exhibitions

MARK SHORTER: THE LONESOME RECEIVER

 

Opening: Thursday 18 October, 6pm - 8pm 
Gertrude Glasshouse || 44 Glasshouse Road, Collingwood
Exhibition Dates: 18 October - 17 November
The Lonesome Receiver continues Mark Shorter’s depiction and construction of male identity through the persona of Renny Kodgers. This work is the sequel to Hello Stranger; recently presented at Campbelltown Art Centre, which enacted a classic road movie mise-en-scene to rethink cinematic space and time. For this project, the artist looks at the communication channels and emotional connections of CB radio, favoured by long distance truck drivers. This project will form connection points from Gertrude Glasshouse to Gertrude Contemporary via CB radio, as well as connecting the project to the broader airwaves around Melbourne.

Opening performance Thursday 18 October, from 6pm.
Midnight performance Thursday 1 November, 11pm-1am.

Mark Shorter is a Melbourne-based artist and Head of Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victoria College of the Arts, Melbourne. Shorter makes performances and installations that question dominant narratives around landscape, gender and the body by stretching and turning the ideologies that sit deep in their form to see what bends or breaks. He studied at the National Art School, Sydney and the Sydney College of the Arts where he completed a PhD in Visual Arts. Recent exhibitions and performances include 6m of Plinth, Artspace, Sydney (2016); Can’t Look, Can’t Look Away, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne (2016); Mapping La Mancha, Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand (2015); 50 Ways to Kill Renny Kodgers, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart (2014); The Groker, Plato’s Cave, EIDEA House, New York, USA (2015); Obscure Presence, Boxcopy Gallery, Brisbane (2014); and Acts of Exposure, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart (2013). From 2010 to 2012 Shorter was the host of The Renny Kodgers Quiz Hour on FBi94.5FM. His practice has been critically explored in the publications, Mapping La Mancha (2016), What is Performance Art? (2016) and Quixotic Visions, Lismore Regional Gallery (2013). 

 

Mark Shorter is currently a part of the Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program. The Gertrude Studio Program provides sixteen large, subsidised, non-residential studios to early-practice and mid-career artists for two-year tenures. Studio Artists benefit from working within a supported and collegiate environment, and have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the annual Gertrude Studios group exhibition, as well as have an ambitious solo artist exhibition at Gertrude Glasshouse. This program is a highly coveted opportunity and is subject
 to a rigorous and competitive selection process.