OPENING EVENT: WEDNESDAY 1 MAY, 5-7pm
The Union Art Collection: Recent acquisitions 2016-18 and selected works
Tia Ansell, Lauren Brown, I-yen Chen, Miles Davis, Lauren Dunn, John Elcatsha, Jemi Gale, Guy Grabowsky, Casey Jeffery, Caitlin Patane, Sam Petersen, Carol Porter, Red Planet/Another Planet, Belinda Reid, Ben Stephens, Julia Stewart, Kenneth Suico, Marcus Volz, Evan Whittington and Chaohui Xie
Each year The Union Art Collection acquires new works from University of Melbourne students via commissions, and graduate exhibitions for display in spaces around the Student Union. This exhibition is an opportunity to display and celebrate our most recent acquisitions in the space of the George Paton Gallery.
This exhibition has been installed by Masters of Curation students in an installation workshop mentored by artist/installer Simon McGlinn.
Catalogue #122: Kenneth Suico, LAYER CUTZ (detail)
C-type photograph, 2015
PUBLIC EVENT: THURDAY 30 MAY, 5.30-6.15pm
Black Box White Cube
Guild Theatre George Paton Gallery
A spatial exchange between the George Paton Gallery and Guild Theatre
From the 22nd till the 31st of May Union House Theatre and the George Paton Gallery will be exchanging venues.
Performances on 29, 30 May and 1 June.
Is it lonely in here? Or is that just me…
A sort-of dance work and talkfest of inaction about being lonely in a truly crowded world.
THE GUILD THEATRE
Equidistant Objects: A Cagean experiment
Public Event: Thursday 30 May, 5.30-6.15pm
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST TO PARTICIPATE NOW OPEN
APPLICATION/EOI DEADLINE 15 MAY: REGISTRATIONS ESSENTIAL DUE TO LIMITED NUMBERS
Equidistant Objects: A Cagean experiment, provides the opportunity for University of Melbourne students from all disciplines interested in writing, contemporary music, performance and visual art, to create a hybrid-performance work in the Guild Theatre.
Informed by John Cage’s seminal ‘happening’ Untitled Event, 1952 (later known as Theater Piece), the Guild Theatre will be the venue for a non-narrative, cross-disciplinary project culminating in a public/event/happening/performance on Thursday 30 May. We invite students from all disciplines to participate; the project entails both expert and inexpert production, experimentation and learning. Students will devise a series of components for the project that incorporate sound, text, movement and visual art.
The students will be mentored by a writer, visual artist, performer and musician who will give a presentation and workshop on their practice.
Workshops and development from 22-29 May
Public Event: Thursday 30 May
Location for entire program: Guild Theatre, level 1, Union House
Freya McGrath, movement/dance
Melanie Irwin, sculpture
Michael Farrell, writing
Mentor to be confirmed, music
Video documentation of the project, Channon Goodwin, director Bus Projects, Fellow Traveller
Please send a paragraph of why you are interested in this project to – to Sandie Bridie firstname.lastname@example.org
This project has been supported by SSAF, Theatre Board, Union House Theatre and Arts Programs at UMSU.
Guild Theatre (left) George Paton Gallery (right)
Digital photography. George Paton photograph by Nick James Archer, 2017
PAST EXHIBITIONS 2019
20 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH
CLOSING EVENT: WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY
Isabella Froebel, Jamie Harrop, Ariane Jaccarini, Taylah Kelly, Kaitlin Linke, David Lowe and Zea Rous
Curated by Kara Rodski
Through notions of beauty, authoritative power and surveillance, identity, food, body parts, and politics, seven artists explore the presence of the uncomfortable that is hidden and interwoven in our everyday lives. Seeking to provoke unsettling and uneasy feelings or reactions through exposure to familiar yet foreign or displaced aesthetics, we invite the audience to confront the uncomfortable.
IMAGE: Taylah Kelly, I am beautiful (detail). Digital colour print, 2018
Snapshots of Simultaneity
This project compresses static social media images from one year into a single moving image. Transforming this model of time narrated as a series of images, into an algorithmic model based on measuring a personal relation to each image (memory) and using that relationship as a new dimension within the film. The film replicates the function and cognitive behaviour of memory (fading in and out, its exemption from time and its relativity), while also commenting on our digital avatars as a substitution for our own memory.
Anna Kennedy, Snapshots of Simultaneity (detail). Digital video still, 2018
Project of Colour
Po Han Kung
This portrait series celebrates the existence, resistance, and persistence of People of Colour communities whose representations are often compromised or politicised. Through a collaborative process, the creator/photographer of this series and his participants explored the multifaceted construction of their identities, sharing personal stories of conflicts, negotiation, and harmony.
Po Han Kung, Olivia. Digital photograph, 2018
The Gnomon Experiments #3
The Gnomon Experiments #3 record and map an abstract notion of space and time in relation to systems of measurement and representation. Using the sun and a range of constructed apertures as a frame-of-reference, the works question our perception of reality and our sense of being located within a wider universe.
With thanks to the Faculty of Fine Arts & Music Stuart Black Memorial Scholarship
Lucia Rossi, Gnomon #1 Expansion (detail). Microscope slides and acrylic paint, 2018
undoing (or collegially suggested obstructions)
VCA second year Photography students
We all have ways of doing things, whether these are evident to ourselves, or not. In this exhibition, pairs of second year VCA Photography students analyse each other’s works for patterns or repeated elements. From here they suggest to the other to either reverse, eliminate or change one element to create a quiet sort of havoc for the maker. Once the works are made, the colleague will then install the other’s work in the gallery, potentially undoing some of the intentions of the maker/artist.
Sanja Pahoki and Kiron Robinson, obstructed doorway
Digital image, 2018