The Collector 11: The Umbra Tricky Walsh & Mish Meijers
Meijers and Walsh are in their eighth year of collaborative practice with their Collector Project – A superfiction based on an obsessive character called Henri Papin, which manifests within a continuing series of sculptural installations. Both artists maintain distinct solo practices in addition to this project.
Henri Papin is constructed from various disparate fragments from fiction and history. His multi-personality presents in both conscious and unconscious forms which allows the introduction of fantastical and dream-like elements to exist in tandem to the more overtly 'realistic' elements of his existence as a collector of things.
This however, is on the border of change. The project up until this point has maintained certain fundamental rules and truths which are on the verge of unraveling. The Collector 11: The Umbra then, is that last fragment of what was, the eye of the storm, the darkest point of the shadow; the most removed position from the light of illumination, knowledge, realisation.
Physically the exhibition falls between chaos and formalism; a discrete architectural installation that nests sound works and kinetic interventions amongst crafted elements and found objects. It also conceptually hosts within its structure the remnants of that dissolution process, the gentle erosion of the primary character and with it the established narrative and the birth of something entirely new.
Meijers + Walsh are Tasmanian based artists who each maintain rigorous solo and collaborative practices. They are in their ninth year of collaborating on The Collector Project; an examination of psychological schema through the use of their fictional and obsessive character (Henri Papin) The exhibition outcomes of this project manifest as immersive, large-scale sculptural installations encompassing various media and technology, and most recently, performance.
In 2012 they were awarded a Qantas Foundation Art Encouragement award, were commissioned to make a permanent public artwork for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, new temporal works for Monash University Museum of Art and the privately funded Detached Cultural Organisation, were included in the 2013 Mona Foma festival, organised by the Museum of Old and New Art. The Collector project has been a recipient of Australia Council (2012) and Arts Tasmania (2010-2012 inc) funding, The 2008 Rosamund McCulloch studio award and has undertaken residencies in New York (2011) and Paris (2008).
Meijers + Walsh opened the Artist Run Initiative 6a in Hobart which operated from 2007-2011 and initiated other collaborations within this structure including the major works Battery operated and supercharger (Nextwave festivals 2008 and 2010 respectively) and an Asia link collaborative residency with House Of Natural Fibre in Jogjakarta which resulted in a performance and installation piece at the Sangkring Art space. They have also exhibited in various locations nationally in the collaborative project installation/performance group The Holy Trinity. (CAST gallery - Hobart, Hell gallery – Melbourne, The Chrysalisseum – Melbourne, Boxcopy – Brisbane.)
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW