146 ArtSpace 2014 gallery program
146 ArtSpace is a non-profit art gallery showcasing contemporary exhibitions by Tasmanian artists working across the spectrum of visual arts, craft, design and new media. The gallery’s annual program of exhibitions provides a platform for fostering artistic excellence, presenting works from emerging and established artists.
We are excited to share with you the 2014 exhibition program, offering a diverse line-up of talented Tasmanian artists and a series of shows that are challenging, inventive and sure to intrigue viewers throughout the year.
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06 February - 06 March
Design Tasmania presents a series of working prototypes developed by seven designers following a mentorship with award-winning designer David Shaw as part of the Flat.Stack.Fold.program.
Flat.Stack.Fold. was devised by Design Tasmania to develop new furniture and objects that flat-pack, stack or fold. This program aims to stimulate the development of innovative products that address issues of sustainability and transportation. The exhibition, curated by Rye Dunsmuir, looks to inform the audience of design as a process rather than simply an outcome.
FSF (Flat.Stack.Fold.) features prototypes by Tasmanian designers Loz Abberton Simon Ancher, Allanah D’Allura, Jye Edwards, Brandon Lee, Matthew Prince and Jo White from Queensland.
Image: FSF13 exhibition at Design Tasmania. Photo: Chris Crerar.
13 March - 10 April
Formed & Unformed: An Exhibition of Drawing
Presented by the Tasmanian College of the Arts in partnership with Arts Tasmania
“The process of making art creates a world from the world. By transforming and transcending the naturally experienced, the artist maps his or her world as their document of this symbiotic process.”
- John Warwicker, The Floating World (2008)
Formed & Unformed: An Exhibition of Drawing, brings together 6 artists who are engaged in the interpretation of experience through the material and conceptual processes of drawing.
The Tasmanian College of the Arts (TCotA) promotes an expanded definition of drawing and the different ways drawing is conceived, made and used. Through its creative programs there is an emphasis on risk- taking, independent thinking and inventive forms of art making. The participating artists in this exhibition: Laura Hindmarsh, Jeremy Jung, Jan Hogan, Jacob Leary, Meg Walsh and Steve Woodbury all share close connections, past and present, with TCotA and explore the possibilities of drawing in their respective practices. While not its only measure, for these artists drawing is positioned in discovery, experimentation and opportunity. They are not concerned to inscribe an external reality; the only reality of their drawing is the drawing itself. In this exhibition the immediacy of drawing is valued - it maps the relationship of these artists with whatever is being experienced in the processes of making.
Image: Takadanobaba Test Number 1, 2013, Meg Walch.
17 April - 15 May
Matthew Newton’s photographs bear witness to the barren landscape, small towns of forgotten people and places that lie beneath the romantic, post-card perception of Tasmania. Inspired by historical accounts and contemporary political dialogue, Another Country unites portraits, landscapes and still life in a series of photographs that explore the lives of people residing in the corners of Tasmania. Matthew Newton is a documentary photographer and cinematographer based in Hobart.
Image: Untitled, 2011, Matthew Newton.
22 May - 19 June
Back to the Future (I)
In Back to the Future (I), Alicia King exhibits a series of work exploring the transformative relationship between biology and technology. The work draws upon ideas of artificial nature and a new aesthetics of biology inextricably bound with alchemical reformation through developing technologies.
Alicia is a Hobart-based interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores permutations in humans, animals and the wider environment. Through engagement with new media and sculptural practice, Alicia’s work creates visual and conceptual mythologies for our technologically mediated life.
Image: Death and Future, 2013, Alicia King.
22 May - 19 June
Fragments of Flinders
Over sixteen days in August 2013, Launceston based artist Marisa Molin journeyed to Flinders Island as part of a residency at Mountain Seas Arts Retreat, which was supported by funding through Arts Tasmania’s Artsbridge Program. During this residency Marisa gathered, documented and explored the landscape, getting lost amongst the wilderness of Flinders Island. This idea of succumbing to the environment forms the basis of Fragments of Flinders, which features a selection of bespoke sculptural jewellery made from organic elements and fragments discovered on the island.
Image: Lost Coral #2, 2012, Marissa Molin.
