Image: Cherine Fahd: Today (everyday is today),2011
impermanent & permanent marker on canvas
137cm x 184cm each
TODAY Cherine Fahd
Cherine Fahd has developed a new body of work that uses time as the framework for charting change. Interested in the imperceptible transformations that occur in people, materials and objects, this new work addresses the certainty of change and the idea of impermanence. Like her self-portrait series “Hiding”, the work exhibited in “Today” documents an activity that is diarised and performed in accordance with an instruction. The physical work is at the mercy of this instruction and so the result is seriously obsessive. The main work is two large-scale canvas drawings that contain lines or lists of the word today. One canvas is written on in a marker that is impermanent so the text and her efforts are thwarted by the artwork fading away. The other canvas is written on with a permanent marker, or at least permanent for 60 to 100 year according to the marker manufacturer. Whilst one fades quickly the other remains as a testament to its double, as a comparison or reminder of what was. Her accompanying photographs from the series Unstill accompany the canvases in their recording of barely visible transformations.
Cherine Fahd is a Sydney based artist. She uses photography to explore the image and its relationship to objects, performance and documentation. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours in 1997 and in 2003 a Master of Fine Arts by research, both at the University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts. Fahd’s work is represented in major public collections in Australia such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria. She is the recipient of numerous New Work grants from the Australia Council for the Arts along with art awards such as the NSW Women & Arts Fellowship, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the 2010 National Photography Prize.
Image: Mimi Kelly, Untitled, 2010
Digital photographic print on Giclée paper
Image courtesy: the artist
Untitled Mimi Kelly
Mimi Kelly’s short Untitled 2010 series is documentation of her younger siblings - stepping away from her practice of self-portraiture to focus on her sisters as a single entity.
As a series these photographs invite focused scrutiny, each composition a kind of interplay between similarity and difference. And like some kind of twisted umbilical cord the sisters exchange their twisted ponytails. The intimate zone that Kelly’s photographs occupy – dream-like, soft, and strange – recalls Sigmund Freud’s concept of the uncanny, that sensation of strangeness wrought by the simultaneously familiar and the foreign.
Anna Zagala, excerpt from catalogue essay.
Mimi Kelly is a Sydney based artist working in photomedia. She studied at the University of South Australia (South Australian School of Art) graduating with First Class Honours, where she also undertook Postgraduate studies in Arts Management. She has exhibited nationally with recent solo exhibitions in Sydney and Melbourne.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Hayley French, Layer Painting, 2010,
acrylic on canvas, 48x48in'
MOP Volunteer Show
Richard Kean, Stephanie Quirk, Alana Wesley, Hayley French
curated by Dominique Serisier.
Art, in it’s most simplest terms, can be understood as a form of communication. In today’s world artwork as a form of communication is finding new meanings and associations. Artwork is continually finding ways of creating dialogue with itself, between works, the space and with its audience. The idea of communication is fraught with complication that the artists in this show would like to challenge and alter through their work. The audience is invited to talk to, about and with the artworks as they weave their way through the space.
The work in this show is exploring communication, with its natural associations and enemies, by pushing the limits of practice and medium in new exciting ways. The show is comprised of the MOP volunteers, talented individuals, who give their time and energy throughout the year to help create and run other artist’s shows. Participating in this show is Hayley French, who is exploring the boundaries of abstract painting; Alana Wesley, a performance artist who merges themes of personal and political in her work; Richard Kean, a painter who challenges traditional concepts of form and medium; and Stephanie Quirk, who pushes the concept of painting to new areas.