30th March – 14th April
Benjamin Baker, Rosie Isaac, Lauren Dunn, Katie West
Curated by Alyce Neal, Thea Jones, Grace Wood
The List features new and recent work by Benjamin Baker, Lauren Dunn, Rosie Isaac and Katie West, and investigates the constructed systems our bodies operate in—language, images, space and history. In presenting distinctly different practices that include performance, installation, painting and sculpture, The List seeks to embody the diversity of art-making practices and highlight the critical concerns shaping contemporary art. The List sees artists extend beyond the confines of the gallery space, offering a self-critique of the designated gallery and art object, and the capacity of the artist-run platform in the contemporary art ecology. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of public programs, including artist talks and readings.
Benjamin Baker is interested the nuances of contact. It is somewhere to collapse the macro and to nurture the micro. An attempted inward reflection and a quiet space, allocated for ideas colliding through the platform of painting. I acknowledge the seed and present the vessel. Benjamin Baker is a multidisciplinary artist practising and sleeping in Melbourne. They are currently finishing their BFA in painting at The VCA.
Rosie Isaac is a Melbourne-based artist engaged with performance, video and writing. Her recent work draws on and reconfigures the official language of public spaces, allegorical texts and casual conversation in an attempt to negotiate the modes of power at work in these distinct forms. Isaac is a Gertrude Studio Resident. Upcoming projects include solo presentations at Gertrude Glasshouse and West Space in 2017. She is currently developing a project as part of Kickstart Helix for Next Wave Festival.
Lauren Dunn explores underlying codes within photography, advertising and ethnography in her cross disciplinary practice. Dunn often works with large scale photographic images, creating ambiguity and uncanny sense of familiarity as the image source is eroded in its repetition. A recent graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne Dunn has exhibited at LON, Blindside, Margaret Lawrence and CALArts in California. She was shortlisted for the Majilis Travelling scholarship and Incinerator Art award 2016. Dunn will be exhibiting at first solo show at LON gallery in April 2017.
Katie West is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the renewal of human connections with and within the natural environment. To this aim colonial histories are reconfigured and decolonised futures are imagined in response to global environmental concerns. Katie is of Yindjibarndi descent, from Noongar Booja (Perth and surrounding areas) in Western Australia. She is now based in Naarm (Melbourne) and is currently completing a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.