2017 PROGRAM

VERGE GALLERY PROGRAM 2017


FEBRUARY AT VERGE
February 2 – February 25

Corporeal : the presence and absence
Corporeal : the presence and absence presents a selection of tangible works with intangible qualities. Showcasing mediums spanning from installation and documentation to video, photographic, and sound, this exhibition aims to unfold the seen and unseen areas of matter.

Artists: Andriana Craney, Angela Garrick, Elwira Titan, Hayley Rose Hill, Jack Godfrey-Baxter, Kenneth Mitchell, Lauren Lennon, Mariia Zhuchenko, Nina Dodd, Sam Spragg, Sara Morawetz, Stephen Burstow, Thomas Cole and Benedict Anderson.

Curated by : Helen Waller and Chloé Hazelwood with the Verge Gallery Committee.


MARCH AT VERGE
March 1 – April 1

Gallery 1 // Lucas Davidson :: Frame of Mind
Frame of Mind is a new site-specific video installation that uses light, mirror and sound to form a complex spatial reconfiguration of the screen. The 16:9 format of the screen has been reduced to a white moving image that projects through the gallery space onto a series of suspended mirrors. The mirrors respond to the slightest movements in the gallery, reflecting back abstract light forms that circumnavigate the walls, bleeding onto the floor, ceiling and internal space of the gallery making every surface including the viewers body a screen.

Gallery 2 // Lisa Sammut :: tapestries for galaxies
tapestries for galaxies is concerned with the knowledge of a distant cosmic reality – so present in imagination yet far removed from the grasp of our immediate senses. A panoramic constellation of celestial structures and handmade prop-like objects, the installation presents a speculative new cosmography, where the historical practice of diagrammatical illustrations of an interconnected universal whole takes material form. Drawing on relations rather that representations, tapestries for galaxies looks to the likeness, alignments, chemistry and mimesis between objects as a relational tool for embodying a sense of expansion. While questioning the tendency for automatic and singular perspectives, this exhibition expands on the artists’ current interest in the emergence of a social, cultural and philosophical cosmic anxiety, where the astronomic, ecologic and geologic spheres can be understood as a condition of our time.


APRIL AT VERGE 
April 6 – April 29

Gallery 1 // Leyla Stevens, Bridie Gillman, Alfira O’Sullivan, Kartika Suharto-Martin , Ida Lawrence and Mashara Wachjudy :: Woven
Woven is an exhibition and performance event that ties together the practices of six female Australian artists who each have personal connections to Indonesia. These connections exist through the artists having an Indonesian parent, being immersed in the culture and living part of their childhood in the archipelago, and living there more recently. The artists’ works explore the complexities of history, identity, memory and cross-cultural understanding – on both personal and national levels – and span installation, performance, painting, collage, photography, video and sculpture.

Side Gallery // Shireen Taweel :: Translated Roots
Translated Roots conveys aspects of ‘traditional’ identity through the acknowledgment of early Australian settlers from the greater Muslim community, highlighting the complexity of change through the sense of transience for those who migrate to sow their roots within a new context of a greater global community. Mushallah formed by hand from sheet copper partakes in a cross-cultural discourse, while its sense of the arcane and shifted structure opens dialogue between shared histories and communities of fluid identities.

This project was assisted by a grant from Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).


MAY AT VERGE 
May 4 – May 27

Gallery 1 // Koji Ryui, Huseyin Sami & Brendan Van Hek :: Unlimited Support
Unlimited Support is an artist led project that uses the formal qualities of installation, painting and sculptural work to look at what constitutes a support and what its function may be. Each artist employ supports in their work in diverse and distinctive ways and in this exhibition they propose to explore points of connection and difference in how they think through the potential of engaging with supports. A support is an interesting formal element to consider – it is a component that serves a practical function, that has aesthetic value, and that has played a decisive role in shaping contemporary art practices. If we look at the development of conceptual art, we find the support at the centre of sites of contestation, as evident in the work of Robert Ryman for example, who challenged the physical constructs of the gallery to question the authority of the institution. Similarly Richard Tuttle committed acts of transgression by either disregarding or redefining support structures to again question the institution and expand the understanding of what an artwork could be.

Gallery 2 // Lachlan Anthony :: Geometric Asylum
Geometric Asylum will present a series of sculpture and installation works that explore relationships between space, power and control. Hostile architectures, deterrent physical forms and automated kinetic systems will impose limitations on viewer movement to reflect upon the incidence of human exclusion, spatial inequity and psychological violence manifesting in the built environment. The violent and dividing essence of the neoliberal turn is “etched into the spatial forms of our cities”


JUNE AT VERGE 
June 1 – June 24

Gallery 1 // Harriet Body :: Raw
Raw will be an exhibition of new work on paper, sculpture and assemblage that examines an everyday occurrence that the artist has been exploring within their practice over the last four years, a phenomenon that Body has termed the ‘Distilled Mark’. Distilled Marks appear as a result of the various basic and commonplace events that are constantly and obliviously occurring around us. Some examples of distilled marks are scratches, smears, scuffs, dents or bruises – marks that both contain and imbue an often disregarded yet very specific action that occurred in the past. The artist is specifically interested in the Distilled Mark as it occurs within nature, and how such marks can make up a natural history of a place. Body’s personal investment in these particular types of Distilled Marks is parallel to her ongoing examination into the nature of mark making, as it exists alongside lived experience. She is interested in how her own creative action can take on the properties of Distilled Mark making in nature.

