STEPHEN PALMER & UTAKO SHINDO
9 – 23 June 2018
Opening Event & Artist Talk | Friday 8 June 6 – 9pm
Artist Relay | Saturday 23 June 4pm
a series of rendezvous
like hail falling
“collaborators” of sorts.
at the mercy of
to divulge or betray,
what is transparent or opaque
present or far
About the Exhibition
postscript/追伸 is a collaborative project between Melbourne-based artist Stephen Palmer and Tokyo-based artist Utako Shindo, developed out of a long running dialogue related to shared interests in translation, displacement, gesture, and the rifts between points of perception in time and space. The exhibition has been developed in correspondence, through email and skype conversations, and the exchange of photographs and drawings.
About the Artists
Stephen Palmer is an artist and writer based in Melbourne. Recent practice employs video, text and photography, and is concerned with the uncertainties of perception and transcription. He has persisted in teaching at various art schools in Melbourne, and is completing a PhD at the VCA. Exhibitions include Endless Projection (Blindside, forthcoming), The Anxiety of the Relation (Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2018), Vexed Appendix (George Paton Gallery, 2015), Hesitation (BUS Projects, 2014) and Faux Novel (RMIT Project Space, 2014). He was a facilitator of Light Projects ARI, Northcote (2009-11).
Working between Australia and Japan since 2003, Utako Shindo explores the poetics of (untranslatability, and semantic and material translation/transformation in art. Her art employs the various ‘transfer’ (known as ‘utsuru’ in Japanese, meaning reflect, project, trace, emerge and transfer) processes, manifested as drawing, print, relief, photography and video, which often together comprise an installation work. She completed her Ph.D. at the Centre for Ideas, VCA&MCM, the University of Melbourne in 2017, and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. Recent exhibitions include, Reminiscent of long gone by, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2018; unJapan, Kanzan Gallery, Tokyo, 2017.
Image: Stephen Palmer and Utako Shindo excerpt from studies for ‘postscript/追伸’ 2018. Digital print, 42 x 59.4 cm.
Artist Relay | Charlie Hillhouse + Annie Macindoe + Martin Smith
Join us on Saturday 23rd June, 4pm for Boxcopy’s Artist Relay series. Artists Charlie Hillhouse, Annie Macindoe and Martin Smith will discuss their art practices in dialogue with our current exhibition by Stephen Palmer & Utako Shindo.
Charlie Hillhouse is an Australian photographer and passionate advocate of DIY publishing. Working primarily in photography Hillhouse’s practice blends a snapshot mentality with abstraction produced through a combination of printing techniques and image manipulation. Focusing on the banal, this mixed methods approach to image production prioritises form and aesthetic composition within everyday experiences. Recently expanding into video production and text installation, Hillhouse has widened the potential for these moments to augment conventional understanding of photographic practices in art.
Annie Macindoe is a Brisbane-based artist who is interested in how creative practice can respond to the limitations of traditional forms of language in the representation of loss and grief. Her practice deploys both written and visual language to construct multi-channel video installation works that present fragmented narrative forms. Macindoe draws on her own fragmented memories of loss, and reframes these through word, image and sound to poetically reimagine these repressed memories and emotions. Her work aims to reframe the dialogue around public and private responses to loss and grief and open up a discussion of their potential for shared, affectual, experiences through art.
Martin Smith’s research explores the synthesis of the two powerful communicative modes of representation in contemporary culture: text and the photograph. His artworks use personal narrative in ways that seek to unsettle the recognised descriptive and representational modes and composites for using text and photographs. These personal narratives are made up of letters cut into the photograph and often form an additional shape or vignette within or over the photographic image. This configuration intends to disrupt our usual expectation for reading or illustrating narrative and aims to create new understanding of the nature of the photograph and the role it plays in creating personal identity through the construction of narrative worlds. Martin is currently the convenor of the Photographic Art Practice stream of the Bachelor of Photography at the Queensland College of Art/Griffith University.
Image: Martin Smith Foamcore, 2018. Pigment print with cut out letters, 650 x 800cm.