1st August - 18th August 2017
Opening 6pm Thursday 1st August
Image: Gemma Messih, The distance between us (detail), 2017
Inkjet print, Dimensions variable, Series of 6, Edition of 3 + AP
Sometimes it's hard to tell who is moving Gemma Messih
We adjust depending on our proximity to one another.
Gemma Messih is an emerging artist from Sydney, Australia. Recent group exhibitions include 'Home and Hosed' at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (2017); 'The Big Picture' at Stills Gallery (2017); 'Launch Sequence' at Kudos Gallery (2017) and 'Photo-Sculpture - Pictures, objects and paradox' at MOP Projects (2016). Messih has undertaken artist residency programs at NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland in 2016 and at The Green House, Fowlers Gap, Broken Hill in 2015.
This project has benefited from an Arts & Design Grant courtesy of Arc @ UNSW Limited
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Lauren Commens, Untitled 2, 2016
from the series 'The Feeling Of Things' Inkjet Print – Canson Infinity Rag Photographique
Breathing Room Yvette Coppersmith, Sara Oscar, Eloise Kirk, Clare Thackway, Mike Hewson, Lauren Commens and Nadia Wagner. Curator: Dr Jaime Tsai
BREATHING ROOM is a group exhibition devoted to the poetics of the interior, the “asylum where art takes refuge,” as Walter Benjamin described it. The interior is the individual’s private universe, a cradle of memories, accumulations and geographies. This exhibition will explore the psychological and libidinal investment of place: the relationship between intimate dwelling and the desolation of infinity, the play of presence and absence, territory and liminality, unity and fragmentation, and the tension between the security of domestic life and the potential violence of a broken home. Lauren Commens, Yvette Coppersmith, Mike Hewson, Eloise Kirk, Sara Oscar, Clare Thackway and Nadia Wagner respond to these themes through photography, film, installation, painting and scent.
BREATHING ROOM is an artist/writer collaborative initiative. Each artist has been paired with an art historian or art writer with the intention of encouraging enduring relationships between local practitioners and writers, and stimulating a critical dialogue between visual and textual representations. The catalogue produced for the exhibition will feature a poem by the award winning writer Lisa Gorton, and reproductions of each artist's work with an accompanying essay.
Jaime Tsai is a Sydney based art historian. She recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Sydney on the spatial practice of Marcel Duchamp. She is a sessional academic at the University of Technology, the University of NSW, the University of Sydney and the National Art School. Her research interests include the nexus between the art/architectural object and twentieth century philosophies of space.