Space A + Project room
It’s not the end of the world
Everybody is living on the rooftops and the giant monkey robot doesn't
want to get up.
Post-apocalyptic urban planning and absurd disasters meet in a series
of drawings in which the personal is re-imagined on an epic scale.
It's not the end of the world.
Masks are a potent symbol of identity, and of covered identity. Masks are as relevant now as they have been in the past, from images of bushrangers with face coverings, military and guerrilla masks, to CCTV images of masked robbers and surgical masks to guard against bacteria. Masks reference fear; of contagion, of the body being invaded or colonised, but they also represent a change in identity for the wearer. A mask can turn an individual into a pack animal, and it can enable that individual to do things they would not do unmasked. It represents a becoming, an in between space where the masked person is neither themselves nor something else. Some of the work uses army imagery and camouflage as a way of visually suggesting the impact of conflict on personal and national identity.
VENI VIDI VICI
Rohani Osman, Katie Jacobs and Brittany Veitch
These three artists use uniquely Australian native species to illustrate a traditional British dinner with a dark twist. Through research of historical representation of cultural practices within Australia, including poking fun at the British, the artists question the ideas of patriotism and environmentalism.
Bush foods lovingly made by the artists will be served at the opening night celebrations on the 28th of October, from 6-8pm.
2009 Convent Studio Artists Salon
Ralf Kempken, Micheline Lee, Carol Batchelor, Phoebe Porter, Marte Newcombe,
Kathryne Leopoldseeder, Charlie Sublet, Jon Butt, Rick Matear, Deborah Cole, Rebecca Wetzler
Wendy Golden, Marita Lillie, Jason Maling, Phillip Stokes Studio Glass, Louise Richards-Green
Serving as the mother-house of the Sister’s of the Good Shepherd in Australasia for 112 years, the Abbotsford Convent now houses artists, arts workers and creative organisations.
The pantries which once stored the food and produce needs for the 1200 women and girls who lived on site now function as the c3 contemporary art space, while the ground floor spaces of the Convent now host regular special events, conferences and arts, craft & design markets.
The first and second floors of the Convent where the Nuns were housed in dormitories and cells are now the creative base for painters, illustrators, poets, writers, weavers, designers, jewelers, performers, musicians, singers and more.
This exhibition is representative of the work of these artists. The Convent Salon Show exemplifies the diversity of creative practice based at the Abbotsford Convent today.