Art+Film features a range of emerging and established Australian artists, whose work responds to the cinematic experience, either through direct appropriation, stylistic reference or in-depth analysis of filmic materiality - its particular blend of light and time. Siri Hayes, Farm. Focusing on the artist's grandparents, their animals and their land, Farm considers rural experience, its representation in art and its relevance to contemporary life. Josephine Fagan, Intersection, an interactive work that explores the reconstruction of the everyday urban architectural environment.
Chris Bond, Philip Brophy, Starlie Geikie, Lily Hibberd, Christopher Koller, Brendan Lee, David Noonan, Ricky Swallow, Simon Trevaks. Curated by Natasha Bullock and Brendan Lee
(Gallery 1 & 2)
Scheduled to coincide with the 52nd Melbourne International Film Festival, Art+Film is an exhibition that evaluates the effect of cinema and filmmaking on contemporary artists and art practices. From the haunting photograph of Ricky Swallow's carved wooden mask referencing the Scream (dir. Wes Craven) trilogy of films, to Lily Hibberd's glow-in-the-dark paintings that chronicle cinematic encounters with light, this exhibition considers the potency of cinema - the most popular of all cultural forms.
Art+Film features a range of emerging and established Australian artists, whose work responds to the cinematic experience, either through direct appropriation, stylistic reference or in-depth analysis of filmic materiality - its particular blend of light and time. Comprising large-scale photographs, phosphorescent paint effects, digital soundscapes, video, DVD and sculpture, Art+Film explores lighting, sound, cinematography and mise en scÃ¨ne, whilst also investigating film culture and paraphernalia.
Focusing on the artist's grandparents, their animals and their land, Farm considers rural experience, its representation in art and its relevance to contemporary life. Whilst Hayes' grandparents use the internet and are current with most things contemporary, she is not interested in representing their world objectively but in filtering it through history and traditional representations of rural life, referencing the Social Realist movement as well as 18th and 19th century British animal portrait painters. Hayes investigates the dichotomy within Australian art and culture surrounding rural mythologies and urban realities. Mythologizing her grandparents, she translates European traditions of painting into imagery of rural Australia, echoing the colonial introduction of farming in this country.
Intersection is an interactive work that explores the reconstruction of the everyday urban architectural environment. The user is invited into an immersive virtual world that acts as both an expansion and escape into possible encounters with space, texture and time. At the foundation of the experience are themes of intersection and division, explored through the horizontal and vertical lines of the city.
Combining animation, video, digital imagery and sound, Intersection is a re-evaluation of the constructed realities in which we live.
Photogenic 2003 Lecture Series
August 6 [8pm]
Brendan Lee, Adrian Martin, Clare Stewart. Chaired by Daniel Palmer
This free public forum accompanies the Art+Film exhibition at Centre for Contemporary Photography, and is part of the Talking Pictures program of the 2003 Melbourne International Film Festival. Curated by Natasha Bullock and Brendan Lee, the exhibition explores the effect and influence of cinema on contemporary artistic imagination and practice and includes leading and emerging Australian artists such as Philip Brophy, Starlie Geikie, David Noonan and Ricky Swallow.
Speakers Brendan Lee, Adrian Martin and Clare Stewart will use the CCP exhibition as a starting point for a more general discussion around the many and diverse intersections of art and film.
Brendan Lee is a Melbourne-based artist working in the field of randomly sequenced video installation. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, BUS gallery and 1st Floor. Lee is the curator of the PROJEKT video art archives and gallery co-ordinator of the artist-run space THE KINGS, as well as co-curator of Art+Film. Adrian Martin has had a long and distinguished association with film. Australia's foremost film critic, he has published a number of books including Phantasms (1994), and was editor of Film - Matters of Style (1992). He is currently film critic for The Age. Clare Stewart is Cinema Programmer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne. Prior to this she worked as project manager and curator of the Screen Events department at the Australian Film Institute and managed the Melbourne CinÃ©mathÃ¨que for several years. Her commentary on moving image arts has been published in Cinema Papers, Metro Magazine and Real Time and heard on ABC 774 and 3RRR. The forum will be chaired by CCP Project Coordinator Daniel Palmer.
Opening Thursday 24 July, 6-8pm
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Centre for Contemporary Photography
205 Johnston St
Fitzroy Vic 3065