Gallery 2 // Marlaina Read and Kate Clark :: The Song of Sibyl
The Song of Sibyl is a collaborative and experimental sound and video adaptation of the Gregorian chant of the same name, about a prophetess and the apocalypse. The song originates from ancient Grecian myths of the Sibyls, female oracles who took divine inspiration and prophesied at holy sites, appearing in European Christian spiritual traditions in the 10th century, due to the similarity to the biblical concept of the final judgment. The music incorporates traditions of Gregorian chant, troubadour poetry, and
Catalan ritual. Read’s work presents a haunting, improvised soundscape composed by Kate Clark and played on the organetto—a small portative organ of medieval design. This instrument has bellows that are controlled by hand, allowing the instrument to take ‘breaths’. With this, the tuning of the pipes can be manipulated, creating micro tunings and heavy beating sounds that can be both heard and felt. Through this process the lyrics are ‘played’ rather than sung, thus oracle is given ‘voice’ through altered pitch and temperament of the instrument and is reminiscent of ships horns.


JULY AT VERGE 
July 6 – July 29

Curated exhibition project from Verge Gallery.


AUGUST AT VERGE 
August 3 – August 26

Gallery 1 // Consuelo Cavaniglia (Curator) :: all matter has a past
all matter has a past is an exhibition that centres on the idea of encounters – between a person and a site, an idea and a form, a material and a force. The artists in this exhibition share an interest in the idea of transference and exchange. In their work, encounters between forces or entities are either orchestrated or observed and within them the artists find connections to place, personal histories, and to formal enquiries of material and form. From across the country, across professional generations and disciplines, the work of the three artists is brought together in a first time encounter to stimulate a conversation and to find conceptual and aesthetic connections. In the gallery the work takes form as sculpture, installation, painting and moving image, and the exhibition looks to use the movable gallery walls to re-format the space for the work to come together as a fluid exchange.

Gallery 2 // Rebekah Raymond (Curator) :: Down the Barrel: Aboriginal Activism
Down the Barrel: Aboriginal Activism traces the history of Aboriginal protest in and around Sydney from the 1970s to today. The exhibition explores the work Syron by Elaine Pelot, a non-Indigenous documentary photographer who has dedicated herself over the last four and a half decades to the chronicling of Indigenous stories. This solo exhibition of Syron’s photographs bring to light many shots never publicly exhibited. These images are important documents of Aboriginal Australian history, and their viewing is timely in our current political climate. As a non-Indigenous ally, Syron has used and continues to use her lens; not her voice, to support Aboriginal peoples. Her photographs capture the passion and fury of protests and are firm reminders of the struggles fought by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This exhibition will take the viewer on a march through the decades finding themselves amongst some of the most pivotal Aboriginal activists, marching on familiar Sydney streets and rallying at recognisable locations such as NSW Parliament House. The protests of yesterday will remind you of those taking place today.


SEPTEMBER AT VERGE 
September 7 – September 30

Miriam Kelly (Curator) :: On the needlepoint…
On the needlepoint… takes as its starting point the rousing words of Rosika Parker in her 1984 publication ‘The Subversive Stitch’ as she cites the needle as the new ‘pen’ as a means of proposing alternate discourses of power. The exhibition brings together the work of contemporary Australian artists who have worked in textiles and articulately re-oriented the language of the medium – with its domestic, cultural and gendered symbolism – to personal and political ends.


NOVEMBER AT VERGE 
November 2 – November 25

Gallery 2 // Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris :: Penelope and Lucinda
Penelope and Lucinda explores processes and limitations of adaptation, translation and fidelity in contemporary art, especially in relation to lost feminist narratives, particularly through the utilisation of performance and video. The work is influenced by artists such as Ming Wong, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Hito Steryl. The work is based on the adaptation of three separate texts into one. Purposely intersecting with cinematic history, intersectional feminism, architectural theory and performativity, the texts for adaptation are: Frank Perry film The Swimmer (1968), Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey (750BC) and architectural structure Liljeholmsbadet (built 1929). Filmed entirely in this floating bathhouse, the work was developed and filmed as a collaborative process with six female contemporary artists.This is an ongoing feminist methodology of working that the artist continues to develop throughout their artistic practice.

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