The past is easy
Steve Cox, Jennifer Mills & James Morrison
Curated by Julia Powles
Steve Cox ‘Project # 4 - The girl with stiff plaits’, digital image 2013’
The past is easy is focused around the irretrievable loss of a photographic archive. Although the archive was in many ways small and insignificant and was without clear or structured methodology to define its collection it was nevertheless designed to function as the trigger for a range of memories and associations.
The lost photographs documented in an ad hoc fashion the childhood and early life of a woman. Despite her devastation at losing the archive and the strong emotional attachment she had to it, she actually found it hard to recall more than 10 of the lost photographs.
Based on descriptors of the missing photographs, as remembered, by the woman who once owned them Steve Cox, Jennifer Mills and James Morrison have remade new versions of the events recorded by these now lost images.
Steve Cox, Jennifer Mills and James Morrison are Melbourne based artists. Julia Powles is a Melbourne based artist and curator.
Jennifer Mills and James Morrison are represented by Darren Knight Gallery.
The Future Is Long Enough For It All To Come True.
In stillness and silence the objects sit the show; covered by light or darkness they stand confronted with their own inanimate reflections. Both the projection and the physical form duel for a debatable presence of actuality amid the gaze of the spectator and the emptiness of the after hours.
The objects presented in this exhibition seek to develop an opportunity to gain a sense of personality by extending to you the offer of a relationship with a bittersweet depiction of artistic trends from the past and present along with references to the outsider and the amateur.
The work looks at the role of an object in trying to achieve status, monetary value and ultimately a lasting sense of meaning. These objects display themselves in a way that aims to critique the more familiar modes of presentation by reconfiguring the salon hang and the role of the plinth in showcasing an object.
Born on the 1st of October 1988, Lewis Fidock is an emerging artist currently residing and working in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Lewis is studying Sculpture & Spatial Practice (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) (2013) and in 2012 he was the recipient of both the Majlis Encouragement Award and the Fiona Myer Award.
On view in the Side Gallery will be simply_sweet28, a video projection of a woman in a wedding dress dancing to her webcam. The woman impersonates a medley of gendered and racial stereotypes which are distorted through the lens of disposable imagery and memes from the internet.
Espousing a rough home-video aesthetic through cheap digital FX and low budget staging, simply_sweet28 invites viewers to examine the internet as a site between the imaginary and the real and to question the authenticity of its representations.
Marianne Diaz re-stages cultural cliches and stereotypes through imagined scenarios and quasi-narratives.
Her work uses literalism to frame the absurdity of stereotypes by referencing conventions of humour, hyperreality and performance. Through video and altered object , Marianne seeks to ascribe a sense of the ‘fake’ to all materiality and its representations.
’ An RMIT Link Arts & Culture supported presentation’