LIGHTSCAPES / 4 April to 22 July 2018 at Knox Place, Rodda Lane and the Building 2 Lightwell
Each year INTERSECT showcases a selection of exceptional work from the School of Art's most recent graduating students in the LIGHTSCAPES. Located across all three LIGHTSCAPES Sites, Highlights provides these artists a pathway to exhibit in public space immediately after graduation.
Marcelle Bradbeer is a Melbourne-based photographer focusing on landscape photography. Bradbeer recently graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) at RMIT University. She has exhibited work in CCP Salon and was invited to take part in The Hillvale Stitch-Up Machine group show at The Independent Photography Festival (2016).
Bradbeer focuses on capturing man-altered landscapes in rural environments. Her formalist approach to depict scenes of tranquility fractured by human impact raises awareness around the human destruction of our natural surroundings. Bradbeer utilises a landscape’s innate beauty to illustrate the relationship between humans and nature and entice the viewer to engage with the work’s narrative.
Marcelle Bradbeer's current series THE DIVINE DIVIDE: the ideological construct of landscape is challenging early landscape photography that portrays nature as a sublime otherness seemingly beyond human reach. Bradbeer’s formalist approach and use of vivid colour and delicate composition depicts scenes of tranquility fractured by human impact. By focussing on the human element in nature, she is questioning the existence of the pristine environment and diverts the viewer’s gaze away from the conventional aesthetics of landscape photography towards the reality of contemporary Australian landscape altered by human impact. Her work raises awareness around political and environmental issues related to the human destruction of our natural surroundings.
Julia Burke is a Melbourne-based artist who has recently graduated from the RMIT School of Art. Her practice explores the spatial transformation of sculptural and material compositions, through the lens of photography and video. Burke utilises the elements of her environment and responds with playful spontaneity, often resulting in serendipitous outcomes that bring awareness to how we perceive the subtleties in our immediate surroundings. Burke was the recipient of The Moat Bar Video Art Prize for her work displayed in the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) Graduate Exhibition.
Julia Burke’s Studio Series is a series of digital photographs documenting a meditative process of sculptural arrangement and material investigation in the studio. The work relies on the seductive quality of daylight to activate the picture plane, tracing the form of commonplace materials and objects. A background in painting has influenced Burke’s intuitive approach to the digital frame, resulting in painterly compositions that play with perception and space.
Celeste Magee holds a Diploma of Visual Arts, an Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts majoring in painting and public art, and a Bachelor of Fine Art majoring in painting and installation from RMIT. In 2015 she began exhibiting throughout Melbourne in group shows and emerging artist awards. In 2017 she held her first solo exhibition at Brunswick Street Gallery entitled Wasteland. She has been included in a number of group exhibitions including the Forty Five Downstairs emerging artist award, and has recently curated her first group exhibition at No Vacancy, Melbourne.
Through her artistic practice Celeste has developed a distorting technique that allows her to inject a digital aesthetic into a contemporary painting style. Her application of colour, shape and form can reflect that of a digital assemblage. She paints with reference from her sketchbooks and every day inspirations and obsessions. Celeste’s paintings are collaboration between the real world and the subconscious, a search for the sublime through art making. Her paintings depict a space in which the viewer can be fully immersed in. She uses techniques that allow her artwork to shift and slide between plains of painting and drawing. This technique results in surreal outcomes, generating optical, bold paintings.
A very certain ‘dumbness’ is present in the floating stagnant forms that Mon Strosity creates. As consumable and visually satisfying images, these ‘forms’ don't demand intellectual elitism to enjoy. The charm of the work is its ability to articulate a strange dumbness while also offering a glimpse into a new realm of unprovoked intelligence and complexity. This realm is a perception that Mon Strosity believes also characterises herself as both an individual and as an artist.
Kristen Brownfield is an emerging artist from Perth who is currently based in Melbourne. Working within a material language, her practice primarily investigates the subtle activation of space. She creates arrangements, gestures and poetic interventions which seek to foreground the viewers’ experience of a particular site or location. Left as propositions or openings, Kristen’s works are often generated through a playful, direct engagement with the site of exhibition, composed of small objects and found fragments, recordings, images and text. She holds a BA Visual Arts from Edith Cowan University and received her Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours First Class) from RMIT in 2017.