SITUATE / 22 April to 17 June
PROJECT SPACE / 6 June to 6 July (Opening Thursday 6 June 5–7pm)
Nothing lasts forever explores the objective and subjective qualities of home. Hsu reflectively paints floating images of architectures, streets and houses that have been re-assembled and re-envisaged through his memory and imagination. By applying thin dripping washes of watercolour and acrylic paint onto plastic sheets, he emphasises the fragility and ephemerality of both his materials and subject. And as we physically move through his works, the images drift in response to our presence. Hsu uses these quiet gestures to consider home as not a fixed tangible space, but rather something more emotional, mutable, remembered and impermanent.
SITUATE / 3 September to 2 December 2018
SPARE ROOM / 7 June to 7 July (Opening Thursday 6 June 5–7pm)
Madeleine Thornton-Smith’s work questions where distinct ‘mediums’ end and others begin. Remediation is the act of re-forming an object in a material from which it wouldn’t usually be made, questioning medium-specificity. Through a slow process of accumulation and repetition, she slip-casts materials familiar to the studio, such as bubble wrap, paint and polystyrene, and building materials such as expanding foam, render and concrete. Interrogating archetypal forms, she has added these objects to vessels, plinths and tiles. Such mimicry challenges material hierarchies: ‘lowly’ expanding foam is made ‘art’ through casting – raising questions about the status of ceramics, art and craft.
SITUATE / 22 April to 14 July 2019
Garry Moore is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SITUATE / 6 May to 7 July 2019
Kate McWilliam is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
LIGHTSCAPES / 29 April to 14 July 2019 at Knox Place and Rodda Lane
Quantum entanglement shows that there are non-supervenient relations among physical systems over and above the spatio-temporal relations. Curated by Chloe Dann, Quantum Entanglement pairs the work of artists Cecilia Baker and Eden Row to explore photography as a contraction of time and space.
Chloe Dann is a recipient of the 2019 INTERSECT Curatorial Internship. The Curatorial Internship is a six-month internship which concludes with an exhibition at the Lightscapes.
LIGHTSCAPES / 29 April to 14 July 2019 at the Lightwell
Inherently ambiguous in its manifestation, food’s interest lies within the domestication of nature and its sense of otherness, a source of disruption to the body’s equilibrium. This project is an exploration into the symbolic and sensuous nature of the consumed. The work employs tensions embedded within dichotomies that have underpinned culture throughout history, while referencing surrealism to subvert expectations for the photograph to be closely tied to the real.
SITUATE / 22 April to 17 June 2019 at Gurodong Studio, Seoul, South Korea
Josh Peters is the recipient of the 2018 studio residency award and will be travelling to the Gurodong Studio in Gurodong, Seoul, South Korea.
SITUATE / 22 July to 15 September 2018
PROJECT SPACE / 30 August to 28 September 2018 (Opening Thursday 29 August 5-7pm)
After water, sand is the most extracted natural material by humans, our society is built on it (quite literally) and contrary to what is thought, it is also a limited material whose extraction from the bottom of rivers and oceans is causing irreparable damages in nature. The interdisciplinary project Vestiges investigates the insatiable demand of sand, as well as its socio-political and environmental consequences. More specifically, “Vestiges” will focus on Victoria’s landscape, and this region’s sand mining history. What can the use of sand tell us about the relationship between humankind and nature?
Enar de Dios Rodriguez is a guest of SITUATE as a part of the 2019 SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
PROJECT SPACE / 26 July to 17 August (Opening Thursday 25 July 5–7pm)
Both Australia and Taiwan have experienced polarising debates around the issue of same sex or equal marriage. Following a Constitutional Court ruling, Taiwan is set to join the list of countries with marriage equality by May 2019, and will become the first country in Asia to do so. This exhibition will explore how queer artists in both Australia and Taiwan have responded to these intense moments of debate, struggle and change. Each work in the exhibition will have been created during this climate of heightened contestation of queer rights and equality. Featuring collage, video, installation, textile, painting and photography, the exhibition is a diverse look at how artists have both overtly and covertly engaged with queer themes in response to their current social contexts.
SPARE ROOM / 26 July to 17 August (Opening Thursday 25 July 5–7pm)
This exhibition is the outcome of Australian artist Drew Pettifer's residency project at Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts in late 2018. Through a series of video interviews with significant politicians, lawyers and queer rights activists and organisations, the project reveals some of the histories around the ongoing marriage equality and LGBTQIA+ debates in Taiwan. In 2017 the Taiwanese Constitutional Court in Taiwan ruled the existing marriage laws unconstitutional and gave parliament two years to amend them. On 24 May 2019 new legislation introduced a separate law legalising same sex marriage. Australia’s recent marriage equality and LGBTQIA+ rights debates share some similarities with the Taiwanese context, offering a unique opportunity for discourse, exchange and reflection.
SITUATE / 1 August to 24 October 2019 at Eastside International Los Angeles, United States of America
Keith Clancy is the recipient of the 2019 studio residency award at Eastside International Los Angeles (ESXLA). Keith will undertake a three-month studio residency at ESXLA, located in the Brewery art colony complex in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. This award has been generously supported by Eastside International Los Angeles.
SITUATE / 20 August to 28 October 2018
Katie Lee is the 2019 recipient of the Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
SITUATE / 9 September to 1 December 2019
Isabel Buck is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.
SITUATE / September to November 2019
Sara Retallick is one of the recipients of the 2019 Honours Travelling Scholarship, an award which is generously supported by RMIT University School of Art.
SITUATE / 30 October to 22 December 2019
Camila Quintero is the recipient of a 2019 studio residency award at the RMIT SITUATE studios in Melbourne.