'The Twee and the Dead' curated by Shelley Forget, Feb 7
The Twee and the Dead is a collective show featuring exciting new art works by artists Shelley Forget, Ben Stephens, CJ Krause, Karen S. Kalice, Rowan Williams,Alana Smith and Joel Hammonds. Their works are inspired by cassette tapes, Morrissey lyrics, tattoos & skulls, monsters, horror movies and pop culture.
Paper, canvas, peg board, wood, T-shirts, skulls, op-shop paintings - all will be covered in paint, ink, and string & neon.
The show will run from February 7 to the 28, 2014.
The opening will be on Friday February 7th from 6-9pm.
(Poster design by Rowan Williams and tape sculpture by Shelley Forget, 2014)
TSG 2014 Premieres with Peter Savieri’s ‘Thank You For Your Time’
New sculpted works by Peter Savieri
Opening: Wednesday 15th January, 6-8pm
Showing til Saturday 1st February
This new work fictionalises biography through future-traditional statuary - with projections by Brendan Harwood and music from tomorrow by Mandek Penha.
Art’s power to immortalise the transient and establish continuity in chaos, especially when viewed in retrospect, lends concept and narrative to portraiture. It’s not what is but what will be masquerading as what was.
A series of sculpted self portraits from childhood through young manhood, then entering the realm of prediction, and fiction, by morphing into late middle age and extreme old age. I was a very old man when I sculpted the final bust. Come along, raise your glass and remember me.
Kym Maxwell’s ‘GOODWILL: Memoirs of Yard Play’
Kym Maxwell’s exhibition and publication Goodwill: Memoirs of Yard Play is a culmination of this years participatory arts project, outcomes and research titled GOODWILL. The project explored notions of play in public space through the use of a toy kit that assisted participants to evoke memoirs of play. More broadly the research looks at the societal drive towards mannered play in public and the ensuing legislation’s that capitalises on risk adversity, questioning is impacts upon the building of adult character.
The exhibition is a series of life-sized, up-scaled tableaus, photo collages and text artworks that reveals the multi viewpoints of hierarchies, values and societal beliefs delivered via the model.
Exhibition Hours: December 5th - 15th
Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 12pm - 4pm
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.
Feel free to share this with your friend’s if you think they’d be interested in good times, new art and free soju punch!
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.