18th November - 6th December 2015
Opening 6pm Wednesday 18th November
Image: Luke Strevens, High Above the Lakes of Titan, 2015, Acrylic and enamel on canvas, 100 x 100cm
High Above the Lakes of Titan
Titan is the largest moon of Saturn making it roughly 1.2 billion kilometres from Earth when at their closest. For a human being to reach Titan alive - a celestial body which exists only in our relatively small Solar System - is at this stage unfathomable, making Titan both a clarion call to sweet endeavour and a promise to all Homo sapiens who continue to yearn for that magnificent but seemingly unattainable oasis - Utopia.
High Above the Lakes of Titan is therefore an attempt by Strevens to recognise the foolishness of understanding existence from an Earthly perspective, and by delving into Deep Space and the Universe he wishes to truly experience the full weight of existential pressure. From the viewpoint of an ardent existentialist and naturalist, the journey for Strevens is at both times frightening and liberating when the enormity and complexity of the Cosmos is displayed and our humble place within it is revealed.
Luke Strevens received a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from Sydney College of the Arts in 2013. In 2010 he completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at Sydney College of the Arts, spending a semester the year previous at The University of California, Berkeley as part of the BVA Exchange program for which he received an International Exchange Scholarship from the Sydney College of the Arts and The University of Sydney. He recently was a finalist in the Chippendale New World Art Prize and was selected for The Other Art Fair in Central Park, Chippendale. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at galleries such as Carlton St Project Space, Breezeblock, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, Blindside, Melbourne, Raygun Projects, Toowoomba, and Constance Ari, Hobart. This will be Strevens’ second solo show at MOP Projects.
Photos by Docqment
MOP Projects is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Patrick Pound, Museum of Holes, 2015, mixed-media installation (detail), courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney
The thing that feels A MOP Projects exhibtion hosted by Gallerie Pompom
Giacomo Carmagnola, Alan Constable, Alison S.M Kobayashi, Kyle Montgomery, Kenny Pittock, Patrick Pound, Tobias Yves Zintel, curated by Talia Linz.
Mario Perniola writes that feeling marks the boundary between the living and the thing. How might we comprehend, then, the curious mode of being of the inorganic? Beyond our desire for objects and the meanings they make, is it possible that they have desires of their own? the thing that feels draws together disparate practices that deploy objects in various forms as ciphers for communication. Given over to the inanimate, artworks explore often language-less, embodied forms of expression, revealing personal mythologies both real and imagined – from Tobias Yves Zintel’s protagonist, who is compulsively occupied with the pig and its representation, to the material and linguistic play in the work of Patrick Pound, and the found objects that fuel the character assemblages concocted by Alison M. Kobayashi. Here obsessiveness is both a mode of production – a way of dealing with an object and its symbolism: thoroughly, endlessly, mysteriously, intimately – and a communication strategy challenging notions of value and genealogies of use.