Artist Index



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Artsider is open 11am-5pm Friday-Sunday till 27 July. 

Dorit Goldman

Dorit Goldman - Once u have seen oz why would u go back to Kansas

Veronica Habib (showing ArticulateUpstairs)

Melissa Maree - Photo: Liam Kesteven

Conversation between Melissa Maree and Margaret Roberts about Artsider at Articulate project space: 25 July 2014.

MR: Was it you who had the motivation to make Artsider a progressive changing project?

MM: The idea came from a collab work with Dorit at Syndey College of the Arts. We occupied a bare, empty wall outside the auditorium, subject to the public at SCA. Both of us discussed placing an artwork on this wall in response to one another, as a dialogue. Intuitively, this visual dialogue involved overtime but with our own everyday lives pulling us in other directions the time between placing more work/replacing work from the wall got wider. It was at this point the process driven project dissipated and became a static, artefactual objects on a exhibition wall.

So I thought it would be really great to have time in a space where artists were constantly making and producing work that is ephermal and transient, with a focus on practice and process over end-means. Dorit and myself work in a similar intuitive manner and were interested in the everydayness of artists physically using space – public and private – to make their artworks.

MR: Does that mean you are not interested in making a set of rules for yourself in advance but making artwork that simply passes the time in a public space?

MM: Yes and no. There is still a kind of structure, because Artsider occurs within a daily work time 9-5 period. We as artist already create formal rules for ourselves, limitations on what we choose to use as materials. So Dorit and myself limit the 'rules' to just formal organizations, such as when we worked on the auditorium wall at uni – we stuck to works being placed in horizontal line. I think the more rules there are the more the process is set out to fail. The only real rule is the everydayness of practice.


Janine Bailey

Conversation between Janine Bailey and Margaret Roberts, 20 July 2014:

MR Can you start by talking about why are you interested in coming in and using the space as a project space to work in, and how has that come out of your art practice - is it a new way of working for you?

JB It is new to me to work in a professional gallery, just to have free range in a space this big, just having the room to lay out a large piece of plastic, having professional lighting, being able to stand back from the work. I did bring in things I made in the last few months that kick-started the process here and I have used that to inspire my work over thesse last couple of days, especially the GPS tracking.

Tell me about the GPS tracking.

I started working with GPS tracking last year when I was paddling in Sydney Harbour, and also walking, aIl generating lots of drawing. I did it for months and months everyday, and from them I made prints.  They are very organic shapes as you can see on the large paper. But I started very small scale and worked up to those very large pieces. It was really challenging.

And the most recent way of using the GPS was to go to the 19th biennale. I went to the 5 sites and tracked myself walking around— Carriageworks, MCA, AGNSW, Artspace and Cockatoo Island. And from those drawings I decided I would make paper sculptures. I don't know where that came from. I had some paper left over from a print edition that I had done.  I had some nice black, quite matt, 230 gsm paper and it just dawned on me that I should cut the shapes out of the paper, and then I made that first sculpture there—the black one hanging is made of 5 separate shapes and I put them together and I realised that everyday I could dis-assemble and re-assemble it and make a new sculpture.

And from there on I went onto make the bigger one which was quite time consuming but I actually really liked that and I ran out of that paper and tried to purchase some more but found that I liked this polypropolene transparent plastic that is similar to the paper but its more robust. Then yesterday, in the gallery, I used my app on the phone to do my GPS tracking and started at 3 different points in the gallery and made 3 different drawings. Then I made 3 different sculptures from those, and instead of hanging them on the wall I made shapes with them and put them on the floor.