c3 opens its new show on Wednesday the 26th September at 6-8pm
Show runs from 26th September - 14th October 2012
MAPPING THE INTANGIBLES
Mapping the Intangibles considers museological devices such as the grid, the specimen, the container and frame. I am particularly interested in how these structures and display devices reveal a value for administrative efficiency sometimes at the expense of what has been collected.
I arrange small worlds of ambiguous paper objects within conventional display structures. I choose to work with paper as it conveys the appearance of strength and fragility and may be manipulated, cut, stitched, stretched. Employing repetition, grids, rows and other measuring devices I explore the relationship and tension between a whole and its parts, between the frame and object contained within.
Mapping the Intangibles ultimately muses on the extent to which we can process, interpret and possibly know the world around us.
O’Carrigan’s works take the ‘human condition’ and its accompanying existential void and as their subject matter—though they are sometimes tongue in cheek. The works focus on the notion of communication, the pillar on which rests our avoidance of isolation. Flags and placards are greyed out (stripping them of any text, or identifying colour or symbol), and figures isolated—waving their flags at nothing. The works imagine the problems resulting when communication is blocked: they trace the tension between the human need to speak to others about hopes and fears, and the difficulty of doing so articulately.
In Phatland, the meticulously drawn landscapes of Ross Taylor float amid a silent white void. Evidence of life appears sporadically and the impact of erosive time plays upon totemic rock formations. Out on the open planes we find ourselves searching for meaning among the composition of the eternal elements.
ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY
The installation ‘Anything but ordinary’ explores the contradiction that while we desperately want to be liked, seeking approval from people similar to us, we also want to be seen as unique, seeing ourselves as distinct from others in the group. We all feel, somehow, that we are more special than others. Our ‘I’ is real, theirs is not.
The installation brings together notions of group cohesion and display, sincerity and social anxiety. It asks you to reflect on how you cope with the desire to blend in and at the same time to stand out and be noticed as unique.
How do others see you? What impression do you want to make? Is it worthwhile even trying to make an impression here? Are you trying to be the ‘real you’ here?
To be anxious and insecure is fine, almost anything is fine, anything as long as we are not seen as ordinary.
In the beginning its about the end and at the end its about the beginning.
AMANDA AIRS, HAYLEY SCILINI & LISA FRANKLAND.
Curated by Adriane Hayward
In Immersion Complex three artists work collaboratively to construct abstract spatial constructions. These will be determined in the space, in a response to the site itself and each other’s practice. Collected cartographic data that maps each artist’s interaction with the Internet will be used to inform these constructions. Visual strategies adapted from definitive data will be used to inform an intangible response to space. This exchange will result in structures that transform the gallery space and mediate audience movement through it. The curator will negotiate the collaboration between the three artists throughout construction.