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.
Tuesday 2 December (Preview)
Wednesday 3 December - Tuesday 9 December
By Shannon Bott, Nat Cursio, Simon Ellis and collaborators.
There are two women
Natalie and Shannon
There were others
They are gone
This is what remains
Recovery is dance, ceremony, gathering and living.
Choreography and Direction: Shannon Bott, Nat Cursio and Simon Ellis
Performance: Shannon Bott and Nat Cursio
Sound: Byron Scullin
Light: Ben Cobham (Bluebottle)
Contributors to research: Pete Brundle, Fiona Bryant, Vanessa Chapple, Ben Cisterne and Paula Levis
Dress: Please wear black
Time: 8.30pm (approximate running time: 60 mins), no interval
Ticket Info: Full $25 | Concession $20 | With Love $40 (includes $15 supporting Recovery artists) | All Preview Tickets $20
This project has been supported by The Substation through their artist residency program.
Earlier phases of research were supported by The Besen Family Foundation, Arts House, Arts Victoria, The Australia Council for the Arts and Dancehouse.
Image Credit: Kirsty Argyle
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