SITE EIGHT / 3 to 17 August 2017 (Opening Thursday 3 August 5-7pm, Hours Monday to Friday 1-5pm & Open for RMIT Open Day: Sunday 13 August 10-4pm)
Each year the School of Art awards a number of Honours Travelling Awards to students with the aim of supporting Honours graduates who demonstrate outstanding levels of art practice and academic achievement. Three to four selected graduates are assisted each year through the provision of a grant awarded to undertake overseas travel for the purposes of research. And the awardees are also invited to present new work in a group exhibition in SITE EIGHT during the year that follows the awarding of their grants.
Matthew Berka is an artist filmmaker whose work explores areas of psychogeography, trauma, faith and identity. His film and sound works draw upon acts of walking, accident and association to create speculative fictions in the first person. He is currently based in London, UK.
Hans van Hans is best known for their spatial installations of cramped latex hallways and abstracted sculptural figures. Having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (Hons) at RMIT University in 2016, Hans is travelling to Japan this year, to gain a broader cultural insight regarding gendered ideals, and how they relate to the west. Hans’ practice is preoccupied with the exploration of ideals that are held against our perceptions of gender and the body; and how it is able to exist within society. Since graduating Hans’ has been working with RMIT Link Arts to develop a drawing program that caters to all creative courses ranging from fashion to architecture, in order to encourage the development of skills for arts practices and everyday life. Hans claims their influences stem from a background in animation which include not only artists Francis Bacon, and Hans Bellmer but also directors Ryan Woodward and Tim Burton.
Josephine Hellen Franklyn’s practice centres on investigations of impermanence, complexity and multiplicity. Her practice incorporates installation, sculpture, video, found ephemera, collage, assemblage, drawing, light and shadow.
Cara Johnson completed her Honours (first class) within a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University in 2016. Her practice is concerned with fragility and preciousness in nature, while also considering the presence of impact on the landscape. Recently Johnson exhibited at ANCA Gallery in Canberra and Gray Street Workshop in Adelaide, and has work currently represented at CODA Museum in The Netherlands. Early 2017 she was invited to take part in the Fresh! graduate exhibition at Craft, and was the recipient the Sofitel Award. Cara resides in the Otways in southwest Victoria and is current MFA research candidate at RMIT.