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APPROACHING THE POST-NATURAL: PART 2

Ren Gregorčič, One another other (installation detail), 2019.

Ren Gregorčič, One another other (installation detail), 2019.

One another other, my sculptural installation in ‘nature, post-nature’ of composed of a series of 5 solid concrete sculptures each with gold detailing. The gold is highly reflective and so it picks up ambient light, casting warm yellow onto the harsh stone surface. It’s a mesmerising quality that reflects my research into the role of intimacy within the context of the Anthropocene.

As Timothy Morton discusses in ‘Dark Ecology’, climate change is linked to our physical and mental distance from geological and ecological systems that are not. Closeness to physical aspects of nature (i.e. rocks, plants, animals) that are not changed or augmented for the purposes of human use (forests, wild animals, natural fields, cave systems etc.) generates a feeling of place and interconnectedness that promotes awareness and empathy. Distance on the other hand folds nature into simplified versions of complex systems consistent with human logic.

Most people’s relationships to nature, I would argue, sit somewhere between these polar opposites; nobody is ever full removed from human-limited nature. However, our access to these places is becoming increasingly limited and so, in our changed world, there is a need for us to establish empathy with the white plaster walls, grey concrete and cold steel materials that now dominate.

I’ve found that soft light and rippled reflections have an interesting ability to create intrigue that seems to establish this closeness of mind and so I’ve incorporated it into One another other. I’m very excited to continue to test the effects of soft light and rippled reflections in upcoming works.

If you’re in Melbourne, make sure to check to see One another other in ‘nature, post-nature’, my collaborative exhibition with Jessye Wdowin-McGregor, at Rubicon Ari (309 Queensberry St, Melbourne) from 21 March to 5 April.

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Ren Gregorčič, one another other, ink on paper, 2019.

Ren Gregorčič, one another other, ink on paper, 2019.

On Friday 1st February, my latest solo exhibition ‘One another other’ opened at Brunswick Street Gallery in Melbourne. The show focuses on the reproductive adaptation of Oxalis pes-caprae (also known as ‘soursobs’). Oxalis pes-caprae is plant native to southern Africa that was introduced into southern Australia and other regions of the world where it has become a significant invasive species. In its native environment, soursobs reproduce sexually. However, in situations where genetically suitable mates are limited as a result of a plant’s relocation through human activity, Oxalis pes-caprae has been shown to shift to clonal (asexual) reproduction while maintaining genetic variation in offspring. Research has also shown that Oxalis pes-caprae is able to shift back to sexual reproduction when genetically suitable mates become available, an evolution that can occur in just a few generations.

‘One another other’ is on at Brunswick Street Gallery until 17th February 2019. Click here to visit the gallery’s website.

complex adaptation

400% bonus has its origins in my research into the legacy of colonialism and global modernity (the contemporary condition or quality of what it means when we refer to something as being ‘modern’) as a Western imperial tradition centred on the conquering and claiming of territories.

The biological adaptation of soursobs is the perfect example of this legacy; ecological systems are disrupted by human activity on claimed territories which induces the need for a new equilibrium. And as nature disentangles itself from Western imperial narratives by achieving re-balanced states, some difficult questions begin to form: how do we (as individuals and collectively) reconcile with inherited Western imperial narratives? Can we accept that these narratives are fallible constructs? How do we allow for natural, local systems to re-surface? Will we ever be able to accept the ‘known world’ as non-ridged, non-mathematical and non-predictable? And can we accept that the widely-accepted position of human knowledge as objective needs to be dismantled and replaced with ambiguity in order to sustain life on Earth?

Ren Gregorčič, 400% bonus (installation detail), 2018.

Ren Gregorčič, 400% bonus (installation detail), 2018.

simples feel that became complex

Tomorrow is the opening of 'feel forever feels’ at Trocadero Art Space in Fitzroy, a collaborative show between myself and the stunningly talented Shannon Garrrett examing what it means to be ‘forever’ within the context of globalisation. The show presents a series of photographs printed onto suspended double-backed white linen, each depicting a second-hand sofa. 

