BRISBANE EMERGING ART FESTIVAL 2011

  • Metro Arts, ' Check In exhibition ' 2011
    Metro Arts, ' Check In exhibition ' 2011

    Main Gallery, Level 2
    Metro Arts, 103 Edward St, Brisbane.

  • Jason Fitzgerald,
    Jason Fitzgerald,

    Moth Light, 2011 & Nemesis,
    Kinetic sculpture, 2011

  • Jason Fitzgerald,
    Jason Fitzgerald,

    Moth Light, 2011 & Nemesis
    Kinetic sculpture, 2011

  • Jason Fitzgerald,
    Jason Fitzgerald,

    Self Portrait
    Kinetic sculpture, 2011

  • Richard Stride
    Richard Stride

    Untitled
    Installation, 2011

  • Richard Stride
    Richard Stride

    Untitled
    Installation, 2011

  • Richard Stride
    Richard Stride

    Untitled
    Installation, 2011

  • Richard Stride
    Richard Stride

    Untitled
    Installation, 2011

  • Rebecca Smith
    Rebecca Smith

    Untitled (from the series Great Work)
    Photograph, 2011

  • Anastasia Booth
    Anastasia Booth

    Oh Yes!
    Sculpture, 2011

  • Anastasia Booth
    Anastasia Booth

    Oh Yes!
    Sculpture, 2011

  • Anastasia Booth
    Anastasia Booth

    Oh Yes!
    Sculpture, 2011

  • Sue Beyer
    Sue Beyer

    Painting Installtion, 2011

  • Sue Beyer
    Sue Beyer

    Painting Installtion, 2011

  • Sue Beyer
    Sue Beyer

    Painting Installtion, 2011

  • Sue Beyer
    Sue Beyer

    Painting Installtion, 2011

  • Michelle Knowles
    Michelle Knowles

    My skull my pulpit (for those who swallow their deity)
    Installation, 2011

  • Michelle Knowles
    Michelle Knowles

    My skull my pulpit (for those who swallow their deity)
    Installation, 2011

  • Michelle Knowles
    Michelle Knowles

    My skull my pulpit (for those who swallow their deity)
    Installation, 2011

  • Nat Koyama
    Nat Koyama

    Endless Summer
    Drawing Installation, Ink, 2011

  • Nat Koyama
    Nat Koyama

    Endless Summer
    Drawing Installation, Ink, 2011

  • Nat Koyama
    Nat Koyama

    Endless Summer
    Drawing Installation, Ink, 2011

  • Nat Koyama
    Nat Koyama

    Endless Summer
    Drawing Installation, Ink, 2011

  • Timothy P. Kerr
    Timothy P. Kerr

    Performance with Travis Dewan, 2011

  • Timothy P. Kerr
    Timothy P. Kerr

    Performance with Travis Dewan, 2011

  • Alex Cuffe
    Alex Cuffe

    Beer, Moon Rock, Meteor, Castle
    Sound and sculpture Installation, 2011

  • Alex Cuffe
    Alex Cuffe

    Beer, Moon Rock, Meteor, Castle
    Sound and sculpture installation, 2011

  • Alex Cuffe
    Alex Cuffe

    Beer, Moon Rock, Meteor, Castle
    Sound and sculpture installation, 2011

  • Erika Scott
    Erika Scott

    Late Bloomer, (that tinsel in her hair seemed to say that even angels have sex
    Installation, 2011

  • Erika Scott
    Erika Scott

    Late Bloomer, (that tinsel in her hair seemed to say that even angels have sex
    Installation, 2011

  • Erika Scott
    Erika Scott

    Late Bloomer, (that tinsel in her hair seemed to say that even angels have sex
    Installation, 2011



DATE : Saturday 19th February, 6:00pm - 11:00pm

VENUE : Metro Arts Gallery


Brisbane Emerging Art Festival - ‘CHECK IN’ focused exclusively on new work from Brisbane-based visual artists. The festival event seeked to create a platform to promote the most exciting visual art being made in Brisbane in an arena outside of a commercial or organisational space. The exhibition presented artists within a dynamic and critical discourse, with a purpose of creating an arena for the public to view, study and critique new modes of art practice being developed locally.

The opening of the 2011 festival took place at Metro Arts Galleries with the inaugural emerging art exhibition ‘CHECK IN’. This is the signature showcase for the festivals program and was be curated by Courtney Coombs.

Artists :

Nat Koyama
Michelle Knowles
Alex Cuffe
Rebecca Smith
Timothy P. Kerr
Erika Scott
Jason Fitzgerald
Anastasia Booth
Richard Stride
Sue Beyer

COURTNEY COOMBS - Curator 2011


Courtney Coombs loves art.

CV

Website - www.courtneycoombs.com

ANASTASIA BOOTH

Anastasia Booth’s practice has a strong emphasis on the fetishistic worship of the inanimate. Her works deal with an overt quotation of the sensual and anatomical sites of the body, not only through semiotics but also the documentation of an intense bodily engagement with materials. In these explorations an erotic relationship with materials is seen as a process in which to engage with formal and conceptual modes of art practice. Informed by Elizabeth Grosz writings about the body as site, her practice considers how the architecture of the body can become an archive for fetish interaction. Included in this investigate is the geography of the female artist’s body; as a material that deliberately blurs the boundaries between creator and construction, and as a vessel for the semiotics around sexual translation. One encoded with the significance of the performed female gender, making the artist body object, a site of material exploration. The practice explores how the duality of this position creates a site to develop fictitious characters and the ambiguous objects that pertain to their existence. Materials like leather, faux fur and felt are all considered for their relation to the body and become iconographic for an internal discourse about the artist’s body as archive, where tactile interactions are recorded through objects and performed gestures. This exploration is based in an autobiographical aspect and catalogues these materials relation to and process of the artists sublimated desire. Dialogues develop around the perceived desirability of these textiles and a bodily response based on their sensory properties.

Website - anastasiabooth.wordpress.com

ALEX CUFFE


I explore the physicality of objects in relation to concepts from science, astrology, physics, kinetics and aesthetics. New media technologies are placed in relation to natural phenomena including psychotomimetic ‘vibrations’ of form and sound. I treat these forms as different transferences of energy. I am increasingly engaged and informed by the traditions of sound art and electronic music. I enjoy contrasting these techniques with strange uneasiness, with ‘fake reality’, with moon rocks and helpless plants, lighting bolts and candy floss.

”The need for humans to exert power over the profoundness of life is an obsessive yet futile compulsion. Cuffe accepts this futility through the apparent absurdness of the subject matter he links together, however he adamantly continues to explore the dynamics of such possibilities.”. Carmen Ansaldo

Website - www.alexcuffe.tumblr.com

SUE BEYER

Sue Beyer’s work considers the façade of the ordered suburban environment and the assumption of the permanence of our way of life and our cities. Her work is concerned with the effect that spaces and suburban settings have on an individual’s emotions and behaviour and how people use space in a modern urban context. Sue’s paintings are watchful, voyeuristic, and hint at the uneasy ‘realities’ that can be found in these urban landscapes. In 2010 Sue completed her bachelor of fine art with first class honours at QCA, Griffith University, Brisbane. In 2007, as part of her studies, Sue took part in a 5 month study exchange at California State University and participated in two group shows while in San Francisco. Sue has been a finalist in the Churchie Emerging art exhibition, the Clayton Utz Traveling Scholarship and won first prize in the RBWH Art Award in 2008. In 2009 Sue was commissioned by the Qld State Government for a public art project and was one of two emerging visual artists in Queensland to receive an Australia Council ArtStart grant in 2011.

Website - www.suebeyer.com.au

RICHARD STRIDE

My art practice is driven by a curiosity into the oppositions and tensions I observe in the built environment. It seeks to question the role structures play in the human pursuit of order, and the manner in which they may succeed or fail in achieving this ambition. My work investigates structures and objects from the contemporary environment that are indicative of this role, such as those typical of standardisation or systematisation. Of particular concern are the persistent tendencies, often associated with modernism, for seriality and reductive or elementary geometry in these structures. Through my practice I aim to re-examine the nature of such structures, and explore complex alternatives.

My work involves the construction of scenarios or assemblages from a range of appropriated objects in order to investigate the relationships between their form, function and the processes that impact on them. Through playful experimentation with both generative and degenerative processes in particular, my work highlights the propensity for complexity and disorder to emerge from reductive structures. This approach similarly enables an exploration of the potential for metaphysical significance to emerge from the everyday objects I utilise. The tensions and interactions between the simple and complex, and the ordered and disordered evident in my work ultimately provide an opportunity for considering the pursuit of order in the built environment via visual simplicity, and role of structure in this pursuit.

CV

Email - richardstride77@gmail.com

JASON FITZGERALD

Controlled chaos … In life, I am fascinated by how on one level chaos reigns, but when you look closely enough at something, each element is completely controlled, planned and perfectly imperfect. You can visually skim over the surface of an object and just see it as raw, broken and distorted, or you can engage and look deeper to experience the simpleness and naturalness of it. The creation of my work is an exploration of my perfectionism and its results … how each individual cell and component of my sculptures are painstakingly self-made, yet the only evidence of my intense touch and focussed creation is the end piece that organically breaks down over time.

