FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS AT STOCKROOM
OPENING : Saturday 8 July from 4:30 pm
Saturday 8 July to Sunday 6 August 2017
In Defence of Optimism
In Defense of Optimism is a new sculptural exhibition by Kyneton-based artist Michael Needham. It serves as a culmination point for Needham’s practice, which for several years has explored a broad correlation between death and representation, with recent work probing representations of landscape informing Australian cultural history. While both subtle and directly iconic references to death are integrated, there is also a quiet appeal to engage with ideas of transition, and analogously, to transformative concerns in art and aesthetics. This is a propositional hope that re-positions the art object as something that might survive a death preempted by its own temporality in the gallery space. In multiple ways, In Defense of Optimism is about the agency of endpoints, both for the body of work thematically and its presence within the conventional framework of an exhibition – existing as a fragment in time – circumscribed by the momentum of contemporary life and visual culture.
Roh Singh’s exhibition, Birdsong, draws upon the alluring motif of birds provides rich links to numerous metaphors, symbols and themes of death, fragility or freedom. They can be read as spiritual, totemic or as avatars. Birds also serve as national emblems and are endemic to a region and it’s identity. Hearing the song of a specific bird has the ability to trigger a memory of place akin to a unique smell reminding you of a childhood location. A bird’s song is call and response, a territorial declaration. birdsong is a suite of works exploring a collection of imagery from my two disparate cultural backgrounds. My practice has often sought to play with an intangible space of sorts – one where two opposing factors present a conundrum. Like the space between positive and negative forms, where neither and both exist simultaneously. This series of cross-cultural mash ups continues this examination of a place where neither can exist wholly.
Back to the Woods
Kerrie McConchie's work is a site-specific installation with a focus on themes of regional and family history, landscape and memory. Unwritten narratives of abstract moving imagery based on simple drawings and collage become immersive through projection.
OPENING : Saturday 12 August from 4:30 pm
Saturday 12 August to Sunday 3 September 2017
World to the Unseen
Curated by KAREN WOODBURY
LIONEL BAWDEN . MARION BORGELT . HOSSEIN VALAMANESH . ANGELA VALAMANESH . MONICA TICHACEK
World to the Unseen showcases artists working with ideas of the microcosm and macrocosm. The exhibition delves into the notion of correspondence between the universe and man.