OPENING THIS FRIDAY
11 August - 23 September 2012
major survey by one of Australia’s most important and influential
photo-based artists. This is the first extensive gathering of
Brassington’s 30 years of practice and explores her ongoing aesthetic
language derived from surrealism and cinema reinterpreted through
Pat Brassington: À Rebours has been assisted by the Australian Government throughSupporting Partner:
the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body
11 August - 23 September 2012
Including video and photography, cast and found forms, installations and
assemblages, Sculptural Matter explores a sculptural way of thinking and making from both a historical and contemporary perspective. It includes such iconic works as Richard Serra's Hand Catching Lead (1968) and Alina Szapocznikow’s
Photosculptures (1971) and new works by contemporary artists, Thea Djordjadze, Nairy Baghramian, Carol Bove, Gabriel Kuri, Sarah Lucas, Shahryar Nashat, and Tatiana Trouvé
Supported by Naomi Milgrom AO
The participation of Nairy Baghramian, Shahryar Nashat and Tatiana Trouvé
has been supported by Victorian College of the Arts' Master Teacher Program, funded by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria. Tatiana Trouvé’s visit is also supported by Alliance Francaise Melbourne.
Both Opening this Friday
10 August 2012, 6-8pm
Radar, 2009 (detail)
Courtesy the artist, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne
and Stills Gallery, Sydney and Bett Gallery,
La Traversee Difficile, 2008 (detail)
187 x 244 x 122 cm
La Colección Jumex, Mexico
SCULPTURAL MATTER ARTIST TALKS
Public programs for the upcoming Sculptural Matter exhibition:
Thursday 9 August 12.30-1.30pm
Shahryar Nashat engages with museum practices of collecting, reproducing,
framing and display as well as questions relating to appropriation and artistic reuse. Lighting, plinths, pedestals, and modes of positing and projecting all play pivotal roles in Nashat’s video installations, sculptures and photographs and highlight how
display and reproduction affect meaning. Characterized by an emphasis on staging and rehearsal, Nashat presents a series of partial visibilities constructed through dramatic montages, interruptions and abridgements. These incomplete representations suggest
fundamental desires and anxieties, at times framing the body as the locus of an unconscious conflict, or building psychological tension around both the production of an object and its reception. Shahryar Nashat is conducting a series of studio visits with
VCA students while in Australia.
Thursday 9 August 6-7pm
Tatiana Trouvé is a contemporary visual artist based in
Paris. Born in Cosenza, Italy in 1968, she later spent time living in Senegal, the Netherlands, and the South of France before moving to Paris in the mid nineties. Trouvé’s work spans drawing, sculpture and painting brought together in architecture
inspired installations reminiscent of office, laboratory, retail display, warehouse or workshop spaces. She first came to international prominence via her Bureau of Implicit Activities (1997-2003), developed over a number of years, which preserved
traces of the evolution of her art practice. Characterised by unexpected shifts in scale, casting of objects and through responsiveness to each particular site, her psychologically-charged scenes continue to evoke imagined ‘activities’ and processes of
material transformation, creating eerie states of suspension and an almost palpable sense of absence.
Tuesday 14 August 6-7pm
Nairy Baghramian’s photographic and sculptural-based works examine political and
social systems of power, encompassing questions of context, institutional framing, and the production and reception of contemporary art. While making use of traditional sculptural methodologies of casting and modelling, Baghramian draws on a broad range of
design and literary references, and art-historical debates around minimalism, to create new and more open-ended possibilities for sculpture. Her sleek, polished aluminum pieces and cast rubber forms are often arranged in intimate mise-en-scènes that
highlight the absence of a body while imbuing the forms themselves with bodily presence. Nairy Baghramian is conducting a series of workshops with VCA students while in Australia.
Victorian College of the Arts
Free registration online: vca.unimelb.edu.au/events
For a full list of
Public Programs for this exhibition season: www.accaonline.org.au/WhatsOn
Photoscaled 3 (Yellow), 2011
C-print on paper
50 x 44 cm
Courtesy the Artist and Silberkuppe, Berlin
A FURTHER 50 WORKS THAT MATTER...and, WHY
Art history in free-fall with Artistic Director,
A very limited number of
tickets are available for the final two sessions of A FURTHER 50 WORKS THAT MATTER...and, WHY NOT!
Wednesday 15 August & Wednesday 22 August
$46 for a single session, $80 both sessions.
Call 9697 9908 to book your place.
The ACCA gallery and bar will be open from 5pm
Tax deductible professional development for art professionals (where it is sufficiently
connected to your work activities).