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.

PROPOSAL CALLOUT FOR 2015


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

June 2014 Exhibitions -- Julia Francis, Steven Leslie, Brennan Olver, Aurelia Guo, Nina Gilbert / Jimmy Nuttall / Hayden Stuart


    
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  Everything right now is just good. And we can bring all of that’s good to you, right now.

Let’s make it feel good. But together - all of us.

Shoes off and the heater turned on just at a medium temperature.

Come at 5.30 and we’ll have it finished by 6.30.

Sit on the floor, to the side. You’ll have to watch first. Just watch this and see how good we are and how good that feels.

GOOD is the sister work to COUNTRY STRUM (2013). 


 
Maybe he’s out for the _night uses The Scooby Doo Show as a starting point for creating work.  By appropriating tropes from within the cartoon, Hayden Stuart plays with concepts of identity in relation to psychoanalysis.  The moment of unmasking the villain becomes a defining point in the creation of identity through the act of revealing. 

May Artist Talks

ARTIST TALKS -- 1.30pm Friday 16 May
 

Come join the artists as they discuss their current exhibitions:

Theia Connell & Samantha McCulloch, Georgie Mattingley, Ella Sowinska
 

Friday 16 May, 1.30pm
 

Meet near the Coffee Kiosk
 

Platform Public Contemporary Art Spaces
Campbell Arcade, Degraves Street Underpass