27th May - 21st June 2015
Opening 6pm Wednesday 27th May
Image: Chris Dolman, Death Wobbles 2015, Mixed media on paper, 56x76cm.
Photo credit: Susanna Wimberley
Death Wobbles is an exhibition of works on paper and ceramic objects that probe the history of non traditional self portraiture with a sense of faux calamity, dread and dumb danger. Its kind of tongue in cheek but the kind where the tongue has eaten through the cheek and maggots are festering in the open wound. The creepy hand is reaching out from a slimy vase, A cartoon shape is staring at you from a picture on the wall, and the amputated stump lies lifeless on the floor. Half scary, half fun, the works in Death Wobbles hope to describe the not quite terror you get when you see Freddy for the first time, or that funny feeling you get halfway down the hill on a coffin ride.
Chris Dolman's cross disciplinary practice blends the sincerity of Modernism with an irreverent and self deprecating humour. Fusing the histories of geometric abstraction, popart, and surrealism with retro motifs from 90's movies, kids cartoons and the everyday, Dolman mixes high and lowbrow materials with both ad-hoc and traditional artistic methods to explore non traditional self portraiture with the uncertainty that comes with early memory loss.
Dolman lives and works in Sydney. He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne with first class honours in 2010. He was the recipient of the VCA Wallara Travelling Scholarship, as well as New Work early career and ArtStart grants from the Australia Council for the Arts. He has undertaken residencies at Hill End, Bundanon Trust, BigCi NSW, Ceramic Design Studio (Sydney Institute), and St George Institute of TAFE. He has exhibited nationally including shows at: Alaska projects, Firstdraft, West Space, Seventh gallery, FELTspace, Wellington St projects and [MARS].
Dolman runs the project gallery TWENTY THIRTY SEVEN, and is currently a research candidate at Sydney College of Arts, Sydney University.
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Stuart Hall, Neon, 2014, 297mm x 420mm
A MOP Projects exhibition hosted by Galerie Pompom
Artist talks hosted by Josephine Skinner, Sunday 7 June 3-4pm
ARTIST COLLECTIVE Ellen Virgona, Alexis Aquino, Jack Baxter, Gabriella Lo Presti, Stuart Hall
Artist Collective is a collaborative group of five photomedia artists, including recent graduates from Sydney College of the Arts, National Art School, and the Design Centre Enmore.
Forming in late 2014 over a mutual interest in photography, contemporary art and travel the group saw an opportunity to create a collective framework of photographic perspectives when they had all travelled to Japan within a few months of each other.
Aiming not only to promote a united front of emerging photomedia talent but also produce a more immersive gallery experience by uniting five individual lenses over one subject as a myriad of unique view points.
They have been invited by MOP Projects to present the exhibition Gaijin as part of the gallery’s program to highlight emerging talent from Sydney’s art institutions.
Ellen Virgona is a Sydney based conceptual artist using photography to explore re-enactments, life, death, morbidity, personal relation and the human condition. Ellen graduated her Bachelor of Visual Arts with First Class Honours in Photomedia at Sydney College of The Arts in 2014. In 2009 Previously Ellen was apart of the HSC Art Express Exhibition where her work ‘Chiaruscuro’ was exhibited at the Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Arts Centre and the ABC Studios in Ultimo. She was also a winning contestant of the ABC1 Television program "Photo Finish" airing in 2012. Since then Ellen has exhibited in numerous group shows across Sydney and Melbourne. While continuing to create art Ellen is currently working on other projects and is the co-creator of Sydney duo Girls Club, which has been featured in Sneaky magazine, Catalogue Magazine, Fashion Journal and Pitch Zine.
Alexis Aquino is a visual artist who primarily works in the medium of photography. Her work could aptly be named voyeuristic portraiture. Comfortably taking on the role of the ‘other’, she examines the spatial links individuals form with their surroundings during otherwise mundane interactions. Her work captures occurrences both grand and fleeting, asking that the viewer give pause to consider the balance we strike with our habitats. The result is work that pays tribute to the simultaneous symmetry and incongruity of the world around us, yet appreciates its profound beauty all the same. Alexis graduated Sydney College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Photomedia and has since exhibited work across Sydney in a number of group shows.
Jack Baxter is an emerging Sydney based artist and designer working primarily with photomedia. Never staying too long on the same subject his work often explores alienation and stimulation in the contemporary, the idiosyncratic life through history, technology and the immersive image world. Having graduated Design Centre Enmore with a Diploma of Graphic Design and Communication in 2013 he is currently completing his second year Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photomedia at Sydney College of the Arts. Jack has worked as a freelance designer as well developing his art practice for the last number of years exhibiting in a small number group shows across Sydney.
Gabriella Lo Presti is a Sydney based artist who works primarily in photography, drawing, collage and painting. Gabriella's work explores the dispositions of identity and the nature of place. Completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) from the National Art School in 2013, she is now studying a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) at the University of Sydney. Gabriella Lo Presti's photographs contemplate the nature of interior, open and negative space. She explores the interaction between the individual and place, using the individual as a present and absent object in a relational dynamic.
Stuart Hall is a Sydney based photographer / industrial design graduate, who’s origins lie with a number of years work as a traditional photography studio assistant. Gaining a personal sense of satisfaction, Stuart’s more recent works tends to roam further away from conventional studio work and into more un-choreographed street photography. Taking part in a handful of small art shows around Sydney over the past 2 year, Stuart’s most recent acclaim was being selected as a finalist in the Pedestrian TV Photo Awards 2014 in December of 2014.