Jun
15
to Jul 22

WHAT PRIVILEGE - THE UNITY OF OPPRESSION

 Damien Shen,  Message from God to the Blackfellow 19, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 160x100cm. Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Damien Shen, Message from God to the Blackfellow 19, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 160x100cm.
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Change Media presents two experimental art exhibitions, ‘The Colony’ and ‘The Unity of Oppression’ as part of its national What Privilege? Initiative.

Curated by Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, What Privilege? is a national Change Media initiative with a range of diverse partners, to investigate how we can creatively notice, disrupt and reframe colonizing mindsets and behaviors that maintain privilege and reinforce oppression. It explores the reciprocity of our shared humanity: How is your liberation bound up with mine - and mine with yours?

 Jelena Vujnovic,  Lived Body , 2015, mixed media on canvas.   Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Jelena Vujnovic, Lived Body, 2015, mixed media on canvas. 
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

What Privilege? - The Unity of Oppression’ explores what unites and divides us: We share a finite planet, what futures will we forge from the infinity of darkness?

Playing with the duality of light and dark, using acrylics, sculpture and mixed-media, five artists from culturally diverse backgrounds create a journey into the complexities of power, privilege and oppression - inviting you to peel away hidden layers and join them on a creative crime scene investigation of our shared humanity.

 Emilijia Kasumovic,  Interbeing (detail),  2017, acrylic on tulle fabric, 100x70cm.   Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Emilijia Kasumovic, Interbeing (detail), 2017, acrylic on tulle fabric, 100x70cm. 
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

The Unity of Oppression works are co-curated with interdisciplinary Ngarrindjeri-Chinese artist Damien Shen [painting, mixed media] and feature emerging artists Emilijia Kasumovic [drawing, mixed media] and Jelena Vujnovic [drawing], alongside work from Jen Lyons-Reid [line art, poetry, mixed media, sculpture] and Carl Kuddell [poetry, mixed media, sculpture]. 

 Jen Lyons-Reid,  The Handshake, 2018, mixed media on canvas. Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

Jen Lyons-Reid, The Handshake, 2018, mixed media on canvas.
Image: Wild Light Projects copyright 2018 Change Media

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.

The project has been supported by Nexus Arts and the Regional Gallery Murray Bridge.

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ARTIST INFORMATION

Damien Shen:
Damien Shen is a South Australian man of Ngarrindjeri (Aboriginal) and Chinese descent. As an artist he draws on both of these powerful cultural influences to create works of intense personal meaning. In using his artistic talent to share his story he aims to open the eyes of viewers to new ways of seeing Australian identity and Aboriginal art.

Emilijia Kasumovic:
Emilija Kasumovic is Serbian born, living in Adelaide. Her work is concerned with human condition and what defines us as human beings beyond our biological bodies.

Jelena Vujnovic:
Fascinated by natural and artificial structures, Jelena Vujnovic sees the building blocks of our bodies and our urban environment as the scaffolding on which we construct our lives. Focused on an uninterrupted and organic development of her work, she is constantly playing and experimenting with new materials and forms.

Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell:
Artistic director and graphic artist, Jen Lyons-Reid, and creative producer and writer, Carl Kuddell, are Tallstoreez Productionz co-founders and award-winning multidisciplinary artists and filmmakers. Since 2002 they have explored satire across art forms, from poetry, cartoons, sculptures, live art, to documentaries and several TV series. They run Change Media as a national arts initiative, focusing on critical literacy through arts and media. They have delivered hundreds of workshops and performances with thousands of participants across Australia. Their strategic advisory work includes investigations into value, equity and harm in socially engaged arts, as part of an ARC Linkage partnership with VCA in 2013-14 and Jen’s 2-year Australia Council Fellowship 2015-16.

For more information go to
https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-unity-of-oppression

 

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Jun
15
to Jul 22

WHAT PRIVILEGE - THE COLONY

 Jen Lyons-Reid,  Gift Horse,  2018, mixed media

Jen Lyons-Reid, Gift Horse, 2018, mixed media

Change Media presents two experimental art exhibitions, ‘The Colony’ and ‘The Unity of Oppression’ as part of its national What Privilege? Initiative.

