Out of Place
Dates & times
Sat 17 April — Sun 13 June 2021
ANU Drill Hall Gallery
Image: Fiona Connor, Closed Down Clubs, Full O’ Life, 2020, commercial aluminum-frame door, polycarbonate, silk screen on coated aluminum foil, vinyl, surface coatings, 213.4 x 137.2 x 5.1cm
Exhibition opening is on Friday 16 April 6-7.30pm. Tickets are essential. Book here
Reflecting on our increasingly precarious notions of place and belonging, this exhibition examines ways in which contemporary artworks embody, transpose and reconfigure a sense of locality in a globalised world.
Through dislocated fragments and figures, re-materialised objects and textures, stains and other obscure impressions, artists in this exhibition –
Hany Armanious, Boyle Family, Bonita Bub, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Fiona Connor, Thomas Demand, Dale Harding, Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky, Anna Kristensen and Jasper Jordan-Lang –
map specific relationships of adjacency and imbalance, tracking the uneven conditions that assemble and define distances, to highlight the powerful dissonance between site and identity, place and authority.
Out of Place is curated by Oscar Capezio.
This exhibition is generously supported by the ANU Visual Arts Endowment.
Image: Hany Armanious, Stereotypes, 2018. eco-solvent vertical surface print on wall. 180 × 500cm. Courtesy the artist and Fine Arts, Sydney
b. 1962, Ismailia, Egypt. Lives and works Sydney
Well known for his installations and distinctive sculptural forms, Hany Armanious describes his work as ‘duplicates of eclectic, everyday objects presented in a gallery, thereby turning them into fine art.’
Much of his recent practice can be traced to his fascination with the processes and problems of making sculpture – casting in particular. His latest bodies of work play out these processes in a fantastical cycle of self-referentiality forged from an acute awareness of the analogous morphologies of form, material, and cultural resource.
Hany Armanious appears courtesy Fine Arts, Sydney
Image: Bonita Bub, Hello Heimo (Combination Screen), 2017. tricolour PVC welding screen (customised to site). 313 x 100cm. Installation image: Bonita Bub, 2017, Minerva, Sydney. Photo by Jessica Maurer/Minerva. Courtesy the artist and The Commercial, Sydney
Mark Boyle b.1934 Glasgow, d.2005 London. Joan Hills b.1931 Edinburgh. Sebastian Boyle b.1962 London. Georgia Boyle b.1963 London. Boyle Family live and work in London, UK.
Mark Boyle was a performative artist well known for his work in the cultural UK Underground of the 1960s around the Traverse Theatre, and was exhibiting since c.1972 with Joan Hills and their children Sebastian and Georgia as Boyle Family.
Boyle Family have worked across a wide range of different media (including painting, photography, sculpture, film, projection, sound recordings and drawing), while they are most well known for their Earth studies. These sculptures – highly accurate painted resin casts that operate somewhere between painting and sculpture – involve the meticulous re-creation of randomly chosen areas of the Earth’s surface using resin and fibreglass (as well as real materials from the site).
b. 1982, Sydney, Australia. Lives and works Sydney
Bonita Bub is a sculptor who produces elevated replicas of industrial equipment and furniture in materials and with processes that are upgraded and more highly-refined than their expressly functional, mass-produced prototypes. Her selection of and improvements to found design are part of a subtle conversation between form, function and aesthetics in which she draws extensively on her own technical skill and labour. Her close attention to formalist concerns of verticality, colour, and virtual space, invests her practice in the field of painting.
Bonita Bub appears courtesy The Commercial, Sydney
Image: Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, No title (#3: rectangular table, white chair on left) from Freiland, 1992. framed direct positive print, 50.6 x 75.2 x 2cm (print). Private Collection, Canberra. Courtesy the artists and Neon Parc, Melbourne
Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley
b. 1955, Melbourne/ b. 1957, Brisbane, Australia. Live and work in Melbourne
Working together since the early 1980s, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley have developed an expansive framework of formal and thematic concerns drawing broadly on the histories of art and design, film, literature and cultural theory. Influenced by feminism, and applying an appreciation and critique of modernism, they make artworks across an ever-expanding repertoire of mediums – from painting and sculpture, photography and printmaking, to neon light and textile works.
