1st April - 26th April 2015
Opening 6pm Wednesday 1st April
Image Left : Cybele Cox, Three Legged Column, 2013-14. hand built glazed ceramic. 170cm x 45 cm
Image Right : Ali Noble Image Right : Ali Noblecloud smell, 2014
felt on plywood. 50 cm x 91 cm
The Golden Flower Pot
Ali Noble and Cybele Cox
The Golden Flower Pot began as a conversation between Cybele Cox and Ali Noble about the merits of ornamentation and imagination within their respective practices. The exhibition title originates from the tale of Hoffmann, with its similar inquiry into the poet’s vocation. Like the tale, the exhibition proposes a separation of art and life, the poet’s need for Atlantis; the retreat from reality into a realm of entities and powers in hyperreality.
Cybele Cox’s latest work is part of a research project that attempts to reinvoke the occult practices of the past with the understanding that the magic and ritual of these practices has been buried by Christianity and capitalism and is now forgotten but sometimes glimpsed in art and altered states. These large totemic sculptures in glazed ceramic playfully evoke the rituals of repressed paganism. The idiosynchratic style is the personal handwriting of the artist, inspired by the functionality of the ritual object and the lost space of the dream state.
Ali Noble’s latest work continues the artist’s hi-fi colour palette and unique felt-assemblage methodology. New to her practice are plywood constructions with a greater corporeal reference (ie scaled up works) that amplify the possibility of ‘feeling’ the works. For the artist, neon hues and symbolic sensibilities strive to convey the possibility of embodied energy; these colours emit and transmit a vibration or frequency.
Cybele Cox is a Sydney based artist who uses ceramic sculpture, painting and drawing as an exploration of hallucination and the mythic world. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts in 1994 and is currently engaged in a Master of Fine Arts degree at Sydney College of the Arts. Cybele has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Sydney (Mop Projects, Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown and Sheffer Gallery).
Ali Noble is a Sydney based artist whose work oscillates between sculpture and installation. She has exhibited widely in solo shows (Flinders Street Gallery, James Dorahy Project Space, Factory 49) and group exhibitions throughout Australia. Her work is held in the Artbank collection, and private collections in Australia and overseas. Noble anticipates commencing her Masters of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 2016.
To view the PDF of an interview with Ali Noble and Cybele Cox by Nina Stromqvist please visit our publications page.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW