Beauty and the Breast

Bec Litvan

Space One 
11 - 28 Jan 2017

Opening Night Tuesday 10 January 2017, 5-7pm

This exhibition aims to glorify the aesthetics of disfigurement and bodily debilitation in response to the gendered societal shame typically imposed upon breast cancer sufferers. I combine the mediums of painting, sculpture, and photography to evoke the multiform (reflexive, interpersonal, public) marginalisation that’s experienced. The paintings take diptych images of my mother’s double mastectomy scarring and present them as abstracted landscapes whose linearity is illuminated against a voided background. The mastectomy bras replicate – and appropriate – images of graphically animated cancer cells. Finally, the photographs feature my mother modelling the cancer-cell mastectomy bras in high fashion poses.

Image: Bec Litvan, Scarred (1), 2016, acrylic on MDF, 120 x 120 cm

Collusive Miscellany

Amy Claire Mills and Bailey Lobb

Space Two
11 - 28 January 2017
Opening Night Tuesday 10 January 2017, 5-7pm

Collusive Miscellany is an exhibition of recent performance works by Amy Claire Mills and Bailee Lobb.

This exhibition marks the first time these existing works have been situated in conversation with each other within one gallery space. The installed fabrics were created during the duo’s speculative exploration of thermoplastic moulding – a technique that produces new volumes and forms in fabric by reshaping the polyester polymers through complex tying patterns and heat manipulation. As the resulting fabrics billow through the space the artists use their body’s to perform with, and continue to manipulate, the fabric and its surrounding space. As cloth rolls over skin and body the tactile experience started through the thermoplastic process continues and their body’s become, yet another, mechanism for understanding collaborative process.

Image: Amy Claire Mills and Bailee Lobb, 'Collusion' (detail), 2016. Performance and Installation with mixed media and lame. Dimensions and duration variable. Photograph by Amy Claire Mills, 2016.


Elegant Degradation

Akil Ahamat, Rachael Archibald, Grace Blake, Aston Creus, Claire Finneran, Aidan Koch, L/HT/T/TT, Richard Phillips, Jannah Quill and Stonehouse.
Curated by Finn Marchant and Nicholas Aloisio-Shearer

1 - 18 February 2017

Opening Night Tuesday 31 January 2017, 5-7pm

With much of contemporary culture in late capitalist societies now greatly consolidated by personal computing devices, our experience of the material is largely deferred in favour of more immediate, digital representations. 'Elegant Degradation' responds to this context, examining this disjuncture between the material and the digital and the anxiety that this gap engenders.

This exhibition brings together a selection of artists whose practices explore this space between the digital and the material, engaging with photographic representation, online relaxation, geopolitics and digital representations of space. 

Image: Richard Phillips, Stage (i), 2017, UV print on acrylic, digital print, 74 x 104cm.

Good Thanks, How Are You?

Siân Davies and Lily Golightly

Space One
22 February - 11 March 2017
Opening Night Tuesday 21 February 2017, 5-7pm

Good thanks, how are you? is an exhibition of works by Siân Davies and Lily Golightly.In this series, both artists are interested in the everyday and the ordinary. Seeing the potential in otherwise meaningless materials that they collect, playfulness is underscored by humour. They are interested in collecting, arranging, changing and adapting these materials into works that remain tentative and playful. They remain closely engaged, yet their practices remain separate. 

Sian’s minimal style, repetition and tentative combinations are a product of uncertainty and a questioning of the incessant requirement for artists to construct profound meaning. Lily collects lightweight, unassuming scraps and objects. She approaches these materials tenderly, as if she feels the need to take care of the things she has found. 

Image: Blueberries, 2016, Lily Golightly, blueberry container, tape, paper, dimensions variable.

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