1.2.15

FERAL 4 OPEN TODAY TILL 5PM

and FERAL 5 begins installing tomorrow for final FERAL opening on Friday 6 February.



Helen L Sturgess, Phaptawan Suwannakudt 
video
Veronica Habib
FERAL 4

Ambrose Reisch (photo by Glenn Locklee)

Sue Callanan, Jeff Wood
video
Jeff Wood
video

video
Melissa Maree
Jeff Wood, Richard Dunn, Melissa Maree  

Richard Dunn, Kate Mackay

Judith Torzillo, Jannah Quill, Melissa Jane Palmer,
Sarah Fitzgerald, Kate Mackay
Melissa Jane Palmer, Sarah Fitzgerald, Katya Petetskaya
Dominic Byrne, Helen M Sturgess, Melissa Jane Palmer
Andrew Christie, Yoshi Takahashi
Foreground-back: Kathryn Ryan, Helen L Sturgess, Elizabeth Rankin, 

Kathryn Ryan
see photos by Glenn Locklee on facebook

FERAL 4 ROOMSHEET

26.1.15

FERAL4 OPENS FRIDAY 30 JANUARY 6-8pm

FERAL4 ROOMSHEET

Artists in FERAL4 are Dominic Byrne, Sue Callanan, Andrew Christie, Richard Dunn, Sarah Fitzgerald, Aude Fondard, Veronica HabibRichard Kean, Kate Mackay, Melissa Maree,  Christine Myerscough, Melissa Jane Palmer, Katya Petetskaya, Jannah Quill, Elizabeth Rankin, Ambrose  Reisch, Kathryn Ryan, Helen L Sturgess, Helen M Sturgess, Yoshi Takahashi, Phaptawan Suwannakudt, Judith Torzillo and Jeff Wood.

FERAL is a progressive, overlapping exhibition program of over 60 artists that will be open Friday - Sunday 11-5pm between 9 January - 8 February 2015. Its five opening events are Fridays 9, 16, 23 + 30 January and 6 February at 6-8pm, each of which will show the work of a different combination of about twenty artists. 
FERAL is designed for artists to experiment with installation or location of artwork in an architectural space that is already altered by the earlier installation of other artists' work, and which will be altered again when another group replaces that earlier installation. The FERAL project is part of the broader Articulate interest in the relationships artworks form with their locations. It does this by focusing in particular on the contribution that the changing installations of artwork make to the constitution of a site.


Phaptawan Suwannakudt  There, There 2014  
When Phaptawan’s mother lost her memory,

she started talking in the Lanna dialect

of her childhood. Phaptawan sculpted the head
of her mother from the memory of the time
when her mother was a nun. The scattered
fabric masks are placed together and filled
with produce from local market.
(Funded by Asialink Art Residency Program
2014 at Ne’-Na Contemporary Art Space,
Chiengmai funded by Arts NSW)
Dominic Byrne
http://www.dominicbyrne.net/
Elizabeth Rankin
Yoshi Takahashi
yoshitakahashi.com
Jeff Wood
Kate Mackay 2014
http://kate-mackay.blogspot.com.au/
Melissa Jane Palmer
Sarah Fitzgerald Arch 2015
Richard Dunn Untitled #1-6 2014 (detail)
Kathryn Ryan |Three collections for Articulate (2015)
http://piecesofpractice.blogspot.com.au/ 
Aude Fondard

25.1.15

FERAL3 works

Text on FERAL3 by Lisa Sharp

Elena Tory-Henderson, Jannah Quill, Sue Callanan
Elena Tory-Henderson, Christine Myerscough

Ambrose Reisch, Martin Langthorne

Ambrose Reisch

Veronica Habib, Justine Holt
Nicole Ellis, Katya Peteskaya
Helen L Sturgess, Nicole Ellis
Veronica Habib, Helen L Sturgess
Judith Torzillo, Martin Langthorne
Tim Corne, Martin Langthorne 
Elena Tory-Henderson, Helen M Sturgess,
 Katya Peteskaya, Jannah Quill
Helen L Sturgess, Rachel McCallum, Julian Woods,
 Nicole Ellis, Katya Petetskaya

Richard Kean, Katya Petetskaya
Andrew Christie
Andrew Christie. Rachel McCallum, Nicole Ellis, Helen L Sturgess

Helen L Sturgess, Julian Woods, Nicole Ellis


Melissa Maree also writes about FERAL3:

What is Doubling?
The Surrealist notion of 'Doubling' is a technique used to fracture and destabilize an object/image. The uncanny shudder felt from duplication also draws on a crisis of identity of divisions of the self (Unconscious/conscious and/or binary of reality/illusion).

