CURTAIN CALL: 1000 2000s SOAP brings together works by artists who have previously exhibited at BLINDSIDE:
Aly Aitken, David Akenson, Santina Amato, Rachel Ang, Jessie Angwin, Beth Arnold, Nick Ashby, Eleanor Avery, James Avery, Jill Barker, Selina Braine, Merric Brettle, Kiera Brew Kurec, Michele Burder, Ben Byrne, Kate Cotching, Bridget Currie, Anna Daly, Jared Davis, Julia Davis, Clare Humphries, Zoe De Luca, Rehgan De Mather, Kim Demuth, Hazel Dooney, Daniel Dorall, Craig Easton, Kel Glaister, Katya Grokhovsky, Michelle Hamer, Jim Hart, PJ Hickman, Stephanie Hicks, Joyce Huang, Amanda Johnson, Lisa Jones, Dena Kahan, Helen Kelly, Anusha Kenny, Susan Lincoln, Michael Lindeman, Natalya Maller, Amy Marjoram, Jessica McElhinney, Pamela See, Julie-Anne Milinski, David Mutch, Kirsten Perry, Debra Porch, Clare Rae, Steven Rendall, Mandy Ridley, Dunja Rmandic, Susan Robb, Giles Ryder, Elizabeth Shaw, Tai Snaith, Lisa Stewart, Andrew Tetzlaff, Jade Venus, Paul White, Jordan Wood, Sary Zananiri.
1000 2000s SOAP uses the curatorial position to examine the role of the artist in relation to the gallery and the channels of exchange between artist and institution.
Using a ‘call and response’ method of curation, SOAP contacted all artists who exhibited at BLINDSIDE in the years 2004-2009, inviting them to participate in CURTAIN CALL. Being the first 5 years of operation for BLINDSIDE this period was selected by SOAP out of a curiosity to consider the shifts brought about with the new millennium, in relation to the politics of artistic production and participation.
The ‘call and response’ method addresses the challenges of working artists in Australia: the networks formed inside and outside the internet, the scarcity of cheap gallery space and the sparse public and private funds to remunerate artists.
SOAP’s curatorial premise brings this exhibition as a form of a democratic collective action. Artists’ diverse but complementary responses range from concepts commenting on art and language, economy of space and time, to visibility, identity politics, individualism and isolation in the digital age.
Opening Night | Thursday 8 December, 6–8pm
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SOAP (State of Art Platform) is a collective of artists and writers founded in early 2015, with members contributing from Melbourne and internationally. In the last two years SOAP have been working to create a platform for discussion between artists, researchers, experts and writers in the public domain. SOAP aims to challenge the position of the artwork, questioning existing art platforms and the systems in place which surround the gallery environment. SOAP brings a fluid set of propositions with each assertion to engage social and political current affairs and the current state of art, broadening the possibilities for the intersection of image and language across disciplines.