28th May - 22nd June 2014
Opening 6pm Wednesday 28th May 2014
Image: Markela Panegyres, The Rack and the Screw, 2014,
Performance video (3-channel video installation, installation view),
10min loop, Image courtesy of the artist.
The Rack and the Screw
Markela Panegyres’ creative practice is primarily based in performance video. Works are created through an ongoing and constant studio process comprised of numerous performative acts, that are, in most cases, directly mediated into video format. These performances attempt to explore raw or disquieting psychological states, in particular those occurring in response to trauma. Each work is propelled by an intense inner energy that communicates resistance. The use of a literal or symbolic mask in performance allows Markela to access this energy with greater intensity. Markela has recently undertaken a four-month residency in Paris, researching the notion of the mask in relation to the commedia dell’arte character Pierrot. The new performance video work created for her forthcoming exhibition at MOP draws upon this research.
Markela will give a live performance on opening night at 7pm. This half-hour intervention in the MOP gallery space will both complement and problematize the video installation.
Markela Panegyres is a Sydney-based artist working primarily in the medium of performance video and live performance. Markela completed a Bachelor of Music (Hons) majoring in cello performance at the University of Western Australia and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) at Curtin University, Perth, before moving to Sydney in 2011 to undertake a PhD at the Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney. Her current PhD project is titled The scream: spiritedness, violence, silence and resistance. This research explores the representation and expression of anguish in art through both creative practice and theoretical enquiry.
Installation images: DocQment
Performance documentation: Lucas Davidson
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Hayley Megan French, Echo I, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 150 x 150 cm
A MOP Projects exhibition hosted by Galerie pompom
See where it drifts
Hayley Megan French
‘This stunning new series extends French's investigation into concepts of landscape, imagined through the perspective of living in Sydney and influenced by work - including a residency and volunteering - and travel in the Northern Territory. Also reflected in the physicality of the large canvas that expands this experience to the viewer. These paintings contain shots of abstract orange and white floating within dark interiors, reminiscent of the Australian imagination adrift in the landscape.’
Hayley Megan French is a Sydney-based artist and PhD candidate at Sydney College of the Arts. French is interested in the ability of painting to inhabit the land imaginatively and move between different experiences of being in Australia. As part of her research French has worked in the Warmun Art Centre in the East Kimberley and the Yirrkala Art Centre in North-East Arnhem Land. French is a committee member at MOP Projects and in Sydney she has exhibited at MOP Projects, AirSpace Projects, Articulate Project Space, and Sydney College of the Arts Graduate School Gallery. French has exhibited interstate at Watch This Space, Alice Springs, Constance ARI, Hobart, and Raygun Contemporary in Toowoomba. Her work is held in the collection of Artbank Australia.