GWENNETH BOELENS & HELEN GROGAN, ERIC DEMETRIOU, TESS MCKENZIE, NICK SELENITSCH, JACOB WEISS AND NICKI WYNNYCHUK. CURATED BY SHAE NAGORCKA
WE ARE HIDDEN AND WE CAN SEE YOU, WE ARE HIDDEN AND YOU CAN SEE US
As the successful applicant for Next Wave and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces’ 2007 Emerging Curators Program, Shae Nagorcka has created a dynamic group exhibition that opens at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces on 23 May 2008. The exhibition entitled We Are Hidden And We Can See You, We Are Hidden And You Can See Us unravels the complex and usually concealed processes of artistic creation.
Have you ever felt distanced by an artwork? Have you ever been utterly confused by what you were looking at? Have you ever wondered what the artist was even thinking? The participants in We Are Hidden And We Can See You, We Are Hidden And You Can See Us all have, and they hope to change that.
We Are Hidden And We Can See You, We Are Hidden And You Can See Us takes a look at the meanings and processes behind artworks, examining the relationship between the artwork and ourselves. Operating like a three-dimensional, walk-through documentary, We Are Hidden incorporates video diaries for all of the participating artists, an evolving internet blog that records conversations between the artists and the curator, as well as documentation of the individual artworks’ journeys into being. The finished works will also find their place in the exhibition, covering a range of media including sculptural installation, painting, video, text and more.
We Are Hidden will be an organic, process-driven exhibition that will bring the events and interactions that go on behind an artwork out into the open. As Curator Shae Nagorcka explains; “By making the process inseparable from the artwork, we can open up a whole area of knowledge and discussion. “ Arguments and conversations, successes and failures - all the messy stuff that is usually kept out of the gallery - will be brought back in, for better or worse.
Curated by Shae Nagorcka, We Are Hidden And We Can See You, We Are Hidden And You Can See Us will feature the work (and reflections) of seven young and emerging artists: Gwenneth Boelens (from The Netherlands) and Helen Grogan, Eric Demetriou, Tess McKenzie, Nick Selenitsch, Jacob Weiss and Nicki Wynnychuk.