20th August - 14th September 2014
Opening 6pm Wednesday 20th August 2014
Image: Brendan Van Hek, Light Dreams, 2014
Detail of work in progress
overall dimensions of work 300 x 570cm
joined multi coloured neon lengths
courtesy of the artist
Shooting Stars Brendan Van Hek
Shooting Stars foregrounds a field of multi-coloured neon lengths that float across the gallery wall. Though this colour scape leads us to fantasy, the wired electrical forms take us closer to space hardware than the mythical astral bodies that endless wishes are pinned to. The work explores the idea of hollow wishes and synthetic dreams – the kind that rather than hold hope, support scenarios built on illusion and deferment.
Brendan Van Hek works across mediums, incorporating materials such as neon, mirror, glass, metal and disco balls. Ranging from text-based work to large-scale abstract installations, his work deals with narratives located in personal history, fiction and cultural politics. Brendan graduated with Honours from Curtin University Western Australia in 2001 and currently lives and works in Sydney. He has exhibited widely nationally, including: LUMINOUSFLUX, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, 2013; NEW11, ACCA; Some Kind of Love Story, Anna Schwartz Gallery Sydney, 2011; TWMA Contemporary 2010, Tarrawarra Museum of Art; and A Certain Slant of Light, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 2009. Brendan has also exhibited internationally in Shifting Geometries, The Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA and Becoming: Worlds In Flux, C24 Gallery, Chelsea, New York, USA. In 2012 he undertook a residency at ISCP, New York, and was the recipient of a Mid-Career Fellowship from the Department of Culture and the Arts WA, and in 2013 a Mid-Career New Work Grant from the Australia Council.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Installation view, Elizabeth Bay House, Peter Weibel,
Vulkanologie-der-Emotionen-Volcanology-of-emotions, 1971 / 73
16 Monitors, Video, 7:20 min.
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt
A MOP Projects exhibition hosted by Galerie pompom
Developed with Das Superpaper Issue 32, September 2014
Curated/Produced by Nick Garner, Das Platforms
Gary Carsley, Pia van Gelder, Tracey Moffatt, Sarah Mosca, Tomislav Nikolic, Jess Olivieri, Giselle Stanborough, Peter Weibel (Germany) Acid/Gothic
This exhibition and corresponding issue of Das Superpaper is looking at Acid and Gothic as cultural strategies that have appeared and reappeared in history to challenge or breakdown structures of absolutes, paradigms of truth or so called 'natural states'. ACID/GOTHIC tries to imagine alternate realities? it collapses time and space, and promotes a world where relationships, ideas and social and cultural frameworks exist on an expanded plane, in multiple dimensions and careening off in multiple directions.
Central to the research has been a strong connection to cinema and, following on from this, the exhibition is being developed as a short film of an exhibition shot in Elizabeth Bay House. If the formal and theoretical underpinnings of the project were to ask ‘how do we remember, how do we relate to each other and how do we navigate this universe together?’, in being presented as a film of an exhibition, ACID/GOTHIC is also asking, ‘what can conventions of exhibiting works learn from the evolving conventions of film?’
This project has been supported by Australia Council for the Arts.