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KINGS Artist Run acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we operate.

We offer our respect to Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation and extend this offer to all Australian First Nations people

Post-tourist

Charlie Donaldson
Kathryn Sawyer
Louise Bennett
Paul Soulellis
Provoked
Victoria Lawson
Vincent Wozniak O’Connor

Middle Gallery
7 Aug 2015–29 Aug 2015
Opening

Artists’ engagement with tourism has been under-examined. Within this exhibition it is discussed in relation to artistic strategies of institutional critique and the critique of these power structures in art practice. The abstract environment and its lack of universality is a point of opposition. The artistic, touristic subject can neither ‘perform’ nor intervene within that with which they are implicit without questioning that self-same knowledge construction. They can re-examine the power constructs of their discourse, and within the abstract space of the mediated touristic environment find a means to share the possibility of dissent. Material action crosses the barrier of perception to find a place of transition and transmission. A liminal site of exchange, knowledge and deconstruction, a critical moment on the threshold of experience purveying open-ended practice and participation. Documentation or archiving these actions furthers the dialogue and continues the discussion and the process. The artists’ actions and processes will be documented in video, photomedia, installations and websites within the gallery, and extending out from it.

 

Tourism discourse is a particular discipline within travel’s domain. Post-tourist concentrates on this field of knowledge and creates a decontructed archive of institutional exploration and open-ended process. The exhibition references the prospect of interaction and difference via the post-tourist experience as explored within the work of Louise Bennett, Charlie Donaldson, Victoria Lawson, Provoked, Kat Sawyer with Paul Soulellis and Vincent Wozniak-O’Connor. Post-tourist creates an awareness of a discipline and provides a moment of acknowledgement and affect, and an acknowledgement of mobility, its history and discourse. This moment transmits the potential for self-reflexive, embodied action and response by both the viewer and the artist.

  • Charlie Donaldson has completed a Bachelor of Photography (Honours) from the Queensland College of Art. In 2015 he exhibited inDouble Take, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane; in 2014, the QCA Graduate Showcase, at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane and the (selected) Graduate Art Show, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane. In 2013 he showed in Hearts of Gold #9, Bleeding Heart Gallery, Brisbane, Surface Tension, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane; in 2011 he exhibited in Tenterhooks, Tidy Gallery, Brisbane; in 2010 in No Longer So Linear, Queensland Centre for Photography.
  • Kathryn Sawyer is an early career artist born in Brisbane in 1987. Upon completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008 Sawyer received the Griffith University Gertrude Langer award for community leadership. In 2009 she was awarded first class honours in Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. Since then Sawyer has exhibited in numerous local and international exhibitions, including in 2014, CNTRL+SHIFt+SPACE, Inhouse ARI, Brisbane and A Knife // A Torch, Hold Art Space, Brisbane. In 2013 she showed in Addition 6 for Addition Artist Run Initiative, Brisbane; Sawyer was Artist in Residence in Nes Listamiðstöð Artist Residency in skagaströnd, Iceland and exhibited there with Rauði frystiklefinn á Skuffugarðinum, Skagaströnd Iceland and Opens, Freezing Room, Nes Artist Residency, also in Skagaströnd Iceland. In 2012 while on residency Sawyer exhibited in 3 Tonnes, in the Sanda Institution of Art and Design, Hygo Prefecture, Japan and とんとん, Gallery Tsukiyo to Syonen, Hommachi, Osaka City, Japan. In 2011 she exhibited in the Existence Festival, Exist ARI, Powerhouse, Brisbane; Your Universe—Brisbane City, Brisbane Festival, Powerhouse, Brisbane; On the Grid, Contemporary Artisan’s Collective, Brisbane; Under the Radar, Out the Back, Metro Arts, Brisbane and Present, LEVEL Artist Run Initiative, Brisbane. During 2010 she was selected for Hatched at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and worked in a studio with Level ARI. Her work is held in the Griffith University Art Collection, the Mackay Regional Gallery Art Collection and private collections in Australia and overseas.
  • Louise Bennett has completed a bachelor of Fine Arts Visual Arts with honours from the Queensland University of Technology. She was awarded The Melville Haysom Memorial Art Scholarship from QAG/GOMA in 2010 and was awarded an Arts Queensland Career Development Grant to participate in the Ionion Centre of Culture and Arts artists residency program in Greece, 2012. She has recently exhibited with MAAP Space and completed a residency with them. She has also exhibited in solo shows in Brisbane with David Pestorious Projects, Boxcopy and the Ionion Centre for Culture & Art in Greece. Louise has shown in-group exhibitions at Spiro Grace Art Rooms Gallery, Australian artist run initiative’s including feminist ARI: Level in Brisbane, Paper Plane Gallery in Sydney and Screen Space in Melbourne. She is also a director of the artist run initiative Accidentally Annie Street Space.
  • Paul Soulellis (b. 1968) is a New York based artist and creative director, maintaining his studio in Long Island City, NY. He explores memory and representation through photography, typography, language and the book form. Most recently, he developed Library of the Printed Web, a curatorial project organized around artists who create printed matter from content found on the web. The collection is housed in a wooden display crate and will be featured at The Book Affair at the opening of the 55th Venice Biennale. A 12-volume book work commissioned by the b-side Multimedia Arts Festival, was installed/performed in Weymouth, England for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.. Stripped (Sixty-Six Sunsets Stripped), part of a collaborative book work in honor of Ed Ruscha’s 75th birthday, was featured in “Ed Ruscha / Books & Co.” at Gagosian Gallery, New York. Paul was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2011. Paul’s work is in numerous public and private collections, including The John Cage Trust, Ed Ruscha and Richard Kostelanetz. His work has been exhibited at Gagosian Gallery, Mews Project Space in London, London South Bank University, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, University of North Carolina and University of Toronto. He speaks regularly about his work and has been a visiting critic at Cornell University, Columbia University, City University of New York and Parsons The New School of Design. He was a featured speaker at the BookLive conference in London in June 2012.
  • Having first met 10 years previous, Provoked re-met at art school in 2007 where romance led to artistic collaboration. They are both graduates of the Queensland College of Art and have participated in a number of groups shows, exhibited internationally (Poland) and have a couple of grants from the Australia Council and Arts Queensland under their belt. Brent is soon to record another album, and Gabriella is currently a doctoral student at QCA. Both Brent and Gabriella contribute to the practical component of the thesis. They are also growing snap peas, lettuce, carrots, spinach and beetroot, and hope to add a dog to their family in the coming months.
  • Victoria Lawson (b. 1973) graduated with a PhD. Visual Arts in sculpture, performance and installation at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney (2014), where she was also awarded a University Postgraduate Award (2008–2010). Recently she has performed a number of embodied interventions including, beware of the gap before boarding (2011–2014) and has exhibited in exhibitions such as: Taking up Space, articulate, Sydney (2015). In July, 2014 she gave a tour of selected works in Certains Abstract Things, Griffith University Art Gallery; in may, 2015 Lawson hosted the Institute of Modern Art's reading group, and in July, 2015 she participated in RAQS Media Collective's The Time Symposium as a part of 'Imaginary Accord' at the Institute of Modern Art. Her exhbition history includes: the nonevent entitled: the people are revolting (bare life), Magnetic Island (2013), Performing the Digital, Inflight Gallery, 2010; during 2008, THISISCURATING1 – 40...for Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney and Dream Merchant for the Blacktown Arts Centre (2008–2009); in 2007 she exhibited in the solo exhibition Walking to Work, series III, Brunswick street for QCP, Brisbane; in 2006: +Plusfactors at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA); Our Investment at the Queensland Centre for Photography and contributed to a mail art project for Artetica and unicef in Rome and Cesena, Italy. In 2008–2009 she was artist in residence at the Obras Art Foundation, Evoramonte, Portugal. She has completed a six months residency at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Sydney (2008). From 12 september - 25 october she will be, once again, exhibiting in Dream Merchant for the Mosman Art Gallery.
  • Vincent Wozniak O’Connor is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW Art and Design. He has exhibited widely in Sydney and in other capital cities, including: The World is Flat, Breezeblock Gallery, Sydney, 2014; Mound, Pop up Gallery: The nonevent entitled ‘the people are revolting (bare life), Magnetic Island, 2013; Proto, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney; and, It is what it is: Shed, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 2013. Wozniak O’Connor is also a presenter for the Energies in the Arts Conference, this August, presented by National Institute for Experimental Arts in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

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