29th March - 15th April 2016
Opening 6pm Thursday 29 March
Image: Josephine Skinner, (rows from top) The Time of My Life, 2016,Hopelessly Devoted, 2015, A Whole New World, 2015.
HD video, stereo sound. Courtesy of the artist.
Hopelessly Devoted Josephine Skinner
Josephine Skinner has developed a body of work that brings together YouTube performances of the same love song, choosing tracks from well-known romantic movies. Skinner synchronizes together the amateur acts despite their irregular tempos and varying musical ability, to transform what would otherwise be a cacophony of clashing vocals and instruments into a deceptively coordinated production.
Converging moments of personal transformation results in a beguilingly banal and imperfect ‘cover band’, that conversely reflects the desire for perfection. Glimpsing into the homes of culturally and geographically disparate people, this work considers how video-sharing sites collapse the public/private distinction, channelling a common drive to harness the magic, tragedy and drama of the big screen for our own lives and countless small monitors.
By taking YouTube’s networked ‘community’ to its logical conclusion the work asks if beyond individual experiences of the everyday, there is an expression of a unified humanity–one of desire, failure, and enduring hope.
Josephine Skinner is a Sydney based artist who works in post-production with found online video. Responding to user-created videos, her work is an exploration of the desire and inevitable failure to bridge the gap between the real and ideal. Skinner graduated in Critical Fine Art Practice BA (Hons) in the UK, and is currently a PhD candidate in Media Arts at COFA. In 2015 her work screened in film festivals in Sydney, Melbourne and the US. She is the assistant curator at Stills Gallery where she curated Love Sick in 2014, a group show of photomedia and video art presented in association with Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Art Centre. She has had reviews and articles published in Artlink, RealTime, Runway and UN magazines.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: 'God is at the end of your rope'
Still from High Definition video.
UNCHARTED Maria Ionico
Maria Ionico has developed a new body of work incorporating an exploration of wax as matter and a new video titled 'god is at the end of your rope', which informs and influences the wax work.
Maria studied at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW. Ionico also completed a research course at the Academia Di Belle Arte, Brera, Italy. Ionico was also invited to participate in the Fondazione Ratti Advanced Course in Visual Arts under the guidance of American sculptor Haim Steinbach. Ionico has been awarded many prizes, scholarships and grants which include, three Dyson Bequests from the Art Gallery of NSW, The Frederick May Foundation Scholarship from the NSW Ministry for the Arts and Sydney University, the Italian Government Scholarship, an Australia Council Development Grant - Milan Studio Residency, the Parramatta Artist Fellowship-London, from Parramatta Council, and the artist studios in conjunction with Artquest London and the ACAVA studios in 2012 and notably the prestigious Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. She has won several sculpture prizes, such as the Fishers Ghost sculpture prize at Campbelltown Arts Centre and the Manning Sculpture Prize and the Manning regional gallery. She was recently nominated for the Maddocks Art Prize by Artspace Sydney.