SELECTED CURATORIAL PROJECTS
物の気 'Mono No Ke', 23 March - Sunday, 3 June 2018
Artist(s): 志村 信裕 (Shimura Nobuhiro)
The divinity of natural things is the focus of Japanese artist 志村 信裕 (Shimura Nobuhiro's) first Australian solo exhibition 物の気 , ‘mono no ke’ meaning ‘the spirit of things’. 物の気 features work by the artist created in several media, including film, earthenware and text. Each work draws on the Shimura’s recent investigation into the Japanese concept of 気 ‘ki’, a term that describes the ancient Shinto (the traditional religion of Japan) understanding of what constitutes life force.
物の気 connects to the Japanese understanding of what constitutes 気, which since ancient times, has included a vast range of ambiguous and permeable flowing states such as ‘energy’, ‘mood’ and ‘mind’. Unlike in English, 気 or life force, is not confined to natural phenomena and human consciousness. 気 also encompasses things that the eye cannot see and as such it signifies a universal flow of energy across many planes of existence
An Ever Present Universe, 25 November 2017 - 22 April 2018
Artist(s): Fiona Clarke, featuring in-language story telling by Vicki Couzens
In An Ever Present Universe South West artist Fiona Clarke presents the star dreaming story of the Seven Sisters: a culturally significant creation songline amongst a large number of Indigenous Australian language groups. This immersive exhibition features original paintings by Fiona Clarke telling the story of the Seven Sisters set amongst an installation of glow stars and a telling of the star dreaming story in language and English by Vicki Couzens.
South West TAFE Graduating Exhibition, 11 November - 26 November 2017
Artist(s): South West TAFE Graduates. Curatorial assistants Yumemi Hiraki and Jessica Meggs.
The 2017 South West TAFE (SW TAFE) Visual Arts Graduating Exhibition showcases the bold and diverse practices that are bustling in South West Victoria. This group show is a glimpse into the processes and conceptual developments of each exhibiting student, orchestrated under one coherent and tactile space. The high calibre of works on display reflect this critical moment in their career, as they transition from student to thriving emerging artist, and begin their respective journeys.
Ancestral Memories, 10 November - 3 December 2017
Artist(s): Marion Manifold
Dr Marion Manifold is a South West Victorian-based printmaker. Her research interests and PhD explores identity and female body imaging. Ancestral Memories brings together work on both genetic memory – which includes inherited family memories of wars, displacement, migration and settlement – and more recent memories that are gained through living history and being immersed in the lives and belongings of both ancestors and former women of the Manifold family. The work continues Manifold's research in female identity and body imaging and consists of linocuts created since 2008, many incorporating applique, hand-sewn beads or embroidery.
Currency, 10 November - 3 December 2017
Artist(s): Kim Sargent-Wishart
Currency is a new screendance made with a group of local Warrnambool dancers spanning 6 decades in age, from teens to sixties. It explores questions of ageing and visibility in girls and women, and represents ageing as ambiguous and slippery, as movement along a current or continuum of time. Challenging fixed ideas of ‘old’ and ‘young,’ it also considers issues of ageing and cultural currency, the desire to be visible or to disappear, and the experience of our physical bodies as simultaneously architecturally formal and illusory.
HAVEN, 12 October - 15 November 2017
HAVEN is a concept, pop-up salon, meeting place, exhibition, performance and music space for the LGBTIQA+ communities of South-Western Victoria. Offering a range of daily programs made up of artists and community led activities - visual arts programs, classes, community support groups, workshops, celebrations and performances - HAVEN is a place for community, creativity and connection. HAVEN is an example of a contemporary method of art making and curatorial practice termed 'socially engaged practice' or 'social art'. Socially engaged practice describes artworks and projects that involve people and community in debate, collaboration of social interaction, with the aim of delivering locally specific and community led outcomes for and with community.
Lineage, 29 September - 1 November 2017
Artist(s): Connor Ovenden
Lineage is a collection of thoughts focusing on Ovenden's relationship with the women in their life; how their femininity is influenced by society and the ways social definitions of gender influence them. The exhibition is also an exploration of where this deep sense of connection Ovenden feels towards ‘the feminine’ comes from and where it might be taking them.
Bodies of Conflict, 29 July - 17 September 2017
Artist(s): Kate Gane
In ‘Bodies of Conflict’, Camperdown artist Kate Gane presents a new works that respond to her experiences of facing and healing from breast cancer. While undergoing cancer treatment, Kate’s mother gifted her four terrariums: each a microcosm of life that continued to grow even while Kate felt her weakest and most vulnerable. ‘Bodies of Conflict’ presents these terrariums in an immersive installation set against footage of an echocardiogram (an ‘echo’ scan) of Kate’s heart taken when she was first diagnosed with cancer.
From The Bower: patterns of collecting, 18 March - 12 June 2017
Artist(s): Loris Button, Deborah Klein, Louise Saxton and Carole Wilson
‘From the Bower: patterns of collecting’ presents artworks and items from the personal collections of four contemporary Victorian artists: Loris Button, Deborah Klein, Louise Saxton and Carole Wilson. The exhibition is a series of installations that features a range of curiosities (such as natural history specimens, memorabilia and domestic textiles) alongside works by the artists that respond directly and/or relate to their collections. The work in this exhibition is rich with personal narrative, loaded with nostalgia, beautifully crafted and so very engaging to look upon. Even more so, through the inclusion of the accompanying objects.
Bolita Pa Bolita, 11 February - 17 April 2017
Artist(s): Melissa Aitken
In this, her first solo exhibition, Gilgar Gunditj artist Melissa Aitken presents paintings and drawings that respond to the shapes, lines and forms of four of the forty nine individual pelts that make up a possum-skin cloak created by her ancestors. Meaning ‘two by two’ or ‘equalling four’, Bolita pa Bolita (Dhauwurd Wurrang language, Gunditjmara County) constitutes a metalanguage, one that describes Melissa’s own exploration and understanding of her tangible and intangible cultural heritage.