THE MEDIUM IS PUBLIC
6 - 23 Mar 2019
Opening Night | Thursday 7 Mar, 6pm–8pm
Fresh and Fruity (Mya Morrison Middleton (Ngāi Tahu), Hana Pera Aoake (Tainui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Wehi Wehi), Paula Hunt, Steven Rhall, Georgia Robenstone, Ella Sowinska
The medium is public examines the embedded histories and structures of public space in its most utopian form, the public square, while considering more speculative notions of what public space is or could be in our collective consciousness.
The exhibition questions the accessibility of this public ‘zone’; the potential for individual and collective participation; and asks by engaging with physical and conceptual manifestations of public space, what are the implications for the artwork, the artist and the audience.
CURATOR | Alyce Neal
Fresh and Fruity (Mya Morrison Middleton (Ngāi Tahu), Hana Pera Aoake (Tainui, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Wehi Wehi) are an indigenous collective based in Aotearoa. Hobbies include: sharks, fitness and disengaging with Pākehā vampires.
Paula Hunt is a multidisciplinary artist, who for several years has been concerned with the stadium, specifically the things that happen there. Hunt focuses on two key questions in this area of research, how events in this arena are remembered and what they might disclose. Hunt recently completed a Master of Fine Art, Monash University 2018, and has exhibited at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Bus Projects, Counihan Gallery, Kings ARI, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Testing Grounds, George Paton Gallery, and as part of the Incinerator Billboard Project in Niddrie. Hunt lives and works in Melbourne.
Steven Rhall is a post-conceptual artist operating from a First Nation, white-passing, cis-male, position. Rhall's interdisciplinary practice responds to the intersection of First Nation art practice and the Western art canon. He interrogates modes of representation, classification and hierarchy using installation, performance, process-led methodologies, 'curatorial' projects and sculpture via public and private interventions. Rhall exhibits locally and internationally, lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts, is a PhD candidate at Monash University and lives in Narrm (Melbourne).
Georgia Robenstone is an artist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. The general focus of her research is the following question: can a position that is overlooked be reclaimed as a site of power? Her work is the result of this examination and predominantly takes the form of video, performance and text.
Robenstone has exhibited widely in Australia, and in the Netherlands while living there in 2012-13. Recent exhibitions include a public projection commissioned by the City of Yarra, as well as solo shows at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston and Bus Projects in Melbourne. In 2017, she was a finalist in the Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship and the Incinerator Art Award. Robenstone graduated with First Class Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015, and will commence a Master of Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art in 2019 with the generous support of the Rae and Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship.
Ella Sowinska is an artist and filmmaker whose work is guided by the theoretical discourses of documentary and reality television. Working predominantly in video, installation and occasionally, live performance, Sowinska’s work is critical of the voyeurism inherent in the documentation of the private and intimate lives of others.
Recent projects have been concerned with the representation of intimacy and desire in non-fiction screen-based works from a queer perspective. In 2018 Sowinska screened her film ‘Round One’ at queer film festivals worldwide and was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award at Short Cuts Film Festival, Melbourne. Sowinska has participated in the Mildura Palimpsest Biennial, as well as recent exhibitions at TCB, The Honeymoon Suite and Recess. Sowinska lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne).
Alyce Neal is Assistant Curator at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. She was a board member at SEVENTH Gallery from 2016 to 2018 and has worked at a number of arts organisations, including Monash University Museum of Art, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Biennale of Sydney.
IMAGES | Georgia Robenstone, Proposition for a Monument (documentation of site), 2017, digital photograph. | Paula Hunt, In the stadium (Prisoners) (detail), 2017 , flag, digital print on foam board, installation view A thousand times the rolling sun, The Old Beechworth Gaol, 2018. | Photograph: Aaron Christopher Rees. | Courtesy of Steven Rhall. | Ella Sowinska, Pretty gross and incredibly intimate (still), 2018, single-channel video. | Courtesy of Fresh and Fruity. | Images courtesy the artists.