12th July - 3rd August 2013
Opening 6pm Friday 12th July 2013
'ORBIT (Hobart)' Ron Adams, Kate Beckingham, Harriet Body, Lucas Davidson, Heath Franco, Hayley Megan French, Carla Liesch, Luke Strevens and Jodie Whalen
a MOP Project
Ron Adams, Kate Beckingham, Harriet Body, Lucas Davidson, Hayley Megan French, Carla Liesch, Luke Strevens + Jodie Whalen.
Running an artist run space is hard work but it is also good work. The current MOP committee have been running the space together for over two years and have seen their artistic lives become intertwined. This show has been collectively curated by the MOP committee; an inevitable outcome of ongoing dialogue and creative negotiation. The process of realising this interstate exhibition furthers the critical engagement of these artists, out of the ether and back into the exhibition space.
Orbit (Hobart) brings together the work of Ron Adams, Kate Beckingham, Harriet Body, Lucas Davidson, Hayley Megan French, Carla Liesch and Luke Strevens. Joining the committee members are previous MOP exhibiting artists Heath Franco and Jodie Whalen. While their practices vary, this group of artists are intimate with each other’s work, and so there is an engagement there that, while not immediately obvious, provides a dynamic dialogue on what it is to work together. Currently, the artists’ gravitational point is MOP Projects in Chippendale, Sydney. By altering their trajectory and entering another space, in another city, the artists are able to re-evaluate their practice in the context of those working and exhibiting around them. The work, then, begins to function beyond itself, in its relationship to the other works and artists in the exhibition.
Paddy Lyn Space
YOUR DOOR 'Orbit' Hobart (MOP)
"The decision to use the front door of my suburban Parramatta (Sydney) home first came out of the desire to unite two separate works I was making at the time, being the video YOUR DOOR and a live performance in the ‘Cube’ at Oxford Art Factory, Sydney.
The way I found to connect these was the glass box factor- that is, the glass performance Cube at Oxford Art Factory, and the inbuilt glass fish tank right behind the front door of my home. The layer of video embedded in the fish tank in YOUR DOOR is documented footage of the Cube performance, suggesting a displacement of space and time, whilst dissolving the boundaries between the real and the imagined.
I also wanted to explore the idea that such a tight location could be home to a myriad of life that by looking closer you may come to see. I wanted to revel in the blissful possibilities of finding magic in the every day and mix it with the excited fear of unveiling a secret you know you probably shouldn’t have."
-Heath Franco, 2012
Describing YOUR DOOR, writer Carrie Miller states:
It was a brutal psychological portrait of suburban life which demonstrated the artist’s laser-like ability to understand the devil in the detail of human behaviour, as well as his entirely unique way of expressing it through performance personas that are simultaneously bizarre yet oddly familiar. The characters that populate Franco’s videos are performed with a Brando-like bravura, a Dadaist sense of the absurd and the relentlessness of comedic genius Andy Kaufmann.
(Excerpt from Miller, C., 50 Things Collectors Need to Know 2013/Cool Hunter Predictions #1 Heath Franco (pp 86-89) Art Collector Issue 63, Magnesium Media)
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW