25th October - 11th November 2012
Opening 6pm Thursday 25th October
Image: Agnieszka Golda & Martin Johnson,
Inferno Wonderland (installation detail), 2012, mixed media,
installation size 460cm x 640cm x 460cm. Photographer Martin Johnson
'Inferno Wonderland’ Agnieszka Golda & Martin Johnson
Inferno Wonderland is an interdisciplinary collaborative installation constructed by Agnieszka Golda and Martin Johnson that attempts to critique some firmly established systems of knowledge by evoking a cross-cultural mytho-sacral territory, a space situated on the edges of visible and invisible worlds. The mixture of interconnected objects, including paintings, textiles and wooden sculptures is used as a device for negotiating the affective, emotional and sensory dimensions of bodily encounters in intercultural contexts.
Agnieszka Golda and Martin Johnson are currently based in Wollongong. Through Inferno Wonderland, both artists draw on their recent field studies in France, Poland and Japan to explore how narratives invested with politics of emotion shape bodies and spaces and how such political practices can be resisted through the immersive, ritualistic and fragmented narrative modes of contemporary installation art. Golda and Johnson have collaborated on a number of projects for over twenty years. Their works have been exhibited nationally and overseas, most recently Last Exile (2011), a large-scale installation at the Wollongong City Gallery was supported by an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Established grant.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Linda Brescia, Icon, 2012, Lambda Print
'Life and Death’ Linda Brescia
Linda Brescia’s work reflects the complex themes of the everyday. Combining painting, printmaking and sculpture, Linda’s characters are placed in domestic and social environments and then photographed. Her performances are often unexpected and challenging, as the observer becomes the observed.
Love, Faith and Fear are recurring themes in her work, the most recent being completed after spending time in Italy.
Linda has been included in exhibitions by the well-known curator and art collecter, Peter Fay. Other group shows she has participated in this year include Jehanne’s Alchemists, Sheffer Gallery, curated by Anne Bentley, Synergy, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and the Mini Print International Asia Pacific award. Linda has had a residency at Parramatta Artists’s Studios and previously won the Fisher’s Ghost sculpture award at Campbelltown Art’s Centre in 2009 and 2011. In 2010 she was the recipient of an Australia Council of the Arts ArtStart Grant.