2013 Exhibition Program

May

The Sydney College of the Arts May exhibitions and events program will be launched on Wednesday 22 May, from 6 to 8pm.

6 to 24 May

Throughout May, the SCA Graduate School Gallery will present DISSONANCE, a program curated by Nicholas Tsoutas, focused on the form and concept of durational performance. DISSONANCE will be open from Monday 6 to Friday 24 May. Three artists – Markela Panegyres (PhD), Julian Day (MFA) and Paul Mumme (PhD) will engage with the psychological and emotional complexities of performance through a range of installations, performative actions, accumulations and interactivity.

22 May to 14 June

Facing Futures Free From Fear, a portrait series by 2012 SCA visiting research resident, Josh Wodak, will be on display in the Auditorium Foyer from Wednesday 22 May to Friday 14 June. The portrait series about facing future climate change and sea level rise is part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival. Wodak's diptych portraits contrast future sea level scenarios rise should global temperatures increase more or less than two degrees by 2028.

Facing Futures Free From Fear will be formally opened by Ross Gibson, Associate Dean (Research) and Professor of Contemporary Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney, at 6pm on Wednesday 22 May.

April

11 to 26 April

GLOW
Jonny Niesche
Hayley Megan French
Carla Liesch
Curated by Nicholas Tsoutas

GLOW, curated by Nicholas Tsoutas, will open in the SCA Graduate School Gallery on Wednesday 10 April, 6 to 8pm.

GLOW explores the space of painting and how painting functions in space. An exhibition that works with the expanded field of painting, GLOW experiments with the conceptual ideas and frameworks of painting, refusing its definitions, restrictions or limits, and extending what Rosalind E Krauss refers to as the “post-medium condition” by undermining its material basis.

GLOW brings together the work of three research candidates in the SCA Graduate School - Jonny Niesche (MFA), Hayley Megan French (PhD) and Carla Liesch (MFA) - who, through collaboration, activate the space surrounding their work as if the work acts as a portal to other universes. Their ‘painting’ explores the conceptual and cosmological possibilities of space implied by the very glow or aura outside the work itself, limited only by the actual architectural space of the gallery, but reaching out to the glittering night sky.

In space, no one can hear you paint.

GLOW will be on display in the SCA Graduate School Gallery from Thursday 11 to Friday 26 April.

New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation, curated by Volker Albus, will be on display in the SCA Galleries until Friday 26 April. The exhibition is presented by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations and the Goethe-Institut Australien, and features sixty objects made by forty-five designers whose main focus of work is in Germany, Europe and the United States. The designers have reinterpreted pieces of furniture by reflecting on their own culture and questioning the traditions of design, transforming or recombining established classics.

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March

During March 2013, Sydney College of the Arts will participate in Art Month Sydney and the launch of the 2013 Rozelle Contemporary Art Precinct program.

The Rozelle Contemporary Art Precinct will present a series of innovative and engaging contemporary art experiences, including exhibitions, performances, site specific public artworks and outdoor screenings across participating venues along Darling Street, Rozelle, on Thursday 21 March, from 5 to 8pm, followed by the Art Month Sydney Precinct 5 Launch Party at SCA, from 8 to 10pm.

Highlights of the program on Thursday 21 March include the opening of New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation in the SCA Galleries, Shadows of Strange Things in the SCA Graduate School Gallery, Out-and-Out in the DedSpace Gallery, as well as performances by Filthy Children and Pia van Gelder.

21 March to 26 April

New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation
Curated by Volker Albus

The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations in cooperation with the curator, Volker Albus, and the Goethe-Institut Australien will present the exhibition New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation during March and April 2013. The exhibition will be officially launched on Thursday 21 March at 6pm. The IFA curator, Volker Albus, will be present, as well as representatives from the German Consulate and the Goethe-Institut Australien.

The exhibition will feature sixty objects, made by forty-five designers and groups of designers whose main focus of work is in Germany, Europe and the United States. The designers have reinterpreted pieces of furniture by reflecting on their own culture and by questioning the traditions of design, transforming established classics or recombining them.

The internationality and complexity of the current discussion about design is communicated through the works exhibited in New Olds: Design between Tradition and Innovation. This dialogue will continue through workshops and a blog, which documents the exhibition and the works of of New Olds.

6 to 29 March

Shadows of Strange Things
Tianli Zu
Curated by Nicholas Tsoutas

Strange things burst into creation – seemingly beautiful, yet rebellious and grotesque- unmasking a sense of restlessness, anxiety, doubt, rage, contradiction and refusal.

Tianli Zu's work both conceals and reveals the spontaneous movement of the shadow: a metaphorical and illusive form that whilst ungraspable and obscure, can stimulate questioning, emotions and a wide range of interpretations.

The way the artist works is both sensual and conscious of control. Intuitively cutting paper on a large scale has Zu reconstruct her world-view of life and art. When she cuts through paper, she experiences a sense of 'killing'; simultaneously, she gives 'birth'. Each cut sheds some light, exposing what she confronts each day. Engaging with fragments of childhood memories and symbols of emotions that are embedded with hidden meanings, Shadows of Strange Things exhibits a simultaneous process of looking inward and outward. The multiple focus and out-of-focus points in the work unify the intuitively hand-cut objects, the multi-channel animations narrate memory flashbacks interwoven amongst mythical tales, and finally, the projection of light casts shadows by pure chance. This art-making process – from a creatorʼs initiation to its release – echoes the phenomenon of a complex contemporary society: humans are partly in control and partly out of control, and the conflict between nature and technology is in constant change and negotiation.

Shadows – a relative truth of disharmony – begin to wander and move towards freedom.

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