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The Substation is one of Melbourne's few truly multi-arts venues and features a 260-seat performance space, rehearsal studio and the western suburb's largest gallery space.
FUTURE NOW TOUR
Punctum's White Space and ICU Galleries (Castlemaine) Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 11 September – Saturday 11 October
Opening Reception: Friday 12 September | 6.00pm – 8.00pm (all welcome)
Artist Talk: Friday 12 September | 2.00pm (FREE)
Punctum’s White Space and ICU Galleries
1 Halford Street, Castlemaine, VIC 3450
Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Artists: Daniel Belfield, Sarah Duyshart, Christina Hayes, Kenny Pittock, Dan Peter Petersen, Alex Purchase, Isabelle Sully
Since 2012 The Substation and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) have worked together to present Future Now, an annual award exhibition of VCA Honours graduates. Showcasing a range of artistic practice by seven of the newest talents in Melbourne’s contemporary art scene, Future Now tours regional Victoria, connecting artists and communities across the State.
Ahead of the State-wide tour, the exhibition premiered at The Substation (12 June – 6 July 2014). The seven artists, selected by The Substation’s visual art curator, presented new work throughout the centre's expansive gallery spaces – a significant opportunity to participate in one of Melbourne’s most dynamic contemporary art programs. The exhibition is now being restaged at three regional art spaces, allowing the artists to continue developing their work, and reshape the show in response to each venue.
Each of the selected artists demonstrate an engagement with current themes in contemporary art. Using strategies as varied as humour, movement, narrative, and spatial intervention, these artists are each finding ways to approach the world through their own, sometimes fictionalised, interpretations of experience, space and systems.
Daniel Belfield’s recent work in video and installation manipulates logic to create alternative systems of time. Poetic and laced with humour, his works draw attention to our attempts to rationalise and index time while highlighting the inherent absurdities and inaccuracies of this process.
Working site-responsively, Sarah Duyshart navigates architectural boundaries with her kinetic ‘spatial drawings’ of string and pulley systems. Developed from sketches and sound field recordings, Duyshart’s installations describe and refer to hidden and inaccessible spaces.
Christina Hayes’s paintings reflect her work as a theatre designer and her ongoing collaborative practice with The Sisters Hayes. Family drama and shared histories relating to place and identity weave their way into Hayes’s large-scale paintings that involve storytelling, play-acting and dress-ups.
Recently seen in ACCA’s NEW14, Kenny Pittock’s work engages with contemporary Australian life and culture through humour and sentimentality. His observational practice includes drawing, sculpture, installation and video, and focuses on common sites of everyday experience.
Dan Peter Petersen works with text, kinetic sculpture and appropriated imagery. His installations group semiotic references that form a personal interpretation of information – idealised versions of familiar things that attempt to dissolve the anxiety of problematic concepts.
Alex Purchase constructs architectural spaces that create convincing portals into alternate realities within the gallery space. With reference to theatre, cinema and virtual reality, her work explores the psychological effects of our built environments and the construction of atmosphere, acknowledging the interplay between fantasy and reality.
Isabelle Sully’s practice relies on the notion of transformations and often explores the translation between visual and verbal language. Her work in Future Now emerges from the memory of a lost artwork that is remade and reconfigured to fit the different sites of the exhibition tour.
The exhibition has previously shown at The Artery in Warrnambool, and will travel to Cowwarr Art Space, Gippsland, in the coming months.
Future Now is a Regional Training and Engagement project of the Faculty of VCA & MCM, funded by the State Government through Arts Victoria and delivered in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria.
Friday 31 October
Sunday 28 September
Wednesday 17 September - Monday 22 September
Thursday 28 August - Saturday 30 August 2014
Following a sell-out season at La Mama in 2013, Two Mortals returns with cheekiness, wit and wisdom for a fresh look at mortality.
Two Mortals was created from interviews with people who work and live with mortality everyday - an undertaker, a minister, a wills and estates lawyer, a cryogenicist, a carer, a palliative care nurse and a counsellor. This multi-character performance uses headphone verbatim technique, including pre-show interviews from the audience, unique to every performance. Come early and be part of the script!
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