25th June - 20th July 2014
Opening 6pm Wednesday 25th June 2014
Image: Marta FerracinWithout Gravity, 2014, installation (detail)
Polythene drop sheets, crab nets and static electricity
Dimension variable, Photo by Corey Rankin
Without Gravity Marta Ferracin
Without Gravity is an installation by Marta Ferracin that envelops the viewer in an ephemeral atmosphere where time is slowed and the downward pull of gravity is upturned. Natural forces like static electricity and the breeze are enlisted as collaborative agents that interact with artificial mass-produced materials to animate the space. A group of soft sculptures are suspended from the ceiling like inverted sea creatures with clusters of semi-transparent polythene filaments hanging from their translucent bodies. Charged with static electricity, these filaments move in accordance with the viewer’s passage through the gallery space. As they displace the air currents and brush past the soft sculptures, the viewer completes the work. The work’s animation — its response to the viewer’s trajectory through the gallery — is echoed in the movement of the animated shadows that feature in an accompanying video projection.
Navigating this environment and interacting with the work, the viewer becomes acutely aware of their own presence. A soft floor surface forces them to tread slowly, bringing them into the same rhythm as the activated filaments. The careful exchange between the organic and the inorganic, between man-made materials and natural force, is not only a question of materiality but is absorbed by the viewer’s body.
Marta Ferracin is an Italian born artist who lives and works in Sydney. With her ephemeral installations and video works, she constructs interactive and immersive environments that overwhelm the viewer and interrogate the mutability of human perception. She converts found industrial objects into fragile and sensual forms by incorporating natural elements like light, air, breath, gravity and static electricity. Ferracin graduated from National Art School in 2013 and is the 2014 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. In 2013 she was awarded the Ricia Marie Prize. Her paintings and installation works have been shown in various solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, including YAI-13 at MContemporary Gallery. She is currently enrolled in Honours at the National Art School.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: MILES HALL, Detail DIANTHUS PINK , pigment, linseed oil and beeswax on linen, 124x154cm, 2014
A MOP Projects exhibition hosted by Galerie pompom
Exploring colour as a physical and visual encounter underpins the recent paintings of Miles Hall.
‘What I’m looking for is an experience of colour and space that is inherently pictorial but at the same time something that can be physically encountered as surface’ states the artist. Applied predominantly with his hands, Hall employs the use of pure pigments mixed with bees wax and linseed oil. ‘These paintings are not the result of an intellectualised programme or criteria; instead the images develop of their own accord following both the visual and tactile possibilities of the medium.’
Miles Hall was born in Canberra, Australia in 1974. After studying at the Julian Ashton Art School, Sydney, he moved to Brisbane and graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Queensland College of Art. Miles was subsequently awarded a Diplome National Supérieure d’Expression Plastique DNSEP (Masters equivalent) from the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Montpellier, France in 2005 and a PhD from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in 2010. He has exhibited since the mid 1990s in Australia, France and other countries. His work is held in a number of public and private collections, in Australia, Europe, Israel, Asia and the USA. Miles is an associate lecturer in Fine Art at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.