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12 – 26 May 2018

Opening Event | Friday 11 May 6pm

Feminist Protest Selfie Session | Saturday 12 May 3 – 6pm
Artist Relay | Friday 18 May 7pm
In Conversation with Louise Mayhew | Saturday 26 May 3pm

About the Exhibition

Using objects and photographs, Caroline Phillips is interested in reconfiguring relationships of power, sexual politics and embodied experience to (re)present the relational art object as a feminist object. Through modes of connection and inter-relation in both her methodology and outcomes, Phillips (re)imagines an ethical feminist future. This current body of work, there’s something happening here…(extended remix), was developed during a recent three month residency at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn.

there’s something happening here…(extended remix) seeks to respond to the current political atmosphere of fear and violence, proposing feminist objects of protection and resistance. Stirrings of protest, retaliation and self-defense emerge through the whimsical and embodied forms. Domestic and industrial materials merge and transform into what could potentially be weapons, flotation devices, protective gear, tools and protest objects. These sculptural pieces are active and performative, enabling moments of transformation and action. Physical objects are then extended through performative photographs that imagine alternate behaviours and actions, transforming the mood and environment.

About the Artist

Caroline Phillips has recently completed four years of PhD research at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. Previously, Phillips’ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the George Paton Gallery, Melbourne, First Draft Gallery, Sydney, the Cité International des Arts, Paris, Slade School of Art, London and OCAD University, Toronto. She has been awarded a number of grants and residencies including NAVA Australian Artists’ Grant, City of Melbourne Arts Project Grant, Creative Victoria VicArts Grant, Australian Tapestry Workshop Artist in Residence and the Art Gallery of New South Wales Moya Dyring Paris Residency.

Image: Caroline Phillips Concealment #2, 2018, digital photograph. Photograph by Danielle McCarthy.

Artist Relay | Chantal Fraser + Hannah Gartside + Parallel Park

Join us on May 18, 7pm for Boxcopy’s Artist Relay series. Artists Chantal Fraser, Hannah Gartside and Parallel Park will discuss their art practices in dialogue with our current exhibition by Caroline Phillips.

Chantal Fraser is a Samoan/Australian multi-media artist who is interested in the binary and ternary connotations of adornment and silhouette when presented in varying artistic contexts. Her work questions reader relevance by subverting the perpetual cultural and anthropological interpretations of the objects made. 

Hannah Gartside is a visual artist based in Naarm/Melbourne who collects textile detritus from past and present material culture. She transforms these materials using methods such as sewing, wet-felting, patchwork quilting and costume-making. Her practice is concerned with feminism, material culture, consumerism, and personal experiences of sex and intimacy, longing and bereavement. 

Parallel Park is the collaborative art practice between Brisbane-based artists Holly Bates and Tayla Jay Haggarty. The collaboration playfully explores the external influences that impact lesbian sexuality and the intricacies of the artist’s romantic relationship. The duo has worked collaboratively for three years, exhibiting works at various spaces nationally.

Image: Parallel Park Mission Surge, 2018.

In Conversation | Caroline Phillips and Louise Mayhew

Join us at Boxcopy on Saturday 26th May, 3pm for our In Conversation series, where artist Caroline Phillips will discuss her new exhibition with Australian feminist art historian Dr Louise Mayhew. 

Louise Mayhew is the Foundation Theory Convenor at QCA, Brisbane and completed her PhD at UNSW Art & Design in 2014.  Her thesis investigated a history of women-only art collectives in Australia. Recently she has documented the rise of ‘girl gangs’ in Australia’s contemporary art world and as the SLNSW Nancy Keesing Fellow, she researched the library’s holdings of posters made at Sydney’s infamous Women’s Warehouse (1979–81). Louise has also written for the AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Rebus, Art Monthly, Imprint, SL News and The CoUNTess.