In life, we see outcomes – we don’t see journeys or the slow hand of decay. We see the product and not the sweat. Originally, I had two artistic passions, aged timber wall sculptures and hand-cut, inkjet printed film images and projections. In this piece, I have come down off the wall and merged my two loves into one kinetic freestanding aesthetic experience. I have blended new media with old technology, reconstructing what was once old and useless into something beautiful in its brokenness.

CV

TIMOTHY P. KERR

Q. When and where were you born?
A. Shire Hill In Townsend

Q. What artists inspire you?
A. Shirley Hoops, Ingred Tomple

Q. What inspires you?
A. Shaking Hands, and Industrial Temples

Q. What motivates you?
A. Silly Hap-hazard Internet and Time.

Q. What advise can you give to beginning artists?
A. Start Having Immediate Troubles.

Q. Did your upbringing influence your work?
A. Sure it still Has Influence Today.

Q. What are you working on now?
A. Shit Hot Intellectual Things.

Q. What are your goals for the future?
A. Sanity Has Its Temptations.

Q. What do you like doing when you are not making sculptures?
A. Sitting, Hoping, Indifferent Thinking.

Q. What is your average day like?
A. Shopping, Hitting Idiots and tea Time

Q. What are your favorite sculptures you have made?
A. Sugar Hate, Insatiable # Ten.

Q. Can I visit your studio?
A. Sure Hailey, I’m in Tomorrow.

CV

Website - timothykerr.blogspot.com

MICHELLE KNOWLES

I am interested in exploring the condition of spirituality in contemporary art. By integrating spiritual ideas into performances, videos, objects and photographs, and by adopting the role of artist as shaman, my practice concerns itself with reinstating a sense of reenchantment in art. I do this by exploring notions such as the uncanny, the fetishisation of objects, performance and ritual, the otherworldly and imaginary spaces. Such concepts are often associated with the visual and symbolic language of spirituality. Humour in the form of parody is sometimes utilised as a tactic to penetrate the profound. My work also attempts to elaborate on the role of the artist as shaman, or as an intermediary between quotidian, material existence and the spiritual. By activating handmade artefacts through ritual-like performance I reveal the latent performative potential inherent in such objects. Performances documented through photography and video are juxtaposed alongside the original activated artefacts in order to expose the process of transformation that occurs through the engagement between body, object and space.

CV

Website - www.michelleknowles.com

NAT KOYAMA

What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats…
TS Eliot, The Wasteland’

All images are broken, because the world itself is broken. The world is a beautiful, broken machine, and from the throbbing ruins I scavenge for my pathetic iconography. Every material entity, whether that means a naked body or a can of soup, is an empty vessel. Only by tearing images apart can I touch the void that’s left when we disappear. The flags I wave are the flags I draw; empty, ruined flags.

Email - natkoyama@gmail.com

ERIKA SCOTT


My art practice is based on developing and articulating contemporary forms of installation practice, operating loosely across media to disrupt simple processes of understanding and viewing ‘space’ and ‘object’. Through interrogating and overlapping spaces of video, object, painting and photography I work to initiate new psychological and physical experiences that draw attention to the tactile and visceral nature of the object, the context of each object and its ability to generate fantasy, space and place simultaneously. Through display and experimental manipulation of media I hope to form an accretion of implied meaning, ideally ‘setting up’ opportunities for both contemplation and alienation.

CV

Website - www.erikajscott.com

REBECCA SMITH

I am interested in creating series of images where the meaning of each photograph is constructed by its relationship to the group as a whole. While the images remain autonomous, their meaning relies on their place within a larger structure, like elements in a procedure where the outcome is greater than the sum of its parts. In the language of alchemy, magic and folklore, certain objects and substances are also considered to be invested with a symbolic power that exists beyond their intended function. This work is structured around this idea, with each photographed object a component of a private ritual.

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Website - www.rebecca-smith.net

MAGGIE MCDADE - Writer


Maggie has worked on art-writing projects throughout Brisbane for the past two years. She also has an emerging curatorial practice, and has developed and collaborated on a number of independent exhibitions both here and interstate. Interested in the dialogues that emerge around art through the writing process, Maggie has particular curiosity in object and craft-based media in her writing. In the catalogue for the Check In exhibition, she focused on the excitement surrounding the emerging arts in Brisbane at the moment, that helps practices such as her own experiment and develop

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Email: maggiejmcdade@gmail.com