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Presentism

DECADE: PRESENTISM
26 August – 24 September 2017
Opening Saturday 26 August 6pm

Eleanor and James Avery, Anastasia Booth, Sam Cranstoun,  Caitlin Franzmann & Kate Woodcroft, Kinly Grey, Daniel McKewen, Sarah Poulgrain, Sandra Selig, Tyza Stewart, David M Thomas with Suzanne Howard.

Presentism looks back at ten years of Boxcopy’s history, through the lens of current practices of Brisbane-based artists who have participated in the program over that time. The title of the exhibition describes a tendency to interpret past events in terms of modern values and concepts. While often used negatively to critique particular accounts of history, in this case looking at the past through practices of the present testifies to the qualities of resilience and endurance that serve to sustain the practices of individual artist and the communities in which they operate.

Join us for the opening event on Saturday 26th August at 6pm and then for special events in September. Gallery opening hours are Friday and Saturday 2pm-6pm.

EVENTS

Anastasia Booth | We’re Doomed: Monologues of Failure | Saturday 23rd September 4:30pm

We’ve all felt it before. The watering eyes, the knot in the chest, a creeping sense of doom when everything falls to pieces. Well turn that disaster into something glorious as we celebrate failure in all its forms through the humble monologue. Monologues that will rock you, make you cry or make you fall off your seat laughing. Anastasia Booth and Boxcopy invite you to the poetry event We’re Doomed: Monologues of Failure on Saturday 23 September 4:30pm – reliving personal narratives of failure through digital works and spoken word. Speakers for the event include – Joseph Breikers, Lucy Forsberg, Callum Galletly, Dhana Merritt, David M Thomas, Caitlin Reynolds, Leena Riethmuller and Jake Sun.

Weekend Immendorff | Saturday 23rd September 6pm

After purchasing a record by Edgar Froese in a downbeat shopping mall on the Gold Coast, Susanne Howard and David M Thomas began Weekend Immendorff. Weekend Immendorff is an musical collaboration that detours German and other Electronic Music. Their music is spontaneous – adhering to the maxim “there are no wrong notes” just opportunities for improvisation.

Caitlin Franzmann & Kate Woodcroft | Sunday 24th September 11am

What is underneath us? How should we find out? Caitlin Franzmann and Kate Woodcroft have been commissioned by Soil Science Australia to help raise awareness of the importance of soil health. Join them for an exercise considering these questions. Bring a shovel.

Art in Soil is an initiative by the Queensland Branch of Soil Science Australia. Both art and science are carried out as cultural acts valuing their environments and creativity, harnessing sense, and seeking to provide change via abstract models of our world. Art in Soil follows 6 artists/collectives over six months as they create artwork inspired by soil. The project invites people to become curious and explore the world of soils. Dirt is often associated with negative experiences, but this couldn’t be more wrong; without dirt, there would not be life.


ARTISTS

James and Eleanor Avery have been collaborating since 2004.  James has a first class BA honours degree in Fine Art and an MA from the University of Warwick, UK (1993).  Eleanor has a first class BA honours degree and an MA in Fine Art from the Birmingham City University, UK (2000). Recent exhibitions at Blindside, Melbourne; Onespace Gallery, Brisbane; Galerie Pompom, Sydney. Studio residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2011 Power Institute for the Arts); The British School at Rome (2008 Australia Council); Artspace, Sydney (2007); and Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2005).  Permanent public art commissions in Sydney and Brisbane.  Major collections include the Nomas Foundation, Rome and Artbank Australia.

Anastasia Booth works across sculpture, moving image, photography and performance. Her practice interrogates femininity in cultural production and symbolic discourse, with a focus on fetishism. Anastasia has exhibited nationally, including projects at Firstdraft (Sydney), Screen Space (Melbourne), BLINDSIDE Artist-Run Initiative (Melbourne), Australian Experimental Art Foundation (Adelaide), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney) and Metro Arts (Brisbane). Booth has been a finalist for The Sunshine Coast Art Prize, New Media Award (2015), The Churchie National Emerging Art Exhibition (2015) and the Hatched National Graduate Showat the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2012). In 2014 Anastasia commenced a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award.

Sam Cranstoun’s multidisciplinary practice combines various forms of research with a wide array of media to create work that investigates different systems of representation. His work regularly focuses on historical figures and events as a way of exploring how history is shaped, how it functions and how we as spectators rely on different visual systems as a way of understanding the past. These investigations address the importance of the role assumed by the artist in creating work, as well as the importance of popular culture, mass media, art, architecture and design in forming a collective understanding of our environment and surroundings.

