Alice Amsel, Drew Bickford, Bridie Connell, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Daniel Green, Richard Gurney, Tim Hilton, Gino Ho, Marius Jaskowiak, Sari TM Kivinen, Victoria Lawson, Luis Martinez, Tonee Messiah, Anna Peters, Louis Pratt, Rachel Scott, George Tillianakis, Teo Treloar, Anastasia Zaravinos Curated by The Motel Sisters
Becos Iím Worf It! is a collaborative show featuring artists who have created portraits of The Motel Sisters. The ultimate parody of art awards, pop culture and the bizarre phenomenon of celebrity-worship, it also focuses on hybridity within contemporary art, encouraging individual artists to integrate their practice with other juxtaposing styles and mediums.
ìAll the rappers are, like, collaborating and featuring in each others songs and video clips! So we thought; Thatís so hot right now, lets do that with art!î
- Paris and Tacky Motel
The Motel Sisters are a perfomative appropriation of advertising, pop-culture and pop-media identities. Their work is concerned with the power of media, utilising the visual languages of advertising to reach a wider audience. They have conducted many Guerrilla-style performances, including media infiltration (such as impromptu appearances on television) and other site-specific public works.
Media whoresÖParis and Tacky are two sisters who hail from sunny Naomicampbelltown. They are self-proclaimed, self-made Superstar Art Anti-socialites. They exhibition-hop, audaciously parading their profile at openings in order to gain publicity, make vital connections and attempt to get a picture in the next issue of Take 5 magazine. They are (Art)Star Fcukers of the highest degree.
Becos Iím Worth It! was first mounted at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne in November 2007.
Image: Teo Treloar in collaboration with The Motel Sisters.
See Paris Die, (Film Stills) 2007
Sari TM Kivinen
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing to you on behalf of Sari TM Kivinen as I have recently taken over the professional management of her performance art practice.
Kivinenís upcoming solo exhibition The Role-System at MOP Projects looks to be her most exciting venture yet, showcasing characters that she has been developing as part of The Role-System since 2004. Developing an installation with elements of video, performance, and textiles, Kivinen will explore space as a stage for her roles, the contained gallery space utilised as a dressing room, stage and exhibiting space for the antics of Kivinenís characters.
The core characters of her role system are viewed by Kivinen as exact aspects of her psyche in constant conflict. Thus they are narratively constructed as siblings that never cease to be in conflict. For several years Kivinen believed that she had effectively passed the buck to her characters, objectively shared her own neuroses and self-destructive tendencies amongst performative roles that act out any undesirable behaviour. More recently Kivinen has made the realisation that she cannot escape the system she has created for her roles; she is affected by them as much as they are of her. This exhibition will acknowledge Kivinen as one of the roles of The Role-System, as she furthers her own understanding of the system she has placed in operation.
Kivinen is a Sydney based artist working with performance, video, photography and installation with a thematic interest in exploring the function of role-play in social and domestic settings. Kivinen has completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in 2004 and a Graduate Certificate of Expressive Therapies in 2006, both at the University of Western Sydney. She has performed and exhibited nationally and internationally, The Role-System will be her second solo exhibition and will run from 25th September until the 12th October 2008 at MOP projects, Sydney.
image: Sari TM Kivinen 2008, Liina sister activities
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its art funding and advisory body, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.