Image: Dara Gill - Untitled (Births & Deaths Counter) [Still] 2011
Video on two digital photo frames, 40cm x 18cm each.
In Action, Inaction Dara Gill
In Action, Inaction continues Gill's investigation into the topic of anxiety with a focus on the gap between intention and action. In this new body of work Gill examines what effect anxiety has on action and explores its paralysing effect. He asks, what forces us to put off tasks that seem important? What role does logic play in spurring action? And can inaction be attributed to the mundane, the repetitive or the impossible?
Dara Gill is an emerging artist working with a diverse range of mediums within the visual arts including video, sculpture, painting, sound and installation. Graduating in Visual Arts at the University of Wollongong in 2007 and Honours in Fine Arts (Sculpture) at the UNSW's College of Fine Arts in 2009, his current work investigates the nature of anxiety through situational based research. Gill is a currently a director at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney and this exhibition forms his final outcome of his JUMP Mentorship with MCA Curator Glenn Barkley.
NOW Counter (Current Birthrate/Deathrate Four Births Per Second, Two Deaths Per Second) 2011
High-Definition Video, LCD Television with Media Player, Perspex
Untitled (Survey with stones) 2011
Stones, Rope, Timber, Clipboards, Paper, Survey from Found Book. Dimensions Variable.
To Do List 2011
50 Page custom designed notepad, offset printed.
Edition of 250.
105 × 148mm each
Image: Alex Wisser "Blank Canvas 2", 2011. 150cm x 100cm inkjet print.
Blank Canvas Alex Wisser
‘Blank Canvas’ is an exhibition of large scale photographs of homes that have been lived in for more than 30 years taken on the day of their sale by auction. Alex Wisser’s photography captures the decorative decisions layered decade upon decade and the traces of the lives lived within these interiors. The potency of these scenes are rendered salient by the fact that they are taken on the day of their sale and within the awareness that this will result in their ultimate erasure through renovation. Thirty years of one person’s life is another person’s blank canvas.
Alex Wisser is a Sydney based artist, who’s practice centers on photomedia, but includes video, installation, and performance, often deriving from photographic concerns. His current enquiry involves an appropriation of anthropology, not as a science but as a cultural form through which he attempts an engagement with others in his own society from whom he is socially distant.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Brown Council. Still from Group Work,
blackboard paint on MDF, chalk, 90 x 50 cm, 2010.
Group Work explores the collective identity and possible intertwined histories of the four members of Brown Council. The exhibition will consist of wall-sized blackboards mounted in the exhibition space, which will each bear the residue of a list of people or things who have influenced or effected our lives, written out in white chalk. Each list, which will vary in scope from previous lovers to significant deaths, will be written and performed within the gallery over the course of the exhibition. Over the duration of each performance each handwritten name on the blackboard will become layered over the top of one another, making them indistinguishable from each other. This act of proclamation and subsequent erasure then becomes a type of makeshift ritual to memory where each experience is given equal meaning and significance, whilst inevitably making them all meaningless; the more layers there are, the less you can see.
Brown Council is the collaborative practice of Sydney-based artists Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore, Kelly Doley and Diana Smith. Since 2007, they have collectively made performance and video works that straddle the contexts of gallery and stage, and draw on the historical lineages of both the visual and performing arts. Their work engages with concepts of spectacle and endurance, as well as the dialogue between ‘liveness’ and the performance document or trace. Starting from simple conceptual provocations devised in group discussions, Brown Council combine elements from high and popular culture with moments from the everyday to create works that critique why and how it is that we perform. Often switching roles amongst members or outsourcing the performance to hired help, Brown Council complicate distinctions between actor and performance artist, performer and self, and the role of the audience as passive observer or active participant. Brown Council have exhibited and performed nationally and internationally including most recently Tell Me Tell Me: Australian and Korean Art 1976-2011 at MCA Sydney and NMOCA Seoul (2011), Primavera, MCA (2011), Nothing Like Performance, Artspace (2011).