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exhibitions

FIONA ABICARE, CATHERINE OR KATE, TANIA BRUGUERA (CUBA), NINA BEIER (DEN) AND MARVIN GAYE CHETWYND (UK)

WHY NOT WALK BACKWARD?
02.05.2014 – 31.05.2014

CURATED BY BROOKE BABINGTON AND LIANG LUSCOMBE

EXHIBITION DATES: 2 MAY – 31 MAY 2014
OPNEING: FRIDAY 1 MAY 2014, 6PM – 8PM

To those who turned their feet around so that their tracks would confuse their pursuers: why not walk backward? - Seth Price

Why not walk backward? considers the implications of reiteration. To repeat, when contemporary time threatens to subsume our sense of history and narrative, is to propose a different type of relationship to time. The group of five Australian and international artists in Why not walk backward?, Fiona Abicare, Nina Beier, Tania Bruguera, Catherine or Kate and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, retrace old steps – their own and others – using appropriation to deal with the ghosts of the past in new and imaginative ways.

Each of these artists utilise performance or strategies associated with performance to appropriate existing, historically significant works of art through homage, reinterpretation or re-enactment. Working at the intersection of performance and appropriation they address issues of temporality and historiography.

This use of appropriation is taken up by Melbourne artist Fiona Abicare in an evolving installation and performance work. Artist Actor, Artist Auteur reworks and combines costumes worn by female artists depicted in film as the material basis to ground an elaborate network of personal recollections, associations and schematic representations.

Nina Beier’s sculpture Trauerspiel will be recreated by an actor employed to perform the creative act on the artist’s behalf, armed only with verbal descriptions of the original work. This will be the third iteration of Beier’s Trauerspiel: the work dictates that the exhibition copy be destroyed at the close of each exhibition to be remade again by another collaborator at a later date.

Alongside these works will be a video by 2012 Turner Prize nominee and performance artist Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (formerly Spartacus Chetwynd) whose ad-hoc, amateur performances throw together references from art history and popular culture. For Why not walk backward? Chetwynd presents The Walk to Dover, a film photomontage that documents a journey taken by her and a group of friends from London to Dover following in the footsteps of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield.

Returning from a semester at ‘comedy school’ in Chicago, emerging Brisbane duo Catherine or Kate will gently mock and pay homage to mentor artists Paul Harrison and John Wood (UK) and The Art Guys (USA). These video works copy video interviews and artworks by their mentors in a humorously lo-fi and irreverent style that sits at the intersection of performance and appropriation.

Tania Bruguera engenders a profoundly different tenor through her decade-long project of re-enactment in an attempt to effect a reclamation of her Cuban-born compatriot Ana Mendieta’s work within Cuban cultural identity.

This project is supported by NEXT WAVE through the 2014 NEXT WAVE EMERGING CURATORS PROGRAM 

TAREE MACKENZIE

STUDIO 12: TAREE MACKENZIE, LINE SHADOWS
02.05.2014 – 31.05.2014

EXHIBITION DATES: 2 MAY – 31 MAY 2014
OPNEING: FRIDAY 1 MAY 2014, 6PM – 8PM

Line Shadows presents a new installation work by current Gertrude Studio Artist Taree Mackenzie in the Studio 12 Project Space.

Taree Mackenzie's videos and installations combine colour, light and space to create a sense of wonder and surprise. Using simple lighting tricks and kinetics, Mackenzie builds works that challenge our received notions of visual perception.  Recent exhibitions include New14, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria; History is our audience, West Space; FX, Centre for Contemporary Photography; Menage a trois, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington; UN Magazine 6.1 Launch, Death be Kind, Melbourne; The First and Final Y3K Second (third) Inaugural Melbourne Biennial of International Arts, Y3K Gallery, Melbourne. Taree holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from the Victorian College of the Arts.