12th September - 29th September 2017
Opening 6pm Thursday 12th September
Image: Camille Serisier, ‘Ovid’s Medusa #5’ , 2017, Watercolour and pencil on paper, 42.0cm x 29.7cm
OVID's MEDUSA Camille Serisier
Camille Serisier presents a new body of work that deconstructs the account of Medusa provided in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Through a series of images Serisier reinterprets this 16th Century narrative from the contemporary perspective of ecofeminism. Visual references to art history, Christianity and contemporary political events infuse these fantastic illustrations, questioning the patriarchal bias and assumption present within the original text.
Camille Serisier is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brisbane, Australia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from the Australian National University. She undertook additional training as a scenic painter at Scenic Studios in Melbourne and Opera Australia in Sydney. She was a co-director of Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney from 2011 to 2012. Serisier has been an artist in residence at Kings Canterbury in Britain, the Bundanon Trust in New South Wales and Laughing Waters in Victoria. She has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including the Australian National University Undergraduate Scholarship, the Neil Roberts Sculpture Prize, the NAVA Australian Artist Grant and the Arts Queensland Career Development Grant
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Ella Barclay, The Rise of The Dream of The Self Regulating System (detail) 2017, Acrylic, electroluminescent panel, polycarbonate. 145 x 40 x 60 cm
db Projects Presents Ella Barclay and Steve Mykietyn
Sometimes when people have too many drinks they say the wrong things – offensive things, but sometimes things that aren’t really offensive, more that they are insensitive in the particular context. I think I’ve probably done this quite a bit. Less think and more know but that’s beside the point. I really offended my friend Grant Stevens when we first met – so much so that we really weren’t friends for quite a few years. I maintain that I was drunkenly trying to stand up for the ARI that preceded his, that at the time I believed he was deriding. Whether or not this was true, it’s like David Warner lashing out at Joe Root believing he was mocking Hashim Amla; a well-intentioned gesture poorly judged and enacted through an amber haze. This is not to say that Grant and I were ever close to ‘fisty cuffs’, but again, this is beside the point.
Prior to this my friend Todd McMillan and I upon becoming co-directors of the ARI Wren (which became Francis Baker-Smith, don’t ask) took it upon ourselves to rally the Sydney ARI community together. However, with a complete lack of administrative acumen, social awareness and an overdeveloped sense of unionised bravado, we chose to present our case late at night, unsolicited, in dubious bars. While this probably worked for Bob Hawke, we’re not Rhodes scholars and I certainly can’t play the trombone. So what was intended as a well-intentioned plea to support each other through communication and attendance at our respective events was actually received as: “you’re not doing your jobs very well – we’re right you’re wrong! Do you need another drink? Yes, thanks. Anyone else? Okay, what are you having? Resches… mm hm and a house white. Sure. No, I don’t need a hand”.
Not a great story, but the point is the folks at MOP have the necessary skills and acumen to realise this crazy dream. So as a part of MOP’s ongoing engagement with the Sydney ARI community they’ve asked db to put on a show, come to the pub after, then come back to the gallery when the pub closes to drink what’s left in the fridge and share a palpable, valuable sense of camaraderie that’s so essential when everyone’s doing it for nothing.
In this spirit db presents Ella Barclay and Steve Mykietyn. If you don’t know Ella or her work you’re crazy, you probably don’t know Steve because he’s a New Yorker. They met while studying at the University of Edinburgh because they’re both overachieving weirdos. They’ve collaborated on awesome digital collages pre-Tim and Eric, maintained their own stellar practices, driven or participated in a myriad of artist run projects and been all around good folk. Steve’s current space is called Orgy Park. Ella’s made a work called Woozy Jacuzzi. They’re better than us.
Ella Barclay (B.1981, Bendigo) engages with the transfixing, impulsive and intuitive behaviours brought about by new technologies. Solo exhibitions include Be Still, I'm Thinking, db Project, Sydney (2017), New Work, Open Studio, Artspace, Sydney (2017), Maelstrom Studies, The Rocks, Sydney (2016) and Attic Gallery, Taipei (2015), Quick Dip, db, Sydney, (2014), Big Thoughts, Curated by Jennifer Turpin and Peter Volich, Mop Projects, Sydney (2014), Shit Rip, FirstDraft, Sydney, (2013) and Stone Soup, Gaffa, Sydney (2012). Group exhibitions include Collaberateurs, Artereal, Sydney (2017), Video Muzak, Curated by Matthew Hopkins, Bondi Pavilion, Sydney (2017), FreeFall, curated by Sari TM Kivanen, Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney (2016), Crisis Complex, curated by Sumugan Sivanesan and Laura McLean, Tin Sheds, Sydney (2016), Respite for Souls Adrift, curated by Sydney Guild, InFlight, Hobart (2016), Fresh Produce, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne (2016), White as They Come, Curated by Iakovos Amperidis, 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney (2016). In 2015 she undertook an Asialink residency at Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan. In 2017 she undertook a residency at Artspace, Sydney.
Steve Mykietyn was Born in Norwich, CT in 1978, Mykietyn graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and in 2010 with a MFA in Fine Art from Edinburgh College of Art. Founder of Orgy Park gallery in Brooklyn. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Ghostface’, Bobby Redd Project Space, Brooklyn (2016) ‘MegaMix Histories’ Bahrain Site Museum, Manama (2014);‘Arcade Park’ BETAspaces, Brooklyn (2013); ‘My Brain’s a Cliff and My Heart’s a Bitter Buffalo’ a two-part show at castillo/corales, Paris, and Jonathan Viner, London (2012). ‘How Do U Want It?’ Sleeper Gallery, Edinburgh (2012); ‘Deathlords of Karaoke’ Gallery Titanik,Turku (2011); ‘Battle Bags’ AIAV, Yamaguchi (2011); He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.