Pillar to Post brings together a group of diverse contemporary artists, many of whom are Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) alumni. The works explore the myriad possibilities of exhibition spaces unique within Sydney’s contemporary cultural terrain.
The artworks consider the spaces of the SCA galleries in Rozelle from a variety of perspectives. They respond to the unique physical and material peculiarities of SCA’s ageing colonial-era architecture while alluding to those architectural elements that support the exhibition spaces themselves.
I have had a close working relationship with numerous artists in this exhibition while other's work I have admired from afar. Showcasing the practices of important contemporary Australian artists within the SCA context and in an environment as unique as the SCA galleries, was an exciting opportunity.
Titled, Pillar to Post, the theme of the exhibition focuses on the similarities and differences of artistic approaches via each artist’s particular responses to the external surrounds in which they are displayed. The works represent varying expressive art forms including digital video, computer and photo media, painting, sculpture, printmaking and installation.
Themes of modernism, recognition, social media, isolation, gaming and feminism are explored through the personal views of the artists. Many works deploy humour, humour that may be critical, satirical, absurd, awry, self-referential, abstract or figurative, or unerringly subtle to the point of invisibility.
Artists: Hany Armanious, Rose Nolan, Ronnie Van Hout, Sean Kerr, Jelena Telecki, Justene Williams, Biljana Jancic, Elise Harmsen, Mitchel Cumming, Scott Donovan, Shane Haseman, Margaret Brink, Alex Gawronski
On show until 13 April
About Sydney College of the Arts
Over more than forty years, including its twenty-five-year history at The University of Sydney, SCA has become a leading centre for education and research in the visual arts in the Asia Pacific region. It has a sustained track record of producing Australia’s most influential contemporary artists, filmmakers and designers. Alumni include: Jane Campion, Ben Quilty, Rosemary Liang, Shaun Gladwell, Mikala Dwyer and Marc Newson.
In 2020, SCA will relocate all of its disciplines and its gallery to a state-of-the-art facility at Old Teachers College at The University of Sydney’s main campus, which has been designed by renowned architects ARM. This will make Sydney the only G08 university in New South Wales with an art school located within its main campus. The relocation will boost the quality and student experience of its existing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and the new and highly successful combined degree of Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Advanced Studies. Not only will students benefit from 24-hour access to this extraordinary new facility, they will gain immediate access to the disciplinary breadth and research centres of main campus, the inner west creative community and the city.