17th September - 12th October 2014
Opening 6pm Wednesday 17th September 2014
Image: Jodie Whalen, Every day is a job well done #6 (2014) Mixed media collage 21 x 29.7 cm
Courtesy the artist.
Everyday is a job well done Jodie Whalen
In Everyday is a job well done Jodie Whalen presents a series of mixed media collage works. The works are built up by an obsessive compulsive network of rules and coding relating to colour, placement of imagery/object and the amount of material used. Images include sublime sunsets, animals, jewels, smiley faces and words of positivity and encouragement. Initially existing as web images, stickers and magazine illustrations the abundance and shiny aesthetic of this found imagery within our culture speaks to notions of reward, consolation and escape from daily working lives.
Jodie Whalen is a Sydney based artist. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts with a Masters of fine arts in 2013. Recent shows include Totally Looks Like Stills Gallery, Common Woman II Metro Arts Brisbane, Work Out Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, The Social Campbeltown Arts Centre. Whalen is a current resident at Parramatta Artists Studios.
" The Australian Artists' Grant is a NAVA initiative, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Mrs Janet Holmes à Court and the support of the Visual Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts."
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Kate Beckingham,
Action in studio for 'Base camp'
2014, Still image
A MOP Projects exhibition hosted by Galerie pompom
Base camp Kate Beckingham
In Base camp Kate Beckingham revisits the physical activities she undertook while on a residency in Iceland in late-2013. Her difficulties and struggles when walking up a volcano crater, falling down into sulphurous clay and the disorientating experience of feeling both simultaneously high up on the earth and low beneath the massive scale of Iceland’s natural landscape are explored in present time using photographic images and sculptural forms. Gestures of falling, reaching and stepping up are implicitly referenced as a way of considering the time passed between her instinctive reactions in the Icelandic landscape and the act of making this work. By placing images of gestures alongside objects that have the appearance of being helpful but that are essentially useless, this exhibition brings into being Beckingham’s thought processes; compressing the distance between present art making and past accidents, time and space.
Beckingham’s practice contemplates how we experience in-between spaces from a perceptual body and in Base camp she is interested in furthering this idea, considering the spaces situated between the viewer and the art object. When an art object is made, the artist has essentially created something out of nothing. By considering the time and space between the catalyst of work and final output, Beckingham is able to reference the intuitive processes and actions undertaken in the privacy of her studio. Therefore, this exhibition reveals not only Beckingham’s experiences in Iceland, but also what happened upon her return.
Beckingham completed her MFA at Sydney College of the Arts in 2012 and has shown extensively in Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland. Recently, she has been involved with projects at Alaska Projects, Bus Projects, BLINDSIDE and Firstdraft. In 2014 she was awarded an ArtStart grant.