MARCH 2018 EXHIBITIONS
10 March - 8 April 2018
SATURDAY 10 MARCH FROM 4:30 PM
Prelude to a Fugue
“Notionally this is a look at the myth of Icarus but more personally it is about my father who died in May (my childhood home was beside the airport where he worked) and what he knew and didn’t about the perils of art and life, and how he unwittingly led me to things both of great value and things of peril. In giving Icarus the freedom to fly close to the gods, Daedalus also killed his son. We like to blame Icarus but did he have any real choice. It may not be possible to know the ecstasy that drove him high above the clouds, but we can imagine the fall.”
HAGUE is an artist who brings an impeccable skill set to the contemporary art scene. Throughout his work he revels in ambiguity, simultaneously conveying elements of the heavy and light, the fixed and fluid, the brutal and gentle. HAGUE works across numerous media including printmaking, video, painting and installation but with a focus on sculpture in both stone and metal.
From his studio in Newport, Melbourne, HAGUE has exhibited widely and is represented in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria. In 2010 his work was the subject of a ten year retrospective at Deakin University (Burwood). Recent exhibitions include ‘Common Ground’ at NGV International, ‘Porcelaine’ at Turner Galleries (Perth), the Blake Prize (awarded the Blake Residency), ‘CRUSH’ at Fehily Contemporary (Melbourne), the ‘Wynne Prize’ at AGNSW and ‘Inaugural’ at Nicholas Projects (Melbourne).
"To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom1"
ADAM CUSACK is an artist whose practice traverses multiple media including drawing, painting, installation and sculpture. His work explores ideas of authenticity and identity in popular culture. CUSACK is interested in showing real things in provocative ways; assembling unrelated objects together to bring about relationships that challenge the perception of the original items.
"The act of making something to 'look real' is not what's necessarily important to the work. However, I have found that spending time on the rendering of the subject gives value to the idea, which in turn allows the audience to consider it's 'unrealism' and engage with my practice."
sideshow focuses CUSACK’s interest in society’s prevailing hunger for celebrity ~ and the images which feed a seemingly insatiable audience. Countless media and news companies procure photographic imagery which is published for profit without consent. What does this mean to the subject’s personal freedom? And what are the implications for a society that participate in such an exchange?
Conversely, an interesting philosophical exercise would be for the audience to flip it’s focus of attention back on itself. Let the sideshow begin.
1. This famous quote is often attributed to Socrates.
Prelude to a Fugue
Prelude to a Fugue presents video work by Melbourne-based animator and illustrator SAL COOPER, part of a larger work for live performance with musicians called While You Sleep - a fugue. COOPER works with with animation and video, exploring the uncertain landscape between the real and the illusion. Prelude to a Fugue is an investigation into the musical structure of the Fugue and the psychological state of a Dissociative Fugue, and references notions of flight and escape, loss and disassociation. These are these de-contextualised objects - the earthly, the beautiful, the captive, suspended like offerings or fragments of a larger narrative above an urban landscape.