THREE distinctive new shows are now running at M16 Artspace.In “I Heart Television,”Belle Charter, Clinton Hayden, Erica Hurrell, Aki Nishiumi, Tess Stewart-Moore, Samuel Townsend, alumni from the ANU School of Art Photomedia workshop, reunite to exhibit new work exploring contemporary culture and individual perspectives within society, centred around our fascination and relationships with television. The collective lens of these 6 artists spans states, territories and countries including Sydney, Melbourne, ACT and Japan.
Each artist looks at the impact of our image rich and screen dominated culture on their current art practices and existence as citizens. For example Stewart-Moore looks at the escape that TV offers her clients with disabilities, while Hayden’s nostalgic reflections place him in the very scenes of his favourite childhood films, and Samuel Townsend, through his drag alter-ego, examines the fabricated life presented in contemporary reality TV shows.
“The Battle of Dominus” is a short film by Dean Arvonen and Callum Mcleish-Graham of Orana Steiner School that tells the story of Lord Arthur Farrington, who seeks to purchase a painting by Pualo Uccelo depicting one of his ancestors in battle, but faces unexpected challenges.
“Hypercube” is a showcase of Keely Van Order’s visual exploration of the possibilities of consciousness, space and time. The excerpts from a Sci-Fi comic book in progress explore how symbolism can be used to represent complex philosophical concepts. She uses spirals and interconnecting circular patterns to visually explore paradox, time symmetry and strange loops.
M16 Artspace, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crs Griffith, until February 9, Wednesday to Sunday, 12 – 5.