Burchill/McCamley appears courtesy Neon Parc, Melbourne
Image: Fiona Connor, Closed Down Clubs, Kings Arms, 2020. wooden doors, hardware, tape, surface coatings, 182 x 203 x 10cm. Courtesy the artist and Fine Arts, Sydney
b. 1981, Auckland, New Zealand. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA
Fiona Connor makes sculptural installations in which she carefully recreates commonplace objects and structures of everyday life. Her recreations not only draw attention to these widely overlooked items and their forms, in abstracting objects from places that belong to specific groups of people linked by interest or necessity, they also reconstruct the histories and micro-economies of these communities. Many of her works respond to the infrastructure of the places and environments where she exhibits them, uncovering the underlying mechanisms that may inform our interactions with art and art institutions. The sculptures reveal the artist’s deep curisoity for how things are made, where they come from, who makes them and for whom. They memorialise the relationships that the artist initiates and maintains in order to reproduce and re-present the objects as works of art.
Fiona Connor appears courtesy Fine Arts, Sydney
b. 1964, Munich, W.Germany. Lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles, and teaches at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany
Thomas Demand is one of the foremost contemporary German artists. He sees himself first and foremost as a sculptor. His process involves painstakingly reconstructing found images as three-dimensional, usually life-sized models made of paper and cardboard before expertly lighting and photographing them with a large-format camera. The models are detroyed once the work process is complete. The result is an uncanny, hybird image, both a document of the process and a reconstruction of a pre-existing reality.
Thomas Demand appears courtesy Sprüth Magers, London and Los Angeles
Image: Dale Harding, The boys (2020), 2020-21. Xanthorrhoea resin on glass, and Corymbia maculata gum on glass, 2 parts: 172 × 12 x 2cm; 180 x 12 × 2cm. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Bidjara, Ghungalu, and Garingbal peoples | b. 1982, Moranbah, Queensland, Australia. Lives and works in Brisbane
Dale Harding’s practice is grounded in stories that continue the cultural lineages of his Bidjara, Ghungalu, and Garingbal ancestry. Harding works in a wide range of natural and traditional materials, often appropriating and destabilising European and American art historical traditions, including Colour Field painting, Minimalism, and Conceptualism. Some works involve stories from the artist’s maternal family line, and others draw on the techniques, tools, and iconography that are present in Carnarvon Gorge – a significant cultural site for the Indigenous peoples of Central Queensland.
Dale Harding appears courtesy Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky
b.1954, Ukraine/ b. 1950, Russia. Live and work in New York City, USA
From 1988 Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky are New York based artists, they work collaboratively in media of film and video and maintain their own practices in media of painting, sculpture and installation. Works by Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky are represented in permanent collections of museums: Australia’s Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, MoMA, Metropolitan, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, MFAH Texas, Centre Pompidou Paris, Museum of Modern Art St. Etienne, France, Tate Modern London, Reina Sofia Madrid, Smithsonian American Art Museum Washington D.C., Art Institute of Chicago, MUMOK Vienna, Henry Art Gallery Seattle, MMK Frankfurt, Folkwang Museum Essen, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Berlinische Galerie, Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato, Frac Corsica, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, MoCAK Krakow, Poland.
Courtesy the artists Igor Kopystiansky and Svetlana Kopystiansky
Image: Anna Kristensen, Gate, 2016. oil and acrylic on linen, two rhombus parts: 102 x 120 x 2.5cm each; 102 x 255 x 2.5cm overall. Private Collection Sydney. Phot by Yanni Kronenberg. Courtesy the artist and The Commercial, Sydney
b. 1983, Sydney, Australia. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC
Anna Kristensen explores the disorientation and implications of mistaken identities between painting, photography and physical space. Her exhibitions form constellations of exacting photorealist paintings, extending their formal poetics outwards into the viewer’s own physical space through a dialogue with sculpture – most recently sculptures made in glass. Each show is an open, ambulatory network for reflection upon the conditions of painting (texture, light, perspective) and a heightened awareness of the physical, emotional and psychological act of looking.
Anna Kristensen appears courtesy the The Commercial, Sydney
Image: Jasper Jordan-Lang, Y2k12, 2018. concrete, steel, plywood, soil, acrylic. 54 x 38 x 4cm. Courtesy the artist
b.1996, Melbourne, Australia. Lives and works in Melbourne
Jasper is an emerging artist working mostly in casting, sculpture and bas-reliefs. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University in 2018, where he is currently completed Honours in Fine Art. Jordan-Lang was the recipient of the BSG Click Prize in 2015, and the Chapman and Bailey Prize for best work in 2017.
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