The Christmas Specials a group exhibition curated by The Christmas Special Committee
(Brian Fuata, Chris Hanrahan, and Pete Volich)
Artists: Kate Murphy, Shane Haseman, Agatha Goethe-Snape, Tim Silver, Viki Papageorgopoulos, Ms & Mr
with opening night performances by Brian Fuata, Agatha Goethe-Snape,The Fondue Set
This is a Christmas Show. It is nothing more, nor less. It is a decoration overload, a drunken dance with an older aunt, a hot lounge room full of kids pumped on sweets, expensive toys and melted ice blocks, an awkward conversation between indifferent cousins about how their lives in the past year spent in the office, the backyard, the football field, the P.T.A meeting has culminated to a joyous festivity around the carcass of some barbequed animal or skewered crustacean, it is the grand reveal of a newborn child or a nephew’s growing teeth, a grandfather’s exposition over betting on the horses. It is a dry mouth, a full stomach, a tipsy head, a loud burp, a randy hand, a holy birth, a bin full of wrapping paper, a loose leg carving up the dance floor and a series of empty purses.
Christmas is the time for family. If we take the idea of the family to be a primary source where the idea of our selves are formed, where behaviours are assimilated under the rigmarole of the everyday and familiar, then Christmas essentially becomes a time where these banalities are ritualised and heightened and then, celebrated for that basic reason. This season of holiday has evolved into a phenomena of the banal, an ironically spectacular festival where the familial stricture to love each other is made more self-conscious with the co modification of present giving and reception, the obligation to “have fun with each other”, all under the guise of a redundant Judaeo-Christian pagan belief.
The probabilities for dysfunction and failure are rife, the chances of fun, even more so.Christmas is a festival of schadenfreude. We, of the Christmas Special committee wish to invite you to our family Christmas. MOP is going to be transformed into a commune of Christmas cheer, the main gallery, our place of hearth. Come experience and enjoy as the artists drink a bit too much egg nog, over-stuff the Christmas stocking, stuff up the dinner Turkey, choke on tinsel all whilst singing a merry ole carol around someone’s organ. All of the artists in this exhibition will be making new work installed to create an overall environment of cheer, randomness, thought, depression, activism, and excitement.The exhibition space will also be extended to include the elevator and possibly the foyer where the drinks are served. There’ll even be an intervention of philanthropy. Thinking it would be a great time to give back to the community around the local area, we plan to have a “Christmas Conscious tree” where we will ask visitors to bring a gourmet can of food to place under the tree that we will give back to the greater community