18 November – 2 December 2017
Screening & drinks | Saturday 18 November 3pm
Work-shy is a small selection of drawings and paintings in progress that reflects on the conditions of being an ’emerging’ artist in Brisbane over several years, and Ferguson having to support her practice through working at various government institutions including Centrelink. This ‘reality’ became radically translated through her experience this year of, (initially self-funded) study, art-making, and being an Australian artist in Europe through the Maumaus Independent Study Programme in Lisbon. This intensive period of study, a mix of visiting critical theorists and artists, along with the (sometimes revealing) reality of undertaking The Grand Tour Of Global Art Exhibitions – Venice Biennale, Documenta, Athens, Kassel, and Skulptur Projekte Münster, prompted the current, ongoing, body of work.
These works will be exhibited alongside a screening of ‘Maumaus 2017 NOTEBOOK, ETC,’ by Lucas W. Melkane (1988, Denmark), a video work that also documents his very different experience as a colleague in the programme.
Brooke Ferguson (1989, Australia) participated in the 2017 Maumaus Independent Study Programme in Lisbon, Portugal with the generous support of a 2017 Brisbane City Council Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship. She also undertook a residency at Parramatta Studios in October/November 2017. Brooke was publication projects coordinator at Boxcopy from 2013-2016.
Image: Brooke Ferguson the respectable face of power 2017, pencil on paper (detail).