5 – 20 May 2016
Curated by Jessie Bullivant
Christo Crocker, Brian Fuata, Ian Milliss, James Parkinson, Gemma Weston, Makiko Yamamoto
7UPs inaugural exhibition Bedshed will explore the domestic setting as an aestheticized, utilitarian and politically charged space, presenting a diverse suite of works that engage with materials and concepts relating to domesticity. The exhibition’s curator Jessie Bullivant has invited a selection of artists to produce, revisit and reshow a range of material and conceptual approaches in an exhibition that operates as a ‘house warming’ for this new gallery space.
Through the presentation of various types of documents, Makiko Yamamoto reveals intimate fascinations revolving around her body within the home. Often taking an absurd and humorous approach Yamamoto brings her private performances into a public space to assert a physical presence from material often discarded. Yamamoto will present her first grey pubic hair, which was originally shown at West Space in the solo exhibition Home Recordings (2012).
The materials employed by Melbourne based artist Christo Crocker also relate to bodily use and durability, as well as being informed by photographic and chemical processes. Everyday disposable materials such as aluminium foil, plasticine, paper napkins and matchsticks, are transformed by light yet decisive gestures. The exhibition will include a remake of Sydney artist Ian Milliss’ work Doormat (1970), a large slab of foam placed at the gallery entrance that produces a simultaneous obstruction and softening of this threshold.
Gemma Weston will install a made-to-measure revision of But you could tell she led a rich interior life (2015), a digitally printed curtain that incorporates jewellery into its construction. Weston uses abstracted and stylised references to parts of the body, the Simpsons and craft processes to explore culture and the construction of individuality and interiority.
James Parkinson tracks the execution of taste, control and materiality in suburban domestic settings through his sculpture practice. For Bedshed, he will focus on the domestic cat as a metaphor for art; a version of the wild thing that has been repositioned as complimentary to domestic interiors.
Bedshed will also host a special afternoon performance Care Disfigurements: a third recital, by Sydney artist Brian Fuata. Fuata uses the figure of the ghost as a strategy for exploring the conventions of performance and presentation that haunt the contemporary. He has recently performed versions of this work at London’s Chisenhale Gallery (2015) and ACCA (As part of Framed Movements, 2014).
Care Disfigurements: a third recital
Brian Fuata performance
Saturday 7 May 4:00 – 5:00pm
This project has been assisted by the Australian Artists’ Grant. 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.