Erik Bünger, Soda_Jerk, Willoh S. Weiland (Aphids) and OtherFilm
Curated by Will Foster
Image: Erik Bünger, The Girl Who Never Was, video still, 2013.
Opening Thurs 22 Jan 2015 | 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: Fri 23 Jan 2015–Sun 15 Mar 2015
An exhibition that brings together three major trilogies existing as video installations, audio works, live performances and lecture performances. Showing for the first time in Australia, Swedish (berlin-based) artist and composer Erik Bünger, Sydney (New York-based) duo Soda_Jerk, and Melbourne-based Wiloh S. Weiland (Aphids). The trilogies delve into lived and recorded histories, science fiction and science fact, inner and outer space, and antique and current technologies. By sampling popular culture and working at the intersection of music, performance and film; the works presented in Trilogies connect and diverge in innumerable ways.
In response to the exhibition OtherFilm, a collective dedicated to expanded practice, address the presence of archive as both a source and subject of the three trilogies. OtherFilm will explore aspects of the lending collection from National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA).
In addition, a suite of Learning and Public Programs will run alongside the exhibition, including lecture performances, presentations, gallery tours and artist led workshops.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun | 11am-5pm
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Supported by Gordon Darling Foundation, Iaspis, Hobsons Bay City Council, MADA and Embassy Of Sweden
Lee Lai, Katie Parrish, Merv Heers and Sam Wallman
Image: Sam Wallman, Walking, pen on paper, 2014.
Opening Thurs 15 Jan 2015 | 6pm-8pm
Exhibition: Fri 16 Jan 2015-Sun 15 Mar 2015
Lee Lai, Katie Parrish, Merv Heers and Sam Wallman are queer cartoonists based in Melbourne. Their drawings explore notions of gender, sexuality, class, visibility, and the ways these things overlap. Using The Substation's front gallery space and the Transit Gallery Billboards, this exhibition will examine remnants of Gay Liberation, reflections on contemporary queer assimilation and resilience. The artists will mince along the cartoonist's fine line between subtlety and obviousness.
Lai's work interrogates ambiguities of sexuality, race and gender through the narrative of comics and cartooning. Creating drawings predominantly in ink and gouache, Lee uses portraiture as a platform for exploring both transient and established constructed identities. Her stories, while autobiographical, are also imagined, drawing on the notion that the fictional experiences can speak clearer than the truth.
Heer's practice examines themes of gender, sex, fear of death and the psychedelic experience through comics. Predominately using pen and ink, his work often resembles dreams and utilizes world building and stream of consciousness fiction to explore ideas. Merv's work often touches on futurism and the relationship between pop culture and capitalism.
Parrish's practice focuses on graphic narratives primarily concerned with mental illness, feminism and discomfort. With a background in contemporary art, many of her comics are heavily reliant on silence, pacing and metaphor. They exist within sparse landscapes, crowded bedrooms or mountain ranges, emphasising the stories desired tone by placing her characters in environments that reflect their internal state.
Wallman's drawings are concerned with the ways in which politics intersects with different layers of the lived experience. Using clean black lines, his work explores alternative versions of history, mutual autonomy and complications emerging from the late-Capitalist state. His work is a mix of traditional cartooning and an emergent style of comics-journalism.
Gallery Hours: Wed-Sun | 11am-5pm
Supported by Hobsons Bay City Council. Part of GoWest and Midsumma Festival 2015