Curated by Jen Lyons-Reid and Carl Kuddell, What Privilege? is a national Change Media initiative with a range of diverse partners, to investigate how we can creatively notice, disrupt and reframe colonizing mindsets and behaviors that maintain privilege and reinforce oppression. It explores the reciprocity of our shared humanity: How is your liberation bound up with mine - and mine with yours?

 Jen Lyons-Reid,  At Your Service, 2018, mixed media

Jen Lyons-Reid, At Your Service, 2018, mixed media

When you enter the Colony, who comes to visit? Navigate a bivouac of menacing, invasive colonies and framed colonial beliefs, to experience how Ngarrindjeri continue to maintain and share their cultural values.

The Colony is an immersive installation, combining projection work, line art, poetry and audio-visual provocations. This cross-cultural experiment was created by Jen Lyons-Reid [concept, line art, text], Carl Kuddell [concept, sculpture, text] and Ngarrindjeri man Clyde Rigney Jnr [concept, text].

What is your experience of whiteness and identity in the context of Treaty and colonization? How do we want to share our limited time on this planet? How do we come to terms?

For further information contact carl@tallstoreez.com or 0407811733. https://whatprivilege.net

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and by the South Australian Government through Arts SA.

The project has been supported by Nexus Arts and the Regional Gallery Murray Bridge.

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Artist information:

Jen Lyons-Reid, artistic director and Carl Kuddell, creative producer. Jen and Carl are Change Media's award winning lead artists and high impact troublemakers.

Clyde Rigney Jnr, Ngarrindjeri man and ex-CEO, Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority. Clyde led the Treaty negotiations with SA Government and is a long-term Change Media collaborator.

For more information go to:

https://whatprivilege.net/create-blog/the-colony

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Jul
27
to Sep 9

CATHERINE TRUMAN: NO SURFACE HOLDS. JAMFACTORY ICON 2017

They say beauty is in the of the beholder. Perhaps it is in a vast landscape, or a personal experience. In Catherine Truman’s case, it’s often what she sees through the microscope.

Proving herself to be one of South Australia’s leading contemporary Artists and Jewellers, Catherine Truman is the 2017 JamFactory Icon. This exhibition is the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists has been presented as a whole.

Truman presents an intriguing and diverse solo show of objects, installation, images and film including several brand new works spanning the 20 years of her research at the nexus of art and science. 

With a 35-year practice that covers film to public artworks to intricate carvings, ‘Jeweller’ as Truman is sometimes referred to, hardly embraces the true expanse of her practice. Rather, she is an accomplished artist, with a love of research flowing in the undercurrent to all of her practice, a practice that is of and about the body as much as it is intended for it.

Truman is co-founder and current partner of Gray Street Workshop - an internationally renowned artist run workshop established in 1985 in Adelaide, South Australia. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of major national and international collections including Coda-museum, Netherlands, Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China, and the National Gallery of Australia, to name a few.

In South Australia, we are lucky enough have her work on permanent display. You might have seen it in those cascading bronze leaves on the facade of the David Jones
building, the playful cast fish jumping into the ground and adorning the gates of the Art Gallery of South Australia, or perhaps walking straight by you – in a textural and abstractly formed brooch adorning the clothing of a friend or passer-by.

Last year her carvings and jewellery were the subject of a major survey exhibition shown at Art Gallery of South Australia. Truman’s sculptural objects and jewellery, made primarily from carved English lime wood, are a reflection of her ongoing interest in the ways which knowledge of human anatomy has been acquired and translated through artistic process and scientific method.

Immersing herself and her artwork increasingly in scientific fields, Truman describes her studio morphing into a laboratory of sorts. Working amongst scientists and researchers, and as an avid researcher herself, she says that she has come to realise the processes of science and art are not so dissimilar.

“As an artist I have learnt that making things with my hands leaves me with much less of a sense of dislocation from the world I live in - and this I feel, is an interesting premise from which to examine the world of science.”

