4th December - 21st December 2017
Opening 6pm Wednesday 4th December 2017
Image: Darryn Ansted, Displacement 04, 2017,
Oil on Linen, 50 x 70 cm, Private Collection. Photo: by the artist
Labyrinths Darryn Ansted
Darryn Ansted’s Architectonic Paintings view the new Australian landscape as one of a deconstructed theatre set. This extends his recent examination of the ruinous post-industrial landscape of Leipzig in painting that again constructs a consciously renewed artifice with paint but this time braids recent architecture in Australia into folded and curved planes. Various cues of lament and desire appear within this mosaicked space: a handmade wooden board game or a spinning top the only clues to micro-narratives for the viewer entering their enfolded space.
Dr Ansted is the Head of Painting in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University. He has exhibited internationally in over 30 projects and has taught art studio practice and art history/theory at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University since 2012. His art practice involves experimentation with modernist strategies and processes—particularly exploring painting’s relationship to ethics and society in the contemporary context, which has involved working in the Middle East during the Arab Spring and more recently in Europe. An artist-academic, he is publishing a book on Gerhard Richter with Ashgate in 2018 and he has recently returned from a six month sabbatical ensconced in a Leipzig studio.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Harriet Body, Earth Mark (detail from action), 2017, clay, straw, and fire on paper, 42 x 59.4 cm
Earth Mark is a new body of work by Sydney and Darwin based artist, Harriet Body. Harriet recently returned from a research trip in India and Europe which included a 3 month residency at La Fragua Artist Residency in Belalcázar, a small Andalusian village in the south of Spain.
Harriet’s practice is concerned with undertaking process-based performative actions in order to create enduring artworks which effectively memorialize and preserve the present moment of her body in creative action. Earth Mark is a series of works on paper that exist as traces of an action. During her residency in Spain Harriet made clay from the earth in the garden and used this and dry grass to create abstract sculptural works on paper which she then set fire to, an action that left permanent smoke and burn marks on the paper. The resulting works on paper will be shown in the exhibition at MOP Projects.
Harriet is a current Masters research student at The College of Fine Arts.
With thanks to:
La Fragua Artist Residency and the COFA Travel Grant