‘Discarded sofas are products that once embodied ‘newness’ and luxury before becoming worn and ‘out-of-date’ as a result of human use. They are relatable symbols of the contemporary relationship between visual experience, technology and wealth within the system of global modernism where aesthetics are formed, elevated as 'taste' (often through textiles and fashion), used and thrown away.’ 

The exhibition is inspired by the concept of 'social sculpture' as described by Joseph Bueys; a theoretical framework for understanding human activity that has played a part in shaping society or the environment as a form of art.

Make sure to check out the show. Click here for more details.

‘feel forever feels’ Supported by MEL&NYC PROGRAM MELBOURNE 2018 National Gallery of Victoria through the All Conference facilitated program MAKING SPACES.

feel forever feels (installation view), Shannon Garrett and Ren Gregorčič, 2017.

feel forever feels (installation view), Shannon Garrett and Ren Gregorčič, 2017.

when you run a mile

With the beginning of June around the corner, I’ve been focusing on getting my shows ready for the second half of 2019. Local Lonely Girls finishes up at Tacit Galleries, Collingwood on June 3rd; from there I’ll then be setting up ‘what am i to you’ at frotyfivedownstairs for the Emerging Artist Award 2018; and then it’s off to Trocadero Art Space in Footscray with Shannon Garrett for ‘feel forever feels’. Plenty of opportunities to see my work, come to an opening or attend a floor talk. For details about what's on the horizon visit the ‘upcoming events’ section of my website.

Many more projects are in the works so make sure to check my blog for news or sign up to my nifty newsletter.

Shannon Garrett and Ren Gregorčič, feel forever feels (installation detail), 2017.

Shannon Garrett and Ren Gregorčič, feel forever feels (installation detail), 2017.

Local Lonely Girls

It has been a tremendous week. My show Local Lonely Girls at Tacit Galleries in Collingwood opened on 9th May, when I also launched by very first publication of the same name. None of this would be possible without Duncan Bean, Casimira Melican and Shannon Garrett, who have supported me all the way.

On May 19th from 1-2pm, I'll be delivering a floor talk at Tacit Galleries (123 Gipps Street, Collingwood) to discuss the themes of the show and my attempts to combat the often invisible and entrenched hegemonic, non-digital masculine, heteronormative systems of power, class and fortune in which these messages originate. Damn the man.

I hope to see you there!

Installation view of Local Lonely Girls. On show at Tacit Galleries (123 Gipps St Collingwood) from May 9 to June 3.

Installation view of Local Lonely Girls. On show at Tacit Galleries (123 Gipps St Collingwood) from May 9 to June 3.

local lonely girls are waiting

I'm all ready and excited to open my solo show at Tacit Galleries in Collingwood on May 9th!

More than 10 years has passed since I opened the email account that I still use today. Since opening my account, I have received countless spam emails promising access to everything that one could imagine; methamphetamines, new age spirituality, brides, porn, free computers, gold, easy ways to tighten my abs, get-rich-fast secrets, Viagra, employment offers, psychic readings, and the list goes on. In a digital universe of limitless possibilities, the highly graphic and often cryptic nature of spam emails have always been both alluring and problematic. Spam emails, particularly those offering pornographic and ‘adult’ services, are problematic for their intentional and creative strategies to deceive others through mechanisms of influence and manipulation. They symbolise the maintenance of a gender order of power that links sex, money and fortune; one that is masculine, dominating and heteronormative.

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exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery

Last Thursday 25th January was the opening of Emerge: Extended at Brunswick Street Gallery, an exhibition of emerging and established artists that includes my sculpture 'what am i to you'. The turn out was really great and I received a lot of thoughtful feedback, which I am always grateful for. Thanks to everyone for coming to the opening. Emerge: Extended goes until February 6th.

what am i to you, 2017, installation at Brunswick Street Gallery

what am i to you, 2017, installation at Brunswick Street Gallery