23rd January - 9th February Gallery One: Hannah Fox – Città. Terra.
Meaning — “Town. Earth.” This new body of work is a product of my recent artist residency in northern Italy and continues my exploration of documenting felt experiences.
I observed a softer light fall on the facades of historic buildings and surveyed the textures and shapes of stone walls. The warm tones of Italy’s earth featured heavily both in the transforming autumnal trees and in the township itself.
This exhibition encompasses a fusion of my aesthetic responses. The ‘still response’ — paintings; and the ‘adaptable response’ — the interactive ceramic works. Both work together in unison yet provide alternate experiences.
The Canning Room: Alejandro Casas - In-Between
The everyday is divided. It is divided amongst our distractions, our obligations, our sense of purpose and our sense of boredom. Technology has come to occupy a large piece of this division, to the extent that our perspective of the world around us is infinitely smaller. However, as the everyday becomes continually repurposed, something slips, something goes unnoticed and falls into the in-between.
This group of photos explores the boundary between connection and perspective at the limit of our daily experience. These photos view the in-between as a mode of being that goes from place to place, as a concrete fact of the everyday that might otherwise go unseen.
13th February - 1st March Gallery One: Virginia Cummins & Bettina Willner-Browne
Cummins and Willner-Browne use photography and sculpture, respectively, to convey a symbiotic relationship with the natural world and to mark the passage of time. Pathways, totems and coral-like formations serve as monuments to memory and desire.
Image: Virginia Cummins
The Canning Room: Linda Studená - A Mountain of Fallen Monuments
In A Mountain of Fallen Monuments Linda Studená presents a series of works combining drawing, photography and experimental camera-less processes. The works reference and appropriate shapes of public sculpture from former communist Czechoslovakia between 1969 and 1989, loosely termed as 'normalisation' abstraction and aim to challenge the ideology of the style, opening new dialogues both personal and collective.
This series in part of an ongoing interest in monuments as cultural anchors and the implications of objects serving ideological and aesthetic functions in the community. Studená experiments with notion of femininity, materiality and form, and reimagines alternative narratives for the historical sculptures they depict; re-purposing their metaphysical potential by placing them in new contexts and in a different medium.
5th - 22nd March Gallery One: Amaya Iturri – Tira del Hilo / Pull the Thread
Fashion is embedded in our social and political world, implicating us all in issues of identity and ethical practice.
I take fashion's aesthetics and lexicon to comment on a range of subjects that are of my concern: fast fashion, mass production, impact of fashion on environment, ethical issues concerning human resources and animal treatment.
Held as part of the 2020 Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival.