Image: Bonita Bub, Cherry Kitsch (detail), marine ply, acrylic, piano hinges, (4 x panels 45 x 150 cm), 2014, image by: Lucy Parakhina
Light_Wait Biljana Jancic and Bonita Bub
Light_Wait features new work by Sydney-based artists Biljana Jancic and Bonita Bub. Bub’s architectonic objects and Jancic’s light – trapping sculptures work together to reorganise interior environments, thereby creating a sense of anticipation where visitors are encouraged to wait- but the anticipated event never occurs.
The intermission or pause is a theatrical device commonly used to build anticipation for a coming action as well as providing an opportunity to be within the present moment. Similarly in art the pause invites people to slow down and, in this case, just be with the indeterminate, in-between or possibly even the mundane aspects of the present.
In a society obsessed with speed, movement and a fear of falling behind, the pause is a critical strategy to explore in contemporary art. Also, in this post-enlightenment landscape where only the emptiness of the commodity is steeped in light, it is important to enlighten instances of indeterminate emptiness, without the comfort of distraction or escapism.
Bonita Bub is a Sydney-based artist who is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts. She has studied at Glasgow School of Art and will be participating in an exchange to Vienna early next year. She has exhibited works in Sydney, Melbourne, Glasgow and Berlin.
Biljana Jancic is a Sydney-based artist and writer. She is a current PhD candidate at the Sydney College of the Arts and a founding member of a critical discussion group ‘The Free Association’. Recent solo exhibitions include Light Incisions, INFLIGHT, Hobart and is not, ICAN, Sydney.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Damascus 2171 (detail), 2014
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
108cm x 26cm
GALLERY 2 12 March 2014 Nuclear Winter Marc Dempsey
Nuclear Winter is an exhibition of paintings from a series that Marc Dempsey has been working on for ten years. It is a futuristic fictional portrayal of cities in an apocalyptic atmosphere. The project has developed over a long period in parallel with other projects but has never been exhibited in its own context.
This series, previously dubbed ‘Black City’, is a projection of a future that appears in various phases of the chaos and anarchy that might follow large-scale nuclear-armed warfare in what are now fairly stable cities. This projection surfaces from the uncertainty of ongoing conflicts around the world.
Simultaneously, these paintings extend an investigation into representational and abstract painting, focussing on three main techniques: painting, mostly of hard edged but flowing organic shapes; spray painting, in fine layered mists as grounds and also in foreground detail; and drawing, using pens to add details to the paintings.
In creating the myth, all of the ‘landscapes’ are completely made-up and are given their city name at some point during or after their painting. All of the nominated cities are cities that the artist has never been to. This is a Sci-Fi projection of what future may lay ahead for the landscape painter.
Marc Dempsey is a Sydney based artist who works in different media and under several project names. While disparate, his practice is part of a greater conceptual investigation. This exhibition is a facet of that investigation.