Fixed Human Type: Nov 8th-24th
With performance nights - Fri Nov 8th and Fri Nov 22
Curated by Foolish Goat.
“That the trickster and the clown have become major metaphors for the artist in this century with its increasing self-consciousness of the creative process is no accident. They have been artists for a long time”
- Barbara Babcock, Anthropologist.
Fixed Human Type is a collection of live performance, installation and video using humour and absurdity to explore concepts of identity and stereotypes. The common perception of humour in society is generally that of entertainment but also presents itself, both intentionally and unintentionally and often with great profundity, within contemporary art. Comedy has the power to challenge conventions more freely than many other forms of creative communication, given its accessible nature, which is what we seek to make use of in Fixed Human Type.
Our title comes from research into comedic stock characters and formula for comedic writing within fiction and is a term that also alludes to broader perceptions and expectations of identity stereotypes in contemporary culture. Through bringing these artists together we seek to explore humour and its ability to simultaneously reinforce and challenge framework for understanding humanity. These firm and often unquestioned perceptions can be challenged with surprising and comedic results through performative art forms, expressing the fluidity, absurdity and complexity of human identity.
Fixed Human Type will showcase artists who approach art making with playfulness, irony and absurdity and who challenge the normal conventions of art making through physical expression and performance. These artists all make use of comedic styles, both directly and indirectly, to challenge, surprise and entertain their audiences. They explore a range of ideas, centered around questions of identity, the Abject, politics, ethics, ritual, the prevalence of modern self-help culture and contemporary society
Penelope Trotter, Oliver Hextall, Dylan Hammond, Melissa Delaney, Julian Williams, Karlee Sangster, David O’Halloran & Luke Hand.
Dylan Hammond, still from ‘You Can Improve Yourself,’ 2013.
Oliver Hextall, ‘Green Tea House suit,’ 1997.
Pop Up Art Tour Exhibition and Screening - Friday 18th October
This Friday, TSG hosts the final Pop Up Art Asia Exhibition, the last in a series of one-off international events throughout the year. Featuring several artists from the Pop Up Art Tour artist and curator Liam Shambrook held in China and Korea earlier in 2013, the night will also present a screening of a mini DIY documentary of the tour.
YangYang has battled the Chinese government visa application system in order to make it to this show.
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Yang Yang - Honghe, China
Joon Jeong - Seoul, Korea
Liam Shambrook - Melbourne, Australia
Kikle Che - Seoul, Korea
Robert Nilsson - Stockholm, Sweden
Jung Yim - Seoul, Korea
Josh Rizak - Regina, Canada
Aidan Jansen - Sydney, Australia
Chang Xiong - Dali, China
Martin Baxter - Melbourne, Australia
Yang TaiYu - RuiLi ,China
Jessica Muñoz - California, USA
PRINT CULT Opening September 27th
The story of the project
On September 27th, Print Cult will travel interstate to exhibit new work at Melbourne’s Top Shelf Gallery. There they will launch their first publication Print Cult • The Book, a profile of the seven artists and a substantial documentation of the collective’s artwork, practise and processes.
The 40-page catalogue of images will be accompanied by essays from artist peers and industry figures, as well as insightful information on printmaking processes, work-in-progress sketches, and a look behind the scenes into the group’s studio space; Tooth & Nail.
Designed by Adelaide independent publisher Stolen Projects, the book will be designed and produced with the same attention to detail as the artists give their own work. Each book will feature full colour images on beautiful Strathmore 118gsm Soft White Fine Paper and an individually screenprinted copper ink cover.
After the official launch the book will be sold online and through retail outlets, including Adelaide’s Tooth and Nail art store, and Melbourne’s Hungry Workshop. Later, copies will be donated to library collections across Australia.
About the Artists
Independent of the collective, the seven artists have also found success in their own right. Each are graduates from either Adelaide College of the Arts or UniSA School of Art, Architecture and Design. Since their study they have been acknowledged through scholarships, grants and industry recognition, as well as proving their own commitment through artist-run initiatives such as Tooth and Nail studio/gallery.
Links and References
Who Am I? Opening this Saturday, August 17th
Please come along and spread the word about this 2 week long event. ALL welcome! And if you have ever wanted to show a bit of support but didn’t know how, this is a fun way to support because the small entry fee goes to YGender events and voluntary run projects.
The YGender Committee anticipate that this will be an enjoyable and intriguing event. Every evening there will be: Art (hard copy and a slide show), Resources and Merchandise, Bean Bags, Board Games, Open Stage, and an ArtInstallation which all people can add to.
- Special opening night (Sat Aug 17th) which starts at 6pm compared to ever other night at 5pm, there will be a cake stall (vegan and gluten free available). There will also be Performances!
- Bailey’s Movie Night (Fri Aug 23rd at 7pm) for those M15+ and into Horror
- Child and Parent’s day (Sat Aug 24th), we welcome parents and children to this day in particular, to help you cross paths in order to meet each others families.
Feel free to email and ask questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Projectionists Launch: Sunday 11th August
Nick Doslov and Rob Jones (from Fitzroy’s Renaissance Bookbinders) are The Dr. Projectionists, exhibitors of live projected images using historic and new technologies. Layering created images, found and live material, they’ll also be showing off a selection of custom-made kinetic kaleidoscopes.
On the night expect an audio visual experience, with artists providing a soundtrack to, and becoming part of the installation.
So, please join us for an evening of live projections, music, storytelling and refreshments!
Sunday 11th August, 8pm
Top Shelf Gallery, 369 Lonsdale St (above Deans Art)