Caitlin Franzmann explores contemporary art’s potential to instigate change by way of critical listening, dialogue and self-empowerment. In reaction to the fast pace and sensory overstimulation of contemporary urban life, she creates situations to encourage slowness, mindful contemplation, and social interaction in both galleries and public spaces.  Caitlin originally trained as an urban planner and in 2012 completed a BFA at Queensland College of Art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Institute of Modern Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Canberra Contemporary Art Space and torna, Istanbul, and has participated in festivals such as OtherFilm and Electrofringe.

Kinly Grey is a Brisbane-based artist who engages with embodiment and expanded poetics in exploration of art’s affect. Their practice includes instructional, performance, installation, and experience-based works. Intuition, politics of expanded queerness, and social engagement serve as their guiding methodological approaches. Kinly has exhibited in public spaces, galleries, and ARIs in Brisbane, including at Mt Coot-tha, Metro Arts, CLUTCH Collective, Cut Thumb, FAKE estate, and Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space. They have spoken on panels and discussion groups including at This Is Not Art Festival (Newcastle), and My View From Here at Metro Arts. Kinly graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2014 with First Class Honours.

Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based artist whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, economics, politics, and screen-based mass media. In 2013 Daniel was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from Queensland University of Technology for his thesis The Art of Being a Fan: Complicity and Criticality in Contemporary Art and Fandom. His artwork is held in private collections and has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, including in NEW14 at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, and You Imagine What You Desire at the 19th Biennale of Sydney. Daniel is currently a Lecturer in Media Arts at QUT and is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Sarah Poulgrain works across sewing, ceramics and video installation. Her practice uses re-enactment as a form of emotional processing, offering imagined alternatives to interactions and situations. Recent video works have both physically and digitally animated replicas of family members. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at Queensland College of Art in 2015. She has exhibited at Success (Perth), Bus Projects (Melbourne), Visual Bulk (Hobart) and has upcoming exhibitions at RM (Auckland) and Firstdraft (Sydney). She is currently forming Wreckers Artspace in Brisbane with Hailey Atkins and Anya Swan.

Sandra Selig is an artist who lives and works in Brisbane. Her recent solo exhibitions include: outsides, Milani Gallery, Brisbane 2016; light gets in, Milani Gallery, Brisbane 2012; enough, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney 2012; be some other material, Artspace, Sydney 2011. Sandra has exhibited widely in group exhibitions including: Kaleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria 2015; Luminous, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2015; Framed Movements, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2014; Contemporary Australia: Women, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane 2012; Sonic Spheres, Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Victoria, 2012 and Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Before and After Science, (with Leighton Craig), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide 2010.

Tyza Stewart’s ongoing project of self portraiture interrogates fixed ideas of binary gender by simultaneously engaging and resisting conventional archetypes. Solo exhibitions include: Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Brisbane Power House; The Arts Centre, Gold Coast; Boxcopy, Brisbane; Heiser Gallery, Brisbane; and 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney. Tyza’s work has been in group exhibitions at: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Neon Parc, and West Space in Melbourne; Gallery of Modern Art, Griffith University Art Gallery, UQ Art Museum, QUT Art Museum, Metro Arts, and FAKE Estate, in Brisbane; and Carriageworks, Sydney. Tyza Stewart completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours at Queensland College of Art in 2012. Tyza is represented by Heiser Gallery, Brisbane.

David M Thomas works across a diverse range of tactile and electronic media, addressing primary philosophic concerns of alienation, happiness and convergent technology. Thomas’ painting, sculpture, sound/ music and moving image works have been exhibited throughout Australia, including the National Portrait Gallery (Canberra), Monash Gallery (Melbourne), The University of Queensland Art Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane). Thomas has an ongoing interest in artist groups and directed collaborations, creating inclusive collaborative environments that creatively empower participants, as in Expanded Portraits(2011), Dream Job (2010/12) and Seeing and Believing May Both Be Wrong (one of us, here with you) (2015).

After purchasing a record by Edgar Froese in a downbeat shopping mall on the Gold Coast, Susanne Howard and David M Thomas began Weekend Immendorff. Weekend Immendorff is an musical collaboration that detours German and other Electronic Music. Their music is spontaneous – adhering to the maxim “there are no wrong notes” just opportunities for improvisation.

Kate Woodcroft is an artist and writer born on the unceded lands of the Jagera and Turrbal people. Her work is informed by conceptual art, meditation practices, psychoanalysis, feminism and a desire to relax.