Foyer Space + Space A
Eden is a series of photographs that examines the transitory stage of youth and human’s relationship with nature through thirty-five portraits of young people from around Australia.
In each headshot the subject is placed unclothed with nature as a backdrop, staring impassively at the camera. With no evidence of the subjects’ context (apart from tattoos or piercings) the images present, with idealised sincerity, the romantic beauty of youth.
By referencing the biblical Garden of Eden, and by placing young people in edenic backgrounds, Lia Steele explores the notion of youth as an idyllic time of purity and innocence, an unspoiled paradise.
For the three-week duration of the exhibition at c3 Contemporary Art Space, the work will be divided into the conventional gallery-space format plus eleven large-scale prints installed throughout the grounds of the Abbotsford convent. These outdoor works mark and compliment the re-birth of Spring. The harmonisation of the artworks within the naturalistic setting will allow viewers to feel a balance between nature and culture, witness the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, and lament upon the sanctity of life.
Hell Hole is a body of work based around a series of sinkholes hidden in the midst of thousands of acres of pine plantation forest in South Australia. There is a quiet and frightening sacredness in these unknown deep spaces that collapse beneath our feet and swallow up the earth.
DARCEY BELLA ARNOLD
Seducing the viewer into an eerie environment, the seduction of horror, the seduction of the screen, entrancing the viewer to watch, hypnotized by the unblinking penetrated eye to stare into and beyond the rhythmic motions. Working primarily in sculpture, instillation and drawing Darcey’s work is located within a theatrical realm of science fiction and surrealism, repeatedly dealing with the eye as icon and metaphor, with a curiosity in the psychedelic and fantastical.
Darcey Bella Arnold completed her Bachelor of Fine Art with a major in Drawing at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors at Monash University in 2009. Since graduating she has exhibited solo and group shows in Adelaide, Mexico and throughout Melbourne, and is currently a studio resident at Rear View Gallery in Collingwood.
INCOMPLETION OF THE IDEA
The current installation of my work expresses the point at which potentiality is most potent. Each unfulfilled material/diagram/plan is pregnant with many possibilities. With this work I am conducting visual research into potential outcomes and probabilities and consequently where potential resides.
SWEEP SOFTLY AROUND THE EDGES
JAHNNE PASCO-WHITE AND ISADORA VAUGHAN
This exhibition will show two separate installations in a shared space, one by Jahnne Pasco-White another by Isadora Vaughan. Exploring different notions of time and space, presenting the works as separate entities with interweaving concerns. Ideas relating to such subjective notions as place and purpose are littered with conflict and are represented here as tenuous connections to transitory opinions.