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Katrina Simmons- strange deeply & Zoe Brooks- I Heard

July 10, 2011
Opening the 13th of July, Wednesday 6pm at FELTspace
From the 14th-30th of July
Katrina Simmons- strange deeply


Zoe Brooks- I Heard

Katrina Simmons- strange deeply

In Jean Luc Godard’s 1965 movie Alphaville: The Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution, words are continually removed from the official dictionary. Poetry, conscience, why and love have all been banned but also weeping, autumn light and tenderness. In Godards’, futuristic dystopia emotionless citizens are ruled by technology and the logic of science has replaced the independent thought of artists, thinkers and poets.

Strange deeply, a new exhibition by Katrina Simmons opening July 13th at FELTSpace, draws on Godard’s screenplay, among other things, to investigate the slipperiness of contemporary meanings. Utilising a diverse range of materials, including beeswax, paint, concrete, leather, thread and found objects, these new sculptures are deliberately provisional or process based as she argues that “meaningless” work also reflects an important understanding of lived experience.

Katrina Simmons- Biography

Katrina Simmons is an installation and sculptural artist whose work deals with failure, dysfunction and instability within social communication and interpersonal relationships. Her recent work has been concerned with the breakdowns and ruptures that occur between the internalised anxieties of the artist and contemporary socio-cultural and political systems. Katrina holds a PhD in Visual Arts from the University of South Australia (2009). She has exhibited in solo shows at the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and Adelaide Central School of Art. Group exhibitions include Epic Fail (FELTspace, 2010); Room (CAST, Hobart, 2007); Something Shows Something to Someone (Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 2006); Snapshot: Contemporary South Australian Art (Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2006); and Modern Love (Downtown Art Space, Adelaide). Katrina is also active in arts writing and has lectured extensively in the visual arts at TAFESA and the University of South Australia.

Image attached: Katrina Simmons, Evocation (Detail), embroidery thread, acrylic paint, beeswax, masking tape, found wire frame (2011) variable dimensions.

Zoe Brooks- I Heard

I heard divulges into an undisclosed perverse psyche revealing a sense of personal evaluation, confessional thought, hidden agendas and perception of character. Ideals of belonging intertwine to create self-righteous statements that question our connection to life, existence and ones sense of place in society.

The unravelling of text mimics a language of youthful curiosity and configuresin explanations of things beyond ones comprehension. A text that spells out the difference of social behaviour as personality soon develops after separation, as we grow from our mould.

The progression of journey may be different but it’s the connection to each other and

to something bigger is in question.

Zoe Brooks- Biography

Zoë Brooks is an emerging young Adelaide based visual artist. With shifting mediums that blur the boundaries of paint, installation and sculpture, her art becomes a transformation of space. Zoë draws on the inspiration of being a young person – with underlying themes of subverting the innocence as she creates “naughty art” drawn from experiences of the everyday. As ideals of belonging intertwine with the relationships we encounter, the subject for creating and recording becomes endless.

Since the completion a Bachelor of Visual Arts from O’Halloran Hill TAFE in 2009, Zoë was selected to exhibit in the 2010 Helpmann Academy Graduate Show and constructed large scale street installations using the city as a back drop for paintings. Her recent achievements include winning the Dr. Kemeri Murray AO Award in the 2010 Youth Scape, Royal South Australian Society of Arts Prize.

Image attached: Zoë Brooks, The Herd (Detail), (2011) variable dimensions.

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