ‘Five Choices of Death’, Our Lucky Country (still different), curated by George + Ron Adamss, Edited by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Mop Projects + Hazlehurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 2007, p34-37.