Artist Index


Work Out - the works

William Seeto
Sardar Sinjawi,William Seeto

Sardar Sinjawi

Sardar Sinjawi

Katherine Scott

Linden Braye

Margaret Roberts

Terry Hayes
Photos:Margaret Roberts


Work Out opened last night

open till Sunday 13 November, Fri-Sun 11-5pm
Artists talks downstairs: Sat 5 Nov 3pm; upstairs Sun 13 Nov 3pm

Photos: Sardar Sinjawi


Work Out opens Friday 28 October 6-8pm

Open 11am - 5pm Friday - Saturday 29 October - 13 November

Artists' Talks: Saturday 5 November 3pm - Margaret Roberts, Terry Hayes 


Work Out shows the work of artists Linden Braye, Terry Hayes, Margaret Roberts, Sardar Sinjawi, Katherine Scott and William Seeto, whose work invites some combination of physical and mental engagement. 

To 'work out' suggests the two apparently different processes of solving a puzzle in the mind and exercising the body in space. Even though these are commonly thought of as different processes, there has also long been an interest in the inter-dependency of the mind and the body. Artists implicitly accept that inter-dependency when they employ a spatial vocabulary—whether virtual or actual—to test the mind. In philosophy, Merleau-Ponty discussed this inter-dependency in terms of relationships between perception and reflection, for example as he reflected in 1964:

Left to itself, perception forgets itself and is ignorant of its own accomplishments. Far from thinking that philosophy is a useless repetition of life I think, on the contrary, that without reflection life would probably dissipate itself in ignorance of itself or in chaos. But this does not mean that reflection should be  carried away with itself or pretend to be ignorant of its origins. By fleeing difficulties it would only fail in its task. (Maurice Merleau-Ponty, An Unpublished Text in The Primacy of Perception, trans James M. Edie, Northwestern University Press, 1964, p19)

The phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty was drawn on by artists in the mid 20th Century to explain their growing interest in extending their spatial language from the virtual space of images to the actual space of the body as well. The work shown in Work Out inherits and emphasises that interest by being puzzles that are resolved or explored by bodily moving around or from some other actual spatial engagement. The particular interest that each of these artists has in this area is outlined below.

In the past, Linden Braye would don the costume of a generalised animal, and, while her loyal dog Luna was alive, challenge Luna (as well as human audiences) to work out what she had become. Luna tried to do this by running around and barking. Since Luna has passed on, Linden has sometimes become birds, attempting to leap into the sky or search for scraps in the ground or  rubbish bins.
Linden Braye 2016
Terry Hayes  will work with aboutness, as in 'What is this artwork about?' once the (art) and the (ab) have been worked out.
Terry Hayes 2011
Margaret Roberts will show some of the geometric processes that Francesco Borromini is thought to have used to work out the footprints of his 17th century baroque churches, San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane and Sant'Ivo alla Sapienza. They will be shown as wall drawings with facility for visitors to physically move parts to work out how its thought the shapes were devised.
Margaret Roberts 2016

In his long-term project, After a Beam of Light, Sardar Sinjawi explores the formation of images via the simple interaction of people and objects in spaces also populated by transparent reflective surfaces. He does this by asking viewers to work out the disjunctions between what they see from a single spot and what they know by moving around. He arrived at this by experimenting with clear perspex and mirror to create objects that are illusory like holograms, but that are actually mental entities that viewers themselves create through the conjunction of reflection and their own spatial location. He gives viewers the opportunity to understand that it is they who create the illusory object, just as they can also undo it by moving behind the reflection to see the illusory object disappear.
Sardar Sinjawi 2016
In a different way, Katherine Scott also problematises the image, using projections that ask viewers to work out their formation and relationship to the images' likenesses in the space that is occupied by both image and viewer. 
Katherine Scott 2016
 William Seeto will show work that is a continuation from his project, The Space in Between that explores the transformations produced by simple physical processes such as folding/unfolding/extension and that asks viewers to work out how those changes come about.
William Seeto 2016


Josie and Leon talk about '...and the earth sighed' - 3pm Saturday 22 October

Please join us on Saturday afternoon when Josephine Starrs and Leon Cmielewski will discuss their shared practice and their project ‘and the earth sighed’ which closes at Articulate this Sunday.


Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski's 'and the earth sighed' opens Friday 7 October

and the earth sighed 
Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski

Opening 6-8pm Friday 7 October 2016
Open 11am - 5pm  Friday - Sunday  8 - 23 October 2016 
Artists' talk 3pm  Saturday 22 October 2016

and the earth sighed re-imagines the relationship between nature and culture by presenting aerial views of Australian landscapes and waterways dynamically manipulated in ways that reveal their underlying fragility. This immersive video and sound environment encourages reflection on our relationship to nature and technology.

The camera drifts across degraded landscapes and rolling sand hills, seeking out the fragile interfaces, the edges, between lands lost to the desert and land fending off the relentless encroachment of sand and fire.

The moving landscapes are sometimes embedded with symbols and text.  The intention is to configure the land as active and to imagine it being able to speak and make comment about human impacts upon it. We worked with Alex Davies to create an ambient soundscape that fosters engagement and contemplation about the impact of climate change on natural ecologies.

This project has been supported by a Creative Australia development grant from the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts program.
Audio design: Alex Davies

Thanks to:
Julianne Pierce
Marko Peljhan, C-Astral Aerospace Slovenia, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia
Mike Manning, Synergy Positioning Systems NZ
Professor Ann Henderson-Sellers
Performance Space, Sydney
Creative Practice Lab team at the Io Myers Studio, UNSW
The Australian Marine Conservation Society for use of Dean Miller footage

Leon Cmielewski is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, Western Sydney University.