A sense of humour is found in Veronica Habib's 'I Love What You Have Done With Your Hair, Underwear Brief, G-String and Dress' which strongly inspired the bridged link between 'Doubling'. After conversation and consideration of Habib's choice of materials and ideas (clothing/hair and warping of the familiar codes/perceptions of body image/sexuality), I saw a strong link in my manipulation of Mcdonalds Uniforms. The cutting of the uniforms served to create holes to acknowledge the space outside of the uniform – that is left open to audience interpretation.  


Doubling uses the pseudonym of Veronica Habib to show the value of collaborative authorship and the importance of acknowledging fellow artists in process-based projects. This acknowledgement involves speaking with artists in process-based projects in a means of verbal and non-verbal language. After much discussion with Habib I asked her if I could use her name as alias.

The idea of assuming an alias came from the 'Doubling' of Helen L Sturgess and Helen M Sturgess, two artists with the exact same first and last name who were placed in Feral 3's project week. The blurry lines between who was who, I felt created a unintended collaborative authorship. Extending on this idea the pseudonym opens up discussion for collaborative authorship, and visibility and invisibility of the artist in an artwork.  read more





24.1.15

LISA SHARP WRITES ON FERAL3


A progressive and overlapping show in which groups of artists come and go, overlap and then replace each other in a series of generational occupations of this unique architectural space on Parramatta Rd in Leichardt. One of the curatorial ideas brought out in the show is encapsulated in its whimsical titling – it is ‘feral’ as it arises out of a similarity in pronunciation with ‘fair isle’ – a type of cosy Scottish knitting (and the title of the 2014 show). So, like a wolf in a hand knitted vest, many of the artists interrogate the tension between a transgressive or surprising element clothed within a familiar domesticity, resulting in works that meld these dualistic Feral/Fair Isle tendencies, using a wide range of media and spatial approaches.

Starting in the middle with FERAL 3. At last Friday’s opening night a crowd had spilled onto the pavement, but pushing in through the heat and crowd runs you right in to a confrontation with Veronica Habib’s work, I Love What You Have Done With Your Hair consisting of suspended female underwear. In a reversal of expectation, the lingerie wears hair – long, strands of unruly human hair – emerging from places on the female body it is usually banished from social sight. It is an elegant statement that raises issues of social expectation, hygiene, taboo and conformity, underlied by a sense of wry fragility and humour. Veronica talked about adding more hair as the show progressed. A keen sense of ironic commentary also underpins a second work in the show, Doubling in which Veronica Habib is used as a pseudonym by another artist, Melissa Maree. Circular holes are carefully cut out from two ‘doubled’ McDonalds-issued work shirts and the cutout circle forms appear, confetti-like on the floor beneath. The circle as symbol of repetition and routine suggests the serial monotony of menial work. Mel explains, “the cutting of the uniforms served to create holes to acknowledge the space outside of the uniform”.[i]

Undulating on the floor beyond is Sue Callanan’s work, In the space of a breath: device for circulating air. This piece is activated by its occupation as performance by the artist during Friday opening nights. The ducting is, again, a familiar form whose function is transformed. Insinuating herself within the confined ducting, Sue’s body movements within cause the green, shiny form to pulse and undulate in a slow organic dance that is quite mesmerising – particularly when viewed from above. The moving form evokes the interactions of human activity within built space.

Nicole Ellis’ works, Soft Pole and Night Work, call to mind the effect of abstract geometric paintings. A black square on a white wall, a series of vertical poles, spilling forms of saturated colour and geometric pattern. There is no flatness here though. The materials anchor her work in the contemporary – meticulously arrayed yet familiar from the supermarket aisle, these fabric strips atop wooden poles poised in equilibrium against a wall could reference microfibre mops and a potential analogy for action painting.

