c3 opens it's new show on Wednesday 27th February from 6-8pm
Show runs from 27th February to 17th March 2013
Oscar Yanez’s work comes from a tradition of abstract expressionism.
It is informed by a defiant approach to established notions of good taste and beauty, plundering and reconfiguring the stylistic conventions of abstraction's formal language. His work creates a dialogue between the spontaneous and the considered whilst incorporating ‘error’ or failure as a constructive element.
He also plays on allusions to a symbolic or transcendental meaning, to the occult or new age.
His work explores painting's broader cultural and psychic functions against the backdrop of ironic pre-fabricated consumerism and the internet's proliferation of images.
The work in Flora Mirificus is the outcome of an investigation into notions of environmentalism and perspective viewed through an urban lens. Zac photographed native Victorian flowers and foliage, and then applied a digital process to fracture and collapse the images into hardline, angular shapes. These shattered floral images are then used as the basis for creating the paintings. The final works are a collection of large scale, abstract, colourful non-objective paintings that concern themselves with nature in a contemporary context.
ESTIMATING A FORT
ELYSS MCCLEARYThese works reflect the intricacies between the personal and the mass-produced; the autobiographical and the found/disregarded object in which traces of barely perceivable previous histories and temporalities provide the ground for an encounter between the artist and the discarded material of the urban landscape. Estimating a Fort continues an investigation into the abstract and sculptural potential of urban debris.
Combining highly personal calligraphic marks with the chance abstractions created by the deterioration of the paper and cardboard via pollution, wear, tear and acts of vandalism, each fragment proves to be both a concrete signifying enactment of individual character, as well as part of a larger bricolage of the contemporary built up environment.
STUDIES OF THE PAST
Within this work dissolution of identity is created through fragmentation and destruction of found imagery. By dislocating the content we evoke both past and present functions, pushing viewers into consideration of an impending future.
These tampered interpretations are intended to serve as reference points with no clear narrative we open the door for the viewer to continue to dismantle or build upon the existing, in order to create a new identity.
THREE NIGHTS IN THE DESERT
From a distance these sculptures function as a pictorial collage of textures, forms and empty space. They encourage a meditative contemplation of the shapes, surfaces and rhythms of found objects
At close range the work offers an exercise in self projection. The viewer is invited to insert themselves into a parched, abstract landscape; to tread imagined lines through vast stretches of sand, press their palms against the glassy faces of smooth pebbles, and dip their feet in pools of still water.
NOËL SKRZYPCZAK, MADELINE KIDD, SHERRY PADDON
LAURA PEDERSEN, NARELLE DESMOND, LISA RADFORD
Curated by Laura Pedersen and Claire UlenbergThe premise of the exhibition is to bring together seven female artists that make work that can broadly be referred to as sculpture. The artists involved work in a variety of media and deal with a range of ideas; Gestural and geometric abstraction, day-glo realism, assemblage and conceptual installation.
The exhibition is intended as a snap-shot of sculptural practices amongst young women in Melbourne in 2013. The purpose is not to presuppose the themes and subjects in common amongst contemporary female sculptors; rather it is to create the conditions in which possible thematic and aesthetic connections can be considered.