26 June - 24 July
Office for Non-Human Engagement
Nadège Philippe-Janon & Felix Wilson
This collaborative exhibition by two emerging artists Nadège Philippe-Janon and Felix Wilson, has been conceived specifically for 146 ArtSpace. Taking inspiration from Bruno Latour’s concept of A Parliament of Things the artists will transform 146 ArtSpace into an imagined office for non-human engagement that is responsible for human communication with non-human agents. Office for Non-Human Engagement will play with the reality of 146 ArtSpace and seek to playfully subvert it through a conceptually refined installation that allows viewers to question how we can relate to non-humans and recognise their agency.
Image: Installation View, 2013, Nadège Philippe-Janon.
31 July - 28 August
Curated by arts@work
Scheme: a plan, design, or program of action to be followed; a visionary project; a system of connected things.
The Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme was the first of its kind to be established in Australia in 1979. Its creation demonstrated a visionary understanding of the way in which artworks enrich public spaces. This exhibition celebrates 35 years of the scheme with a selection of artworks, photographs, prototypes and sketches revealing the development of artwork through the commission journey.
Scheme invites you to reflect on the rich history, diversity of work and the talented Tasmanian artists who have all contributed to this valuable collection of public art.
Image: Garland, 2012, Will Goodsir.
4 September - 2 October
Bridge2Bridge is the name of a prestigious, internationally renowned water skiing race held annually on the Hawkesbury River in Sydney, NSW. Commencing at the Hawkesbury River Bridge, the race tracks 112km inland to the finishing line at Windsor. The concept of the bridge is recognised as spanning the distance between one side of the river and the other. The paintings in Bridge2Bridge seek to shift and extend this idea to explore the interstitial space between two bridges. As a result, the river becomes a bridge between two bridges, or, a suspension across two spans. The paintings in Bridge2Bridge seek a similar form of suspension.
Image: Ben Taylor, The Bridge, 2014, pearlescent pigment and synthetic polymer on canvas. Photo by artist.
9 October - 6 November
MISS DESPOINAS Pataphysical SALON
Miss Despoinas Critical Engineering Space
What is a digital perm? Miss Despoinas is a Hobart-based Critical Engineering Space and a platform for creative research. Miss Despoinas members include Julia Drouhin, Kylie Johnson, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Nick Smithies and Pip Stafford who work in experimental and collaborative ways across performance, maker culture and networked art forms. They will create a Pataphysical Salon at 146 Artspace, working with speculative ideas around the production and consumption of technology.
13 November - 11 December
The Primal Place
Dean’s practice focuses on developing representations of human ecology – the study of interrelationships between people and their environment. The Primal Place is inspired by his interaction with non-human, natural systems as mediated through and within his domestic environment.
Through diverse techniques and media this exhibition explores aesthetic strategies for depicting exchange, transformation and cohabitation within the home. Although derived from a lived, personal perspective this suite of works also invites viewers to reflect on their own experiences and observations.
Image: At Home, 2013, Dean Chatwin.
13 November - 11 December
Lacunae - small worlds
Suze van der Beek
Suze van der Beek’s large-scale photographs of water in glass bowls create illusory spaces that blur depth and distance. The images aim to emphasise the phenomena of visual allure as primarily a somatic, bodily felt experience. The images inspire an engaged mode of looking and the capturing of a moment of visual intimacy, seemingly creates a new, small world.
Image: Untitled, 2013, Suze van der Beek.
18 December - 15 January
curated by Victor Manuel Medrano-Bonilla
Emerging Curator Victor Manuel Medrano-Bonilla’s fascination with la calavera, Spanish for skull or skeleton, originated from his childhood experience of the festivities that engulf Mexico in celebration of el Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead is an ancient Mexican tradition that combines the traditions of the indigenous communities of Mexico with the Catholic traditions brought by the Spanish to the New World. In Mexico, the Days of the Dead are not days of mourning; these are days of celebration and often the folk art mocks death and plays with the idea of death through iconic representations.
This exhibition will play on the carnavalesque symbolism of the festival, with participating artists Joel Crosswell, Sabrina Evans, Rob O’Connor, Tom O’Hern and Caz Rodwell embracing the spirit of the occasion in their medium of choice.
Image: Mr Shnooky Pooks, 2012, Tom O’Hern