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27.03.2015 – 09.05.2015

Exhibition dates: 27 March – 9 May 2015
Exhibition opening: 6pm Friday 27 March 2015

Studio Artist Claire Lambe collaborates with dancer and choreographer Atlanta Eke for their new exhibition Miss UniversalThe artists share an interest in representations of the body: Lambe is concerned with its points of abjection; Eke's work is concerned with its transformative capacities. In Miss Universal, Eke and Lambe consider the body choreographed en masse. Lambe presents a single, large-scale photograph in collaboration with Phebe Schmidt, while Eke's contribution is the choreography of the exhibition itself — through live encounters with objects, viewers and dancers.

Performance times:

Friday March 27th 6–8pm 
Saturday 28th April 12–3pm
Saturday 11th April 12–3pm
Saturday 18th April 12–3pm
Saturday 25th April 12–3pm
Saturday 2nd May 12–3pm 

Choreographer/Dancer: Atlanta Eke
Dancers: Annabelle Balharry, Chloe Chignell and Angela Goh

Claire Lambe was born in Macclesfield, United Kingdom and lives and works in Melbourne. She received a Master of Fine Arts at Goldsmiths, London in 1995 and is represented by Sarah Scout Presents. From 2010 to 2012, Lambe established the artist-run space Death Be Kind with Elvis Richardson; significant exhibitions included The Memorialand The Rest is Silence. Lambe has participated in various solo, group and collaborative exhibitions, such as Yakety Sax (2011), Northern Riot (2014) with Lou Hubbard, LazyBoy (2012), Melbourne Now (2013–2014) at the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Spring 1883 art fair (2014). Lambe is a current Studio Artist at Gertrude Contemporary.

Atlanta Eke is an Australian dancer and choreographer working internationally. Atlanta was a DanceWEB Europe scholarship recipient 2010 in Vienna, and has received NextWave Kickstart 2011, Dancehouse Housemate residency 2012 in Melbourne, an ArtStart Grant recipient. Her solo MONSTER BODY has been presented at the 2012 NextWave Festival, 2012 SEXES Festival Performance Space Sydney, 2013 Dance Massive Festival Melbourne, MONA FOMA Festival Hobart, MDT Stockholm 2013, BACKFLIP Feminism and Humour in Contemporary Art, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the Fierce Festival in Birmingham. Atlanta has recently premiered her work Fountain at Chunky Move and is the recipient of the 2014 inaugural Keir Choreographic Award for her latest work Body Of Work.  

Image: Claire Lambe and Phebe Schmidt, Untitled, 2015, digital print, 5 x 1.8 m.


27.03.2015 – 09.05.2015

Exhibition dates: 27 March – 9 May 2015
Exhibition opening: 6pm Friday 27 March 2015

Thinking about branding, advertising, target audience, etc. is a new, major, solo exhibition by Melbourne artist Alex Vivian. For the exhibition, Vivian presents a new body of work that takes found objects and clothing as the basis for new sculptures and images. Building on his recent exhibition at flake, To propose a petroleum jelly advertisement or campaign (2013), Thinking about branding, advertising, target audience, etc. approaches food and food packaging in general, and condiments specifically, as an accessory, rather than fuel for the body. Vivian explains:

A logo is favoured among a certain age group. It is the youth.

A mayonnaise logo safety-pinned to the back of a backpack, used as a prop in a crude show, copied and sketched and drawn over and over again.

They say the youth breed new ideas, are most receptive to the advertising of products… and of food in general.

Food isn’t for eating, it is to be thought of as merely a product, an object of striking colour, an advertisement to be adorned on one’s clothing.

The youth are wearing these ideas, these products.

Thick mayonnaise is mixed with other condiments as an accent to an outfit. Lathered on jackets, combed through hair. Food is used to encourage a new approach to food, almost as a way to repel interaction!

To be around food, but be in a constant state of desperation and unfed.

It is said you think differently when your mind is somewhere else…

A delicious frock, Rank and expired bell-bottoms, mother's sapid boot, fetid Seuss hat, a scrumptious leather shirt.

Alex Vivian, born 1981. Lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. Selected solo exhibitions: Debut Stand (with Lou Hubbard), Westspace, Melbourne, 2014; Dirt Season Lookbook, Sutton Projects, Melbourne, 2013; To propose a Petroleum jelly advertisement or campaign, flake, Melbourne, 2013; Mens apparel, distressed, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, 2012; Breakfast stains decorate a hooded sweatshirt (ideas to be laundered), Galleria, Perth, 2012; An oversized jacket, jeans that fit, Hopkinson and Cundy, Auckland, 2011. Selected group exhibitions: Implicated and Immune, Michael Lett Gallery, Auckland, 2015; Carpet burn, Papkura Art Gallery, Auckland, 2014; Know who you are at every age, 3106 W Fullerton, Chicago, 2014; New Argument Stream, Slopes, Melbourne, 2014; The office, ACL Partners, Paris, 2014; Regimes of Value, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2013.

Image: Alex Vivian, Untitled, 2015, paper, coffee stain, pencil, chocolate wrapper, 210 x 280 mm.

Media release here.


27.03.2015 – 09.05.2015

Exhibition dates: 27 March – 9 May 2015
Exhibition opening: 6pm Friday 27 March 2015

In his drawings, Melbourne-based Danish artist Søren Dahlgaard explores ideas pertaining to the transformation of familiar objects, methods and concepts in areas as diverse as architecture, painting, sculpture, inflatables and life in general. Many of these ideas have been realised in a range of media such as performance, photography, video, inter-active sculpture and installation works. For his Studio 12 exhibition Mobile Island, Dahlgaard concentrates on the transformative qualities of drawing, creating an immersive installation from a large number of ink on paper drawings of various different sizes.

Søren Dahlgaard, born 1973, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lives in Melbourne. Studied at Slade School of Fine Arts, London 1997–2002; PhD candidate, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2015–2017. Selected exhibitions include: Venice Biennale 2013, Photographers Gallery London, The National Art Gallery Denmark, Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, ECCO – Espaço Cultural Contemporâneo, Brasilia, Brazil, Art Building, Aarhus, Denmark, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark. KOES - Museum of art in Public Spaces, Denmark, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Finland, Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, Tbilisi Triennial, Georgia, Digital Art Center, Israel, CCA Andratx Contemporary Art Center, Mallorca Spain, CCBB Centro Cultural Banco Brasilia, Brazil, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw. Vancouver biennale, Canada. Blurrr 7 – International Performance Art Biennial, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel. Singapore Biennale 2008, The National Art Gallery, Maldives, Te Tuhi Arts Center, New Zealand, Galleria Civica Museum of contemporary art, Trento, Italy, Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China and MoMA P.S.1, New York.

Image: Søren Dahlgaard.

Media release here.