BRIDGET CURRIE, DANA HARRIS, LOUISE HASELTON, MATT HUPPATZ
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.
Currie works in sculpture, photography, performance and video, but her work has a strong awareness of the history of sculpture and the philosophy of spatiality. At once delicate and awkward, the organically derived forms of her sculptural work tread the precarious ground of emotional resonance, sustainable production and formal integrity.
Born in Sydney and currently living and working in Melbourne, dana harris studied painting at the National Art School in Sydney and Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in New Zealand. Her art practice is project based and focuses on her obsession with mapping. Creating small scale drawings, weavings and large scale site specific installations, she utilizes a variety of techniques and media, including tracing paper, glass mirrors and cotton embroidery yarn to investigate connections between natural and urban environments.
Dana’s woven, constructed and knitted works require hours of exacting work. The processes are in themselves deeply repetitive and meditative and reflect something of the processes of Ikebana. By focusing her interest in Eastern traditions within a western context, Harris has developed an art practice that is both particular and synchronous. Indeed, it is testament to the breadth of her training and her determination that there is aesthetic coherence within apparent contradictions.
Dana Harris is concerned to distill the essence of form and to express this with restraint. By expressing itself reservedly and with idiosyncratic refinement, her work quietly invites the viewer to reflect and meditate.
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 of community and freedom, chaos and dissolution. Huppatz is interested in our search for meaning in a post-capitalist world, and the narratives we use to construct ourselves (as individuals, subcultures, and societies).