Currently a visiting scholar at the Flinders Centre for Ophthalmology, Eye and Vision Research, School of Medicine, Flinders University, she is undertaking a project titled “The nexus between vision, the eye and perception”. Having researched historical and contemporary anatomical collections world-wide and participated in a number of art/science- based projects, Truman explains that “We [artists and scientists] both create images of the things we see and the more we see, the more we understand we don’t know.”

“…a holistic maker - acutely aware of her process, while continually evolving her inquiry. Truman’s curiosity takes her and her makings into the sensate and anatomically unfamiliar – probing thresholds of human being” writes Melinda Rackham, author of the 2016 SALA monograph Catherine Truman: Touching Distance.

Catherine Truman No surface holds - JamFactory Icon 2017 is a JamFactory touring exhibition. 
 

Catherine Truman No surface holds - JamFactory Icon 2017 has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Contemporary Touring Initiative.

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Jul
27
to Sep 9

ISLAND TO INLAND: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM KANGAROO ISLAND

 Deborah Sleeman,  Flotilla,  mixed media, dimensions variable

Deborah Sleeman, Flotilla, mixed media, dimensions variable

Islands are by nature isolating, and that isolation coupled with majestic natural surroundings can be inspiration galore to the creative soul.

Thus the symmetry of Kangaroo Island: 4500 square kilometres, half of it natural ecosystems and, 4500 residents, half seemingly artists in some form.

Ten of the island’s visual artists are bringing ‘mainlanders’ a glimpse of the isolation and inspiration of island life in Island to Inland: contemporary art from Kangaroo Island, which will open at Flinders University City Gallery during SALA Festival 2017 and then be toured by Country Arts SA.

The artists are creating new works on the theme of ‘isolation and inspiration’ for the exhibition.

Artists: Ria Byass, Quentin Chester, Audrey Harnett, Scott Hartshorne, Indiana James, Janine Mackintosh, Deborah Sleeman, Caroline Taylor, Maggie Welz, Kenita Williamson

Curated by Eleanor Scicchitano, Visual Arts Coordinator, Country Arts South Australia and Celia Dottore, Exhibitions Manager, Flinders University Art Museum and City Gallery University.

A Country Arts SA Visual Arts Touring exhibition.

 

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Sep
14
to Oct 21

SELF-MADE: ZINES AND ARTIST BOOKS

  Dominic Forde,  Ramps, pools, ponds and pipes,  Melbourne, Dominic Forde, (original photograph courtesy of the  Peninsula Surf Shop), 2015, RARELT 702.81 P56RF

 Dominic Forde, Ramps, pools, ponds and pipes, Melbourne, Dominic Forde, (original photograph courtesy of the  Peninsula Surf Shop), 2015, RARELT 702.81 P56RF

This bold exhibition delves into the evolution of do-it-yourself culture, from limited-run artist books to cut-and-paste photocopy fanzines.

Discover science fiction fanzines from the 1940s, ground-breaking 1970s punk zines, Australian underground press publications, and artist books designed to defy tradition and buck the commercial gallery system.

Supported by Visions of Australia and Creative Victoria.

About the curator

Monica Syrette attended the Canberra Institute of the Arts in the late 1980s, when the city was a major centre for artists books in Australia. In the 1990s she worked at Sydney independent music retailer Waterfront Records, ordering zines from local and international makers and distributors. Monica was archivist at Arts Project Australia and assistant curator at the Grainger Museum, founded by composer and pianist Percy Grainger. Most recently she curated the exhibition Wharfies support! Social justice activism from the Melbourne Docksat Library at the Dock.

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Sep
14
to Oct 21

Magic Zine: YOU ARE ART

Lucy Thomas, You are Art (detail), 2018, 28 page zine, digital print on paper, 210 x 148mm.jpg

Lucy Thomas, You are Art, (detail) 2018, 28 page zine, digital print on paper, 210 x 148mm

Magic Zine: YOU ARE ART is an exhibition exploring zines, DIY culture and self expression by artist Lucy Thomas, curated by Adele Sliuzas.

Featuring a ‘Zine swap’ space and a series of community workshops, this exhibition will showcase the Magic Zine catalogue and launch a new issue exploring the Victorian tradition of floriography.

This exhibition is part of a residency supported by Country Arts SA

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