Show runs from the 1st - 19th February
c3 opens its first show for 2012 on Wednesday the 1st of February from 6-8pm
I am intrigued by the idea of deconstructing experience, particularly in relation to our understanding of the human body and its representation as the ultimate physical and metaphysical boundary. Quantum science especially, is a crucial driver in my work as it pushes us to completely re-question our perspective about the physical make-up of our universe. Similarly, Eastern philosophies, including the Japanese 'Ma' concept of space as fundamentally void, has also influenced my practice quite significantly.
I aim to encourage a kind of un-learning, a collapsing of order and rationality so that we can let go and concede to an oneiric version of things. The whole installation is re-constituted as one would a fossil, trying to re-piece history into a coherent form, despite the fact there is none. The process and development of the work is a creative exercise that aims to materialise the instinctive understanding of feeling in pure form.
ANNA PARRY, HELEN NODDING & VALENTINA PALONEN
Neon Forest presents a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures which explore depictions of nature from a distinctly contemporary standpoint. Re-imagining the natural, each of the artists will endeavour to transform their subject into the artificial, the metaphorical, the supernatural, or the microscopic using their own individual creative processes.
SHE WOULD’VE HAD MY LIPS
Her image is one imagined only through a desire to grasp hold of something, forever enveloped in unreality. A vision existing only in the realm of the Photographic, an alchemic creation offering a glimpse of the Divine. Referencing photographic history and its ties to the paranormal, spirit possessions and the female hysteric. The images existing in paradox; past and present, pain and pleasure, perceived through these material portals we may never enter.
For this project I will create an installation of figurative sculptures using ceramic. The idea will to be to blur lines of identity through hybridising forms and changing ideas of function. I hope to open up questions of how we perceive ourselves and how we see outside ourselves in contemporary society.
Currently living and working in Melbourne my art practice incorporates sculpture, painting and drawing.
In addition to my solo practice I have recently begun working collaboratively with Rhys Lee.
EDMUND THE OLD HOUSE
CHRIS O’BRIEN AND BERNADETTE TRENCH-THIEDEMAN
An immersive installation using illusory devices such as projection, lighting, and visual deception, Edmund the old house will come to life with ghosts, doves in the roof, mould and water dripping.
Visitors will have the opportunity to inhabit this celebration of decay and history.
Footage of ghosts will be screened/projected outside the house and in.
Peepholes in the roof will reveal doves roosting.
Shadows will creep across the walls; potatoes will grow in the front yard.
The installation will be a time-machine transporting the viewer to the Victorian era, where ‘something happened’ in the front room. Ghosts will flicker across the room, the sounds of doves, bats, rain on the roof and water dripping will be heard.
Small models of Edmund the house will fly out of the window. Viewers will see the same house they currently inhabit, as they peer out the windows.
TETSU AND OTYU
In this March of 2011, Japan went through the catastrophe.
My hometown, Fukushima, also had calamity of the tsunami and it’s consequences.
This event affected me, making me feel totally scared and powerless as I was in Australia and could only watch the news.
Many people lost their family, friends, house, job, food etc… but they didn’t give in at all.
When I saw them, I remembered my grandparents and with it I remembered some pictures I naively took for them and then I thought they were probably the best pictures I have ever taken.
For some reason, the daily life of my grandparents always aroused my curiosity and every time I captured their life with my camera, I ran to the photo studio to develop my pictures and then wait impatiently until the photos were finished.
My grandparents experienced the Second World War calamity, didn’t have foods and clothing.
But they never gave their life in. but also they were always strong, cheerful life. The pictures I took were able to capture those virtues and I don’t know if it was because of them, maybe it was because of me, or maybe just the fact that I loved them so much.
That’s why I couldn’t stop taking pictures of them.
I have taken pictures of them more than 10 years and I would like to take their pictures more, but unfortunately they passed away last year. Their pictures give me inspiration to live happily and cheerful, even in the hard times. Hopefully these pictures can cheer up whoever sees them.