Threads

THREADS
BRIDGET CURRIE, DANA HARRIS, LOUISE HASELTON, MATT HUPPATZ

16 May - 1 July 2018

EXHIBITION TEXTS

In the context of this exhibition, threads are not fine clothes, helical ridges on the outside of a screw, a reference to the 1984 British TV drama and certainly not the premier magazine for sewing enthusiasts.

These four artists share characteristics throughout their works, which brings them together beyond their visual disparity, through a finely-honed sensibility in finding the spiritual significance in elements commonly ignored by the majority. Their impetus is not tied to any direct message be it political or otherwise but uncovering the sensible object through their individual aesthetic. These shared sensibilities allow them, through simple arrangement of materials, to create a completely new dimension, enabling these objects to re-appropriate their real life in order to construct a new sensorial world of connections.

Bridget Currie was born 1979 on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. She locates her practice as sculpture although works may involve performance, writing, food and painting. The things she makes reveal a curiosity about how the forces of life and death act to make the world. Her work has built up a highly personal lexicon of forms and actions using materials such as wood, bread, salt, clay, cloth, vegetables and their qualities.

Currie graduated from a Master of Visual Arts by research in 2006 and has shown widely internationally and in Australia including at: the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Artspace Sydney, PICA, 24 Hr Art and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Independent artist run spaces and at Greenaway Gallery, Grant Pirrie and Ryan Renshaw.  In 2007/08 she was a resident at the CCA Kitakyshu in Japan and In 2011/12 at the Kunglia Konsthogskolan in Stockholm, supported by an Anne and Gordon Samstag Scholarship. Since 2012 she has exhibited in Sweden, Belgium, the UK , Lithuania and Spain including at the most recent Baltic Triennial. In 2016 she presented a performative lecture on fermentation and her art practice at Bulegoa z/b in Bilbao, and In October 2016 she was artist in resident at Rupert in Vilnius, Lithuania presenting the first showing of ‘Theory of meadowness’.  She returned to Australia in 2016 and in 2017 produced a collaborative Dance and installation project for ‘Versus Rodin’ a major survey show of international sculpture responding to the oeuvre of Rodin, curated by Leigh Robb at the Art Gallery of South Australia. She is currently artist in residence at Flinders Medical Centre, South Australia

Based in Melbourne, Australia, I studied at art schools in Sydney and Auckland, NZ. I lived in Tokyo for almost 3 years from 1992, where I studied Ikebana at the avant-garde Sogetsu school. The principles of design, and discipline with a particular focus on craft continue to inform my art practice today.

Committed to extensive research of specific sites, I create work that poetically interprets contextual and conceptual complexity. Creating works that provoke questions, I utilise elements of both 2D and 3D, macro and micro space, object and shadow.

In 2014 I undertook a residency at Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo, and in 2016 was shortlisted in the Basil Sellers Art Prize at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne. In 2017 I had a solo exhibition at CRAFTVictoria, and am currently exhibiting my installation ll & lll at Heide Museum of Art in Melbourne.

"Louise Haselton produces sculptures and installations in which the formal placement of objects are contrasted with an element of randomness. Traditional precision craft techniques such as casting might be positioned within an assemblage of found objects. Following a Helpmann Academy residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi, India, 2005, Louise has been making sculptural works using materials gleaned from the world around her."

(Dr Mary Knights, 2012)

Louise Haselton makes sculptural works using materials gleaned from the world around her. In 2002 Haselton completed a Masters of Visual Arts (Sculpture) by research at RMIT University, Melbourne and in 2005 undertook a residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi, India. Haselton held solo exhibitions, in 2011 at The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, in 2013 at Greenaway Art Gallery and in 2014 at The Australian Experimental Art Foundation. In 2015 Haselton participated in do it adelaide, at The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, when she enacted instructions by Alison Knowles and was included in the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Magic Object at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Since 2003 she has been a lecturer in The School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.

Matt Huppatz is an artist and thinker based in Adelaide, South Australia. His work draws upon everyday and altered experiences, often touching on areas of dark and colourful transgression. The nightclub and related underground sites have offered fertile ground for his practice, being contradictory places that offer community and freedom, chaos and dissolution. Huppatz is curious about the search for meaning in our post-capitalist world, and the narratives we use to construct ourselves (as individuals, subcultures, and societies). Recent text-based works explore the potential of language to be a force of liberation and control in this process. These works betray an interest in the borders of language, and the sites and states where it begins to break down.

Matt Huppatz has shown in group and solo shows in Australia and abroad, including: Threads, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, 2018; Into My Arms, ACE OPEN, Adelaide 2018; FELTcult at Hobiennale, Hobart, 2017;Soft Spot/Hard Feelings, Holy Rollers, Adelaide, 2017; Queer Passages, SASA Gallery, University of South Australia, 2017 (solo); Dug and Digging With, Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AE AF), 2016; Work! AE AF , 2015 (solo); Sydney Contemporary 13; Mild­ura Palimpsest 9, 2013; The Utopia Project: LA, Concord Art Space, Los Angeles, 2013; Instinct, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, 2012; Supermarket Art Fair 2012, Stockholm; SOFT CORN, FEL Tspace, Adelaide, 2010; Shed Light Wor ks, P roject Space, Contemporary Art Centre of South A ustralia, 2009; and Hatched09 National Graduate Show, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2009. Huppatz completed a PhD (Visual Arts—Major Project) in the School of Art, Architecture, and Design at the University of South Australia in 2017.