Considering a recent exhibition history including shards of Perspex, toxic stocks of spray paint, lights; black and neon, scaffolding, broken mirror balls, minimalist monoliths and time-lapse flower uploads, anticipating Justin Balmain’s next move is not easy. Unfailingly inventive, the formally impressive Balmain uses his protean art-box to veritably delve beneath (very) visual cultural surfaces.
‘In Case We Never Meet’ portrays a perfect love story never consummated, two lovers race around the market place with no desire to buy, searching a scene for something that refuses to be found. The pair fail to meet, yet they are each other’s equal, parts one and two, or kin maybe - resemblances A and B. Duration finds the looping lovers are instead cyclical runners, chasing themselves. Their presence is a negation of togetherness, it is only the viewer who possesses narrative tools for a union. This atemporal work posits that alienation is as much a part of semiocapitalism as it was with modernity. Dual screen presentation is a great paring back for Balmain, running and projection loops play each other out, an eternal return accompanied by echoing security alarms.
Justin Balmain is a Sydney based artist that works across media, in an attempt to consider visual possibilities of painting through new forms and mediums. Balmain commenced his Master of Fine Art at the Otago School of Art in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 2013, before continuing his studies at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney. He has exhibited widely in Sydney, as well as numerous group shows around Australia. In March this year, he will exhibit a new body of work at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, in New Zealand, which is supported by an Australia Council for the Arts New Work grant. Balmain currently a co-director at Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Life Drawing Class at The Paper Mill, December 2014. Photograph By Siân McIntyre.
Ex Post Facto The Papermill at MOP
The Paper Mill Directors Aaron Anderson, Kate Campbell, Anne-Louise Dadak, Christopher Hodge, Siân McIntyre, Stephanie Peters and Laura Pike will be presenting seven works for Ex Post Facto (meaning 'after the fact').
This exhibition comes quite literally 'after the fact' - exactly 4 months after The Paper Mill's final exhibition.
Ex Post Facto draws on the seven Paper Mill Director's shared experience of running an Artist Run Space - the constant stream of little endings and beginnings that occurred both during the lifespan of The Paper Mill and after the closing of the space.
The Paper Mill has been repainted for the last time.
While the space remains blank, the white walls of MOP Projects will be host to Ex Post Facto. The exhibition is a reflection upon the respective readings of 'after the fact' by seven artists from varied creative backgrounds.
Land and monument, physical space, memory, landscape, control, loss of control, flux and precarious balance are all touched upon in this diverse exhibition.