2nd October - 20th October 2017
Opening 6pm Wednesday 2nd October
Image: Jack Stahel, Imaginary Exhibit 1, 2017, Video Installation, Dimensions Variable
GALLERY 1 and GALLERY 2
Material Rites Sophie Clague, Daniel Connell, Gillian Lavery, Tom Mason, Lisa Sammut, Jack Stahel, Angela Welyczko
A shift of focus towards artistic process and the exchange of ideas through more than just an end product, prominently and inevitably re-emerges.
Our lives and artistic practice are inescapably intertwined. The process of creation becomes not only a system for evaluating and understanding our lives and the world around us, but a modus vivendi, a way of life in itself.
Just as a circle carries its own definition of itself, the act of creation lies beyond the world of accidental and contingent physical existence. The way we form our own rituals of learning and understanding, and the choice of mode and means with which to form those rituals, provides us with the way we choose to understand, and share that understanding.
While the world around us may serve no ultimate purpose for existing, our process of comprehending that world serves the purpose of our own intentions. We are in control of our tools and materials, we control our own methods of understanding. These are our Material Rites.
Jack Stahel utilises a wide variety of creative compulsions, generally within an installation framework, to articulate an ongoing fascination, exploration and analysis of the human mind. Stahel questions the familiar ways in which information is structured in order for it to be digested, and the impact that has on how each individual chooses to understand information.
In 2017, Jack has exhibited in the Hatched: National Graduate Show at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, as well as the Underbelly Arts Festival on Cockatoo Island. He was the recipient of numerous awards in 2016, including the Tim Olsen Drawing Prize and an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship. Jack is currently completing his Master of Fine Arts by Research at the College of Fine Arts, and is a director of Archive Space, an artist run gallery in Sydney.
Gillian Lavery attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours and the University Medal from the College of Fine Arts in 2016. She is in the process of completing her Masters of Fine Art by research. Gillian’s works have won many accolades including The Australian Forum for Textile Arts (TAFTA) award and a high commendation at the Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Exhibition. Gillian has been selected to contribute to the 2018 Tamworth Textile Triennial.
Gillian’s process-based practice pushes the boundaries of contemporary textile art, branching into drawing, installation and performance.
Daniel Connell is a video and installation artist. His current practice looks at the physical impact of external value systems and their effect on an individual’s thinking and being. In particular, his recent works engage with a conflict in value systems through instances of obsolescence, whether physical or psychological, where an individual’s immediate sense of value has become subordinate to an automated external representation of value and exchange. Connell recently exhibit in ‘The Big Picture’ at Stills Gallery and ‘Hatched: National Graduate Exhibition 2017’ at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Angela Welyczko is a Sydney based photomedia artist. She has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at the College of Fine Arts. Her Honours year resulted in Storage Space: Inside the Archive, a body of work exploring collecting and storing on a public and institutional level. Storage Space: Inside the Archive was exhibited earlier this year at Archive Space in Newtown. Since graduating, Angela’s work has been exhibited in various shows including New Talent at Robin Gibson Gallery, The CLIP Awards at the Perth Centre for Photography, and Unbound at the Macquarie University Art Gallery.
Sophie Clague (born Kiama, 1988) is a Sydney based artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Raw materiality is a driving force in her work and is often used to dictate the direction that a work will be taken in. Key concerns in her work include urban and industrial detritus, processes of decay, and entropy. Sophie graduated with from the College of Fine Arts with First Class Honours in 2016 and is the recipient of several university scholarships and awards for studio excellence, including the UNSW Honours year Scholarship and the ADFAS Award. She was also a finalist in the Churchie National Emerging Artist Prize of this year. Recent groups shows include ‘Inside the Silos’ (Delmar Gallery, 2017) ‘Launce Sequence’ (Kudos Gallery, 2017) and ‘Of Remnants’ (Firstdraft Gallery, 2017).
Lisa Sammut is a Sydney based emerging artist who works in drawing, sculpture, video and installation. Her practice is concerned with connecting conceptions of cosmic scale to objects of cultural production. She graduated with first class honours at COFA in 2016 and has since been awarded the Australia Council Artstart Grant and Jenny Birt Award. Lisa has participated in numerous group shows in Sydney and Berlin including recent exhibitions at Firstdraft Gallery, Kudos Gallery and Archive Space. In late 2017, Lisa will collaborate with an astronomer as part of the CAW Art Science Residency Program, Sydney.
Tom Mason is a ceramic and installation artist. He completed his Bachelos of Fine Arts with first class honours. In 2016 he exhibited in the International Ceramics Triennale at the University of South Australia, and in 2017 has exhibited at The Compound Warehouse in Chippendale and Archive Space in Newtown. Tom is currently undertaking his Masters of Fine Arts by Research at the College of Fine Arts.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW