OCTOBER // To pierce, to puncture & Turtle Dove


October 19 – October 28, 2017

October at Verge features a special professional development project providing students from Melbourne University with the opportunity to exhibit at Verge Gallery and Sydney University students the opportunity to exhibit at George Paton Gallery Melbourne.

To pierce, to puncture // Roomsheet :: HERE

Turtle Dove // Roomsheet :: HERE

+ Artist / curator introductions, October 19, 5:30pm-6pm
+ Discussion :: Queering the Spiritual, October 21, 11:30am-12:30pm

Gallery 1 :: To pierce, to puncture
Anna Dunnill curated by Rachel Ciesla

To pierce, to puncture is a solo exhibition of work by Anna Dunnill focusing on the transformation of the self in relation to the ritual. Incorporating practices of tattoo and embroidery, both of which involve a repeated act of puncturing the skin and surface, Anna will enact new rituals for a queer spiritual becoming.

Exploring notions of identity; in particular the rituals that mark, aid or celebrate our individual passage from one culturally defined state or status to another: To pierce, to puncture is a highly personal, intimate exploration of oneself and an attempt to reconcile those conflicting parts of ourselves.

Gallery 2 :: Turtle Dove
David Borg, Dominic Sargent, and Augusta Vinall Richardson curated by Nicholas Kleindienst

Some exhibition strategies can be obstructive in their desire for clean lines and didactic logic. The exhibition Turtle Dove, organised by artist Nicholas Kleindienst, argues for such obstructive ambiguities, for confusing displayed object with display support. Some works are shown for the public, the rest are also for the public, a future public. Presenting the works of artists David Borg, Dominic Sargent and Augusta Vinall Richardson, Turtle Dove considers the politics of images, revealing potentials for the destabilisation and conflation of display models that exist within documentation.

An artist book, titled Turtle Dove, containing texts from Sebastian Goldspink, Chelsea Hopper and Nicholas Kleindienst will be presented at the exhibition opening.