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I know my chickens: Megan Almeida, Sasha Gbrich, Kate Moskwa, Sary Zananiri

I Know My Chickens
Opens Wednesday September 7th 6pm
Exhibition runs till September 25th

Megan Almeida
Sasha Grbich
Kate Moskwa
Sary Zananiri

Curated by Kate Moskwa

A favourite game of ours is to pick a TV show or movie, preferably with four leading characters, and assign them to each other based on looks, personality traits, and events. Sometimes it doesn’t work out perfectly and one or two people are poor matches. The most successful matching to date in my opinion, was Winnie the Pooh and friends. Pooh-Bear, Piglet, Tigger and Eey-ore. Well that’s one way of seeing us.

At its simplest, this is an exhibition of portraiture. Four friends have represented what they think they know of each other. They have created the characters they see. Like a film or novel, these characters have evolved and present themselves to you, our audience. However, these characters were developed not through a single authorial vision, but envisioned by the other players. At its warmest, this exhibition is homage. The persona comprised from memories, photographs and stories tell as much about the author as they do the character. In dedicating an exhibition to one’s friends there’s an element of humble self portraiture.

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.

Opening on Wednesday 6th April at 6pm,
Exhibitions run 6th-23rd of April

Talia Wignall -Biography
Talia Wignall completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design at Adelaide Centre for the Arts in 2006, then graduating with Honours in visual arts and the South Australian School of Art (SASA).

Upon graduating Talia has exhibited solo and in group exhibitions at spaces such as Light Square, FELTspace, Gallery 139, Artspace at the Adelaide Festival Centre and Carclew Youth Arts. Her work has received a number of commendations and awards including The artEast Maras Group $1000 art prize (2007) and the Art Stretchers Award for Highest Student Graduate in Painting (2006). In 2008 Talia was a recipient of the Helpmann Academy Optus mentorship program, being mentored by renowned Adelaide artist Chelsea Lehmann. Talia was selected a finalist in the 2009 National Youth Self Portrait prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Top Image: Talia Wignall, Ain’t no mountain high enough (2011) 65 x 102cm, pencil on paper.

Yanni Floro’s -Biography

Yanni Floros is an Adelaide based artist that trained at the National Art School in Sydney graduating as a sculpture major. Since then he has shown his work around Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and has been a finalist in art prizes such as the Dobell Drawing Prize 2010 and the Lethbridge 10000. He also exhibits with Scott Livesey Gallery, Melbourne and Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane. His work extends across the disciplines of painting, sculpture and drawing and focuses on the pursuits of man and how those pursuits impact our development.

Bottom Image: Yanni Floros, Here No Evil (2011) 102cm X 72cm, charcoal on paper

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