Marta Ferracin exhibited in the Feral 2 show, and her works also have this quality, of enshrining the domestic. In Domestic totem brightly coloured scouring pads placed on white gallery walls are reconfigured three-dimensional paintings. In a keen attentiveness to the space of the gallery site they are also seen between stair treads, curiously animating the physical flow of the show as well as the space of the site. In another engagement the scourer pads take on the energy of animated character vigorously engaging with another artist’s work.

This leads to another element to the exhibition – its call for experimental responsiveness to site as well as toward other participants. 497 Parramatta Rd Leichardt had a previous life as a smash repair workshop. Within the gridded trusses, exposed beams and elongated ex-mechanic’s space artworks nestle, hang, project and declare themselves in relation to the structurally defined interior.

Helen L Sturgess has a suspended work consisting of cascading flesh pink tulle, which utilises the verticality of the double storey drop to dramatically insert this delicate, feminine fabric and its distinctly bridal connotations into the brutal brick and concrete gallery space.  The material contrasts between pink tulle, Mel’s holey McDonalds shirts, and Nicole’s re-contextualized striped fabric also allude to a feminist dialogue activating the multiple and loaded meanings of materials.

The colour blue as a saturated screen-blue, derived by digital projection rather than pigment is an ephemeral yet the memorable aspect of Jannah Quill’s work, Virtual Bricks: Amplification of a Blue Space x 4. Its blue rectangular virtual form hovers just above floor level, close to the tangle of wires that feed it. Jannah talked about choosing this low position deliberately as it is at once a frustration of the traditional hang as well as an emphasis on its connections.

Glimpsed from below Julian Woods’ video work, Spirit: Life through Breath is fragmented by the triangular interstices of the exposed roof trusses. The slow, rhythmic expansion and contraction of the black and white balloon-like image is timed to the exhalation of our own breath in a curious episode of self-awareness of oneself as a viewer in the state of viewing. Bianca Burns’ abstract painting Spatial Study No.2 includes a tilted plane which projects into the gallery space however the placement of the work with its restrained palette within the site enables a new space to be activated in which architectural features echo the edge of the canvas and the painted linearity within.

FERAL 3 Opened last night

and closes at 5pm, Sunday 24 January, after which half these works will be removed and another 10 or so installed for FERAL4 which will open on Friday 30 January. 




Above photos: William Seeto
video
 image Sue Callanan; non-voice sound: Jannah Quill


18.1.15

FERAL 3 opens Friday 23 January at 6-8pm

ROOMSHEET

Artists in FERAL 3 are  Bianca Burns, Sue Callanan, Andrew Christie, Timothy Corne, Nicole Ellis, Veronica Habib, Justine Holt, Richard Kean, Blaide Lallemand, Martin Langthorne, Melissa Maree, Rachel McCallum, Christine Myerscough, Katya Petetskaya, Jannah Quill, Ambrose  Reisch, Helen L Sturgess, Helen M Sturgess, Elena Tory-Henderson, Judith Torzillo, Allen Alain Viguier and Julian Woods.


FERAL is a progressive, overlapping exhibition program of over 60 artists that will be open Friday - Sunday 11-5pm between 9 January - 8 February 2015. Its five opening events are Fridays 9, 16, 23 + 30 January and 6 February at 6-8pm, each of which will show the work of a different combination of about twenty artists.

FERAL is designed for artists to experiment with installation or location of artwork in an architectural space that is already altered by the earlier installation of other artists' work, and which will be altered again when another group replaces that earlier installation. 


The FERAL project is part of the broader Articulate interest in the relationships artworks form with their locations. It does this by focusing in particular on the contribution that the changing installations of artwork make to the constitution of a site.


Jannah Quill 2015
Christine Myerscough SPLICE 2014 
Richard Kean Aural Labyrinth 2012
Melissa Maree 2014
Andrew Christie Game of Agony 2014
Ambrose Reisch Recall 2015
Katya Petesakaya L:Cycles of a full breath 2015; R: Clock count down 2015 
Sue Callanan 2015
Helen L Sturgess 2015
Veronica Habib video still 2013