PAST EXHIBITIONS . 2018
9 June - 8 July 2018
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral
Melbourne-based artist MARK RODDA creates both abstract and figurative paintings. This work often features combinations of both painterly and geometric forms, and more recently incorporating thick impasto paint to form shallow 3D/relief elements within the composition. RODDA’s figurative paintings usually take the form of romantic or magical landscapes – fabricated worlds, often uninhabited, sometimes stages for interactions between people, animals, or enchanted entities.
Alignment: Chaotic Neutral explores the classic role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, its layered narratives and the moral choices and personalities of the many characters within it. Examining the grand scheme of his exhibition experience and oeuvre, RODDA sees himself in this context more as an actor, or the director of a movie, as opposed to someone who is exposing their true soul. Some of his exhibitions are clean and neat, some are brash, some subtle. Chaotic neutral is the theme for this group of paintings in which RODDA has decided that "WHIM IS KING” whilst using 'neutrality' to signify that he doesn’t have, and has never had, any inclination to teach any moral, social, scientific, or philosophical lessons to the viewer.
Visibility, or the lack of it, is key to WOOD’s ongoing engagement with landscape. Rather than a descriptive outline of the places Wood frequents, he encourages a more ambiguous reading and seeks an emotional response to his paintings. Hence, the landscape is purposely obscured and often further abstracted by mist suspended somewhere between imagination and location.
For Misty Morning GREG WOOD has sourced imagery from traversing Victorian landscapes from gardens and parklands in Melbourne to more regional locations where the boundaries between public and private space merge. These morning meanderings have facilitated this new body of work, where diffused light and flattened forms suggest a human presence. Figurative forms may appear but their intention is unknown as fog-like shapes float in and out of focus and reside in imaginative spaces of the canvas. Landscapes are narrow in field and intimate in their atmosphere, depicting a dense fog that creates hidden pathways and secret clearings. The works act as a journey and invites the viewer to find their own place within the canvas.
Resisting the urge to depict the picturesque, GREG WOOD’s Misty Morning has engaged a process of making and interpreting paint in reverse, where details gleaned from field trips are mapped out on canvas to be further dissolved.
Illustrator LUCY FAHEY's work Being Buoyant features an animation that has been developed from of a series of illustrations Fahey made for an ABC News story documenting journalist Britta Jorgensen’s experience of caring for her father who has Parkinson’s disease. Britta describes in the story how her dad’s disease has isolated her parents:
It's like their whole world has been caught in a rip, and mum won't let go of dad, so they've been pulled out together.
The image FAHEY made for Britta’s story was of two figures cast out to sea. It’s unclear in the image as to whether the figures are in struggle or peacefully floating, but it’s a decidedly melancholy picture. The image Britta’s words conjured resonated strongly with FAHEY. In the months after she lost her own father to illness last year, LUCY FAHEY took refuge in the sea, swimming and surfing - being immersed in the water felt therapeutic. This animated version of the original illustration shows a lone figure floating, with life of all kinds moving around it. The two versions tell a narrative of illness and grief and eventual relief.
12 May - 3 June 2018
The Space Between
curated by Romani Benjamin
HANNAH BERTRAM . SARAH ANNE COX . SIMON DOW . MORGAN HICKINBOTHAM . AKIKO NAGINO . SIMON PERICICH
Opening event featured two performances from 4:40pm: Morgan Hickinbotham featuring Gemma Tomlinson & Chiara Anderson (30min) and Simon Dow - Glitch 1 (30min)
Glitch 2, an extended performance by Simon Dow took place on Saturday 2 June, 4pm (1hr)
Simon Pericich was represented by [MARS] Gallery
14 April - 6 May 2018
Stockroom hosted Meagan Streader and Chee Yong as part of the Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial program alongside eight other artists who exhibited work in unusual indoor and outdoor sites across Kyneton.
An end to approachable space
Meagan Streader’s work pushes the limits of light within sculpture and installation. The Melbourne-based artist manipulates, reinterprets and extends upon the boundaries of constructed spaces. Through site-specific interventions, Streader’s multidimensional use of light re-orientates the viewer’s relationship to the pre-existing architecture and scale of a given space. In this way, Streader’s work reveals the pervasive role of light in governing physical and social navigations of fabricated spaces.
An end to approachable space presented works that acknowledge, prohibit or re-evaluate the physical gallery space and one’s movements within it. Responding to three-dimensional space and architecture, Streader used line and light within sculpture and installation to communicate distinctions between existing spatial elements and physical experience.
Chee Yong is a Tasmanian-based interdisciplinary visual artist currently interested in the ambiguities of mark making in abstract and representative paintings.
In Ghosts, his series of miniature paintings for KCAT 2018 and Stockroom, Yong presented past histories, self-identity and philosophy in recent social contexts with formal austerity and the economy of marks.
10 March - 8 April 2018
“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.
10 February - 4 March 2018
Defending the Nest
a solo show by painter BRAD RUSBRIDGE evoking familiarity and the comfort of home with the rose-tinted nostalgia of youth. RUSBRIDGE's works explore the clutter of a parents’ garage, his mother’s ever-evolving archive of wrapping paper, a brother’s colouring in completion win which used random colours instead of the traditional blue-for-sky, green-for-grass approach, and the ubiquity of wood veneer loungerooms and feather-dustable surfaces cluttered with bric-a-brac.
a solo exhibition by Melbourne-based multimedia artist JIMMY LANGER transfers digital images into physical space, creating an expression of undulating movement and freedom. LANGER breaks down digital images to their base pixel components; exploring the concepts of time and space though the colours and patterns that result from this formulised process.
in the deceptively small Project Space comes an expansive experience, FRAGMENTS by emerging young artist ALEX WALKER. Recently one of the featured artists in Mixed Tape 2018, WALKER is a recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts with a growing strength in photographic art. She has been a finalist for several awards and received the Lowenstein’s Arts Management Award upon graduating her Honours year. In FRAGMENTS, WALKER explores perception and perspective as a window into a new and alternate reality.
13 January - 28 January 2018
Mixed Tape 2018
JAMES CAREY . ADAM CUSACK . ANN HOLT . JIMMY LANGER . JESSICA LEDWICH . JOANNE MOTT . BECC ORSZAG . MARK RODDA . ROBBIE ROWLANDS . BRAD RUSBRIDGE . JASMINE TARGETT . ALEX WALKER . IRENE WELLM . GREG WOOD
Mixed Tape 2018 offers a diverse selection of works by a number of artists featured in the 2018 exhibition schedule at Stockroom. Mixed Tape 2018 artists present approached including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, assemblage and photography.
I AM THE GODDESS
I AM THE GODDESS was an installation by South American-born artist PAULINA HUPE. This work spans various mediums including photography, sculpture and performance. I AM THE GODDESS explores female archetypes, the womb and nature's cycles.