September Exhibitions -- Bryan Spier / Dionisia Salas / Oliver Hull

 Jealous Paintings is concerned with the location of the subject in abstract painting. It meditates on the act of painting as translation, and the implied promise that a real subject exists at one end of this translative chain. It is an attempt to activate deferral and absence as painterly properties that can be applied to a surface: to obliterate marks as the very result of making them. The works in Jealous Paintings are rather in denial that they are present at all, instead perpetually referring to a subject that exists nowhere.

Dionisia Salas is interested in the relationship of making a painting and the transmission of ideas, through gestures, texture, colour, patterning and layering in contrast with a visual, emotional response to the work.

For her work at Platform she has filled the Vitrine with second hand clothing, sourced from her personal wardrobe, the street and op shops. Sandwiched between the glass and the clothing are her images. The space becomes an extension of the picture plane as she moves between what is real, what is abstraction and what is fiction, an act of looking, experience and memory. 

 Oliver Hull’s works take the form of various reconfigurations of fictional and real referents such as scientific materials, quantifiable data, fictional characters and everyday objects to create situations where the viewer is prompted to speculate on that which can only be imagined or simulated. Hull is currently making work about landscapes that can only be experienced through representation, such as outer space and the deep ocean.

August Exhibitions -- Martina Copley (curator), Renee Cosgrave, Anna Finlayson, Stephen Giblett, Heidi Holmes, Lou Hubbard, Bridie Lunney, Andrew McQualter, Sanné Mestrom, Viv Miller, Lynette Smith, Elke Varga / Hahna Read and Charlotte Watson / Mira Oosterweghel

I always read by listening to the text presents a polyphonic approach to the stutter by twelve contemporary artists. A threat to coherence and fluency, the lingering stutter is the percussive space of ‘words and their in-betweens’ (Celan). A hindrance that moves and dances, the stutter bypasses language, or at least the communicative properties attributed to it, in favour of rhythmic and sonic play. When thought of as a ‘highjacking of speech’ (Deleuze); or as ‘the foreigner from within which rhythms you’ (Blanchot); the stutter is a sideways move that allows for a particular kind of attentiveness to our inner murmurings.  Mobilising the stutter, I always read by listening to the text is more of an ensemble than an exhibition, to be read ‘as heard’ by passing viewers. In a series of false starts, disarticulations and soundings, these artists (not sound-artists) work with an exteriorized form of inner speech in spaces conceived for viewing.

Mutual Store aims to provide the viewer with an intimate space to question and explore the illuminated void. Using seemingly disparate objects of varying design value, they are recast as individual, handmade copies that are then rendered functionless. As a whole, there becomes a seemingly functional mechanism of display, yet suspended in space, literally hovering between art and design. Mutual Store presents a mid-century spectacle through reuse of designs of their contextual era, yet temporalizes and removes them from their intended purpose. 

Underground Behavings is an investigation into how our gestures and behaviours are affected by space and place. Seeking to show that it is a balancing act for each of us to negotiate how we act, given that while we are the masters of our own body, our body is also inscribed by the landscape we inhabit.

July 2014 exhibitions -- Lauren Berkowitz, Nadine Christensen, Yvette Coppersmith, John Davis, Charles Dennington, Rozalind Drummond, Emily Krum, Midori Mitamura, Nest Architects, The Field Institute, Yuko Yokota / Tom Parsons / Kendal McQuire

The exhibition Kaleidoscope is inspired by the back to the land movement and intentional communities that flourished as social experiments and ecological alternative ways of living during the 1960s and early 1970s. Back grounded and drawing from a wellspring of material including the writing of Joan Didion, and T.C. Boyle to films such as ‘Woodstock’, before hip mass gatherings were commonplace, to the skewered idealism awash in the documentary ‘The Weather Underground’. These largely failed utopias sought an alternative: to change the social and ecological fabric. Kaleidoscope brings together artists, from Melbourne, Sydney and Tokyo, an architectural practice, a research led design office and an 11 year old student all with a constellation of approaches in their ideas and practice to create works that obliquely reference and propose a response about these noble, social experiments.

Tom Parsons’ project Vignette is an installation that takes from notions of the Still Life, primarily its subject matter and common motifs, in order to consider moments or objects of plainness or insignificance.
Taking the site of the Vitrine to consider the function of the delimited space for viewing and display, the intersections between modes of two-dimensional and three-dimensional displays of representation are played upon.

A flattened figure unrolls and unravels, bending and bowing.
Flat forms flex investigates the animation of a 2D cutout in a 3D world.
In an absurd practice of ‘truth to materials’ a yoga mat performs a series of poses.

Kendal McQuire is interested in material misbehavior. She observes and records materials that ‘act up’ and ‘kick back’, capturing the moment when object becomes performer.


Platform is currently seeking proposals for Sample, Vitrine and our Main Cabinets.

Put your thinking caps on, and get writing.

Proposals are due at midnight on Monday 28th July.

You can find an application pack here.

June Artist Talks

ARTIST TALKS -- 1.30pm Friday 13 June

Come join the artists as they discuss their current exhibitions:

Friday 13 June, 1.30pm

Meet near the Coffee Kiosk

Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces
Campbell Arcade, Degraves Street Underpass