30th May - 16th June 2017
Opening 6pm Thursday 30th May
Image: JD Reforma, “Study for Body for Days”, 2017.
20 x 20cm, digital composition. Image courtesy the artist.
INFINITY POOL JD Reforma
“What do you know about water? Only that it’s everywhere, differently.”
Roni Horn, Saying Water, Dia Art Foundation, 2001.
"There's nothing unusual about top models drinking water like it's going out of fashion. But eyebrows have been raised about the amount that's delivered to Kate's house. There's even been speculation that she must bathe in the stuff, or at least use it to wash her hair. It's hard to think of any other explanation."
Jessica Callan, Eva Simpson and Caroline Hedley,
LOTTA BOTTLE; Why does Kate need all that water?
The London Mirror, April 7, 2005.
In 1992 my mother’s family, while preparing land for farming, discovered a natural spring on their property in the Philippine district of Pulilan, Bulacan.
Three years later, in memory of my grandfather, construction was completed on Villa Lorenzo: a leisure centre for locals and visitors consisting of cabanas, slides and pools – filled entirely with fresh spring water. Our family ran Villa Lorenzo until 2010.
The works in this exhibition were conceived poolside.
JD Reforma is a Sydney-based artist, with peripheral practices in writing, curation and administration. In 2013, he attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, specialising in the fields of Sculpture, Performance and Installation. In 2016, he commenced a Master of Fine Arts by Research, also at COFA, specialising in the same fields. He has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, including: Firstdraft Gallery, Gaffa, The Paper Mill, Alaska Projects and 55 Sydenham Road. 2017 will see his work included in exhibitions at MOP Projects, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Kudos Art Gallery and Mosman Art Gallery. He is currently a Co-Director of Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney.
Photography by Michael Randall
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Sebastian Goldspink, "Overcome", 2017
AS ABOVE | SO BELOW Alaska Projects:
Biljana Jancic, Bridie Connell, Chloe Hughes, Daniel Hollier, Jessica Olivieri, Kate Scardifield, Marylyn Schneider, MS&MR, Nick Collerson, Philjames, Samuel Hodge, Sarah Contos, Sarah Rodigari, Sebastian Goldspink, Tom Polo, Tully Arnot.
ALASKA Projects is a Sydney based project space with a diverse exhibition program focusing on emerging artists and multi-disciplinary events. Since opening in October 2015 in an abandoned mechanics workshop in the basement of the Kings Cross Car Park, ALASKA Projects has staged over 30 exhibitions and shown over 130 artists. In 2017 ALASKA projects launches a year-long performance program Restaging Restaging Histories. This program will operate alongside ALASKA’s existing musical and film based programs.
In December 2016, ALASKA Projects travelled to New Orleans Louisiana to present an exhibition of 16 emerging Australian artists called As Above | So Below at Good Children Gallery. This exhibition represented the first exhibition of Australian art in the cities history and formed the basis of a cultural exchange with Good Children Gallery.
ALASKA’s group show at MOP Projects takes this exhibitions title and includes artists that participated in the original tour.