THE MAY SHOWS



THE MAY SHOWS
Opening 6-8pm Friday 8 May 2009
Degraves Street Subway Melbourne

Featuring:

Kate McIntyre (Platform)
Sue-Ching Lascelles (Vitrine)
Georgia Gillard (Sample)
Louise Dibben (Frame)
Matt Shaw (Garden)
Ness Flett (Majorca)

Emerging Curator appointed

We are extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Laura Castagnini in the position of Emerging Curator for 2009. Laura is a graduate of Monash University and has curated various group shows in Melbourne for O Projects and worked with Next Wave Festival 2008. As well as being a founding committee member of O Projects, Laura is a practicing artist and has exhibited in Australia, Italy and Japan. We welcome Laura to the Platform Team and look forward to her upcoming shows at Sample and 2010 Projects!

Making Sense of Censorship

Following on from the recent spate of censorship actions against Platform and other galleries, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) have announced they will soon be releasing a new book on censorship, law and artists' rights in Australia. Right on!

Read Liza Power's article from The Age here.

Hamstrung: Creativity Within Constraints

Curated by Anusha Kenny
Stuart Bailey, Kaori Kato, Azlan McLennan, Rosie Miller, Carl Scrase

Sometimes it is so hard to write the first word. There is too much to say and too many ways to say it. If you are a contemporary artist, there are even more problems. You have to decide on a medium, an aesthetic, and before that you have to decide whether to decide on any of these things at all. This can be paralysing, and you might decide that it is easier to become a scientist.

If you are lucky, you will have limits imposed on you. You may only have watercolours available, for example. This constraint will open up a world of opportunities because you now know you will be a contemporary watercolorist. But what if you want to paint photorealist portraits in the style of Chuck Close? Well, then you will have to beat the limits of your medium.

Anusha Kenny is currently completing the Art & Australia and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Emerging Writer’s Program. In 2008 she was the inaugural curator-in-residence for Platform’s Sample exhibition space. She has curated exhibitions for TCB and the Melbourne University Arts Festival. Her writing has been published in Australian Art Collector, Art & Australia and UN magazine. Anusha is the gallery manager for Platform Artists Group and this is her second curated group show in the main exhibition space.

STUART BAILEY





Stuart Bailey
Grass then Beer: You're in the Clear/Beer then Grass: You're on your Arse
Papier-mâché, bottles, string, cloth, paint
(installation detail)
© 2009

Stuart Bailey graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Art (Visual Art) at Canberra School of Art, ANU, and has exhibited widely across Australia, New Zealand, and America. Solo exhibitions include Desert Mouth at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Building Self Esteem at Fremantle Arts Centre and Party H.Q at Enjoy Gallery in Wellington. His work was included in the Bon Scott Project at Fremantle Arts Centre, Old Skool (never lose that feeling) at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Australia Council’s Los Angeles Studio Residency.

KAORI KATO





Kaori Kato
Hamstrung: Creativity Within Constraints
folded paper prints
(installation details)
© 2009

Kaori Kato completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing) at VCA in 2008. Her Drawing Machine was included in the 2008 Melbourne Art Fair, and her work has been exhibited at Victoria Park Gallery, Brunswick Street Gallery and Margaret Lawrence Gallery. Kaori was the 2008 Recipient of the Wallara Travelling Scholarship.

AZLAN McLENNAN





Azlan McLennan
It's Coming
composite digital prints
(installation detail)
© 2009

Azlan McLennan is currently completing his Master of Fine Art at the VCA. He has recently returned from a residency in Scotland. Selected solo projects include Proudly unAustralian at Trocadero Art Space and Pay Your Way, funded by Urbanart. His work was included in Flux Capacitor, curated by Pilot at Utopian Slumps in 2008 and Rules of Engagement, curated by Mark Feary at West Space in 2007.

ROSIE MILLER



Rosie Miller
Hamstrung: Creativity Within Constraints
reconstructed books
(installation detail)
© 2009

Rosie Miller graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Printmaking) from the VCA in 2007, receiving the National Gallery Women’s Association Encouragement Award. In 2008 her work was included in the curated group shows TYPECAST at Sophie Gannon and Exploration at Flinders Lane Gallery, and was shown in DEBUT IV at Blindside. Miller is represented by Lindberg Contemporary Art.

CARL SCRASE



Carl Scrase
Hamstrung: Creativity Within Contraints
stationary
(installation detail)
© 2009

Carl Scrase is a graduate from Fine Art (Painting) at the VCA. In 2008 his work was included in House Proud, a curated project during the Next Wave Festival that was included in the Melbourne Art Fair. He has exhibited at TCB, Shifted, Seventh Gallery and Bus Gallery, and was also a founding member of Oprojects Gallery. He is represented by John Buckley Gallery and is having his first solo show there in June 2009.

CHRIS ANDREWS

Chris Andrews completed his PhD in French Poetry at the University of Melbourne in 1994, and has since worked as a Lecturer in the Department of French, Italian and Spanish Studies. He has translated several books from Spanish to English, and is the leading translator of the work of Roberto Bolano. He is the author of two books of poetry, Cut Lunch and Septuor. His translations, critical articles and poems have been widely published including The Age, Antipodes and the Australian Literary Review.

Chris Andrew's poetry is on show at Majorca, Centre Place Melbourne throughout April.

MATCH BOX PROJECTS



Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki
Match Box Projects Portable Gallery
© 2009

Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki (aka Match Box Projects) will work in collaboration with the people of Melbourne to create a portrait of the city during April at Platform. For the last three years, Leanne and Naomi have travelled extensively in Australia and Japan with Match Box Galleries, their portable, handheld cases - filled with small works made by a diverse range of contemporary artists. Leanne and Naomi take photographic portraits of their guests and are inviting them, together with local people they will meet, to create small-scale works for empty matchboxes by responding to the theme "Melbourne – My City". All works will be installed in Vitrine to create an evolving portrait of Melbourne.

As well as the Melbourne launch of Match Box Galleries, the artists will conduct a series of talks and performances to create a multimedia diary of their travels through Australia and Japan that will be presented in Sydney and Osaka. Look out for event dates on their website www.matchboxprojects.com

Artists involved in People Make Places include: Monika Behrens, Mark Brown, Simon Cooper, Benedict Ernst, Adam Hill, Mary-Anne Kyriakou, Helena Leslie, Zoe MacDonell, Luis Martinez, Louis Pratt, and more.

Match Box Projects are a Sydney based artist duo working across performance, installation, multimedia and collaborative exchange. They draw on the dynamics of everyday life and human interactions to explore issues of identity and perception. Leanne and Naomi have been awarded various grants for their projects, including an Arts NSW Project Grant, the Japan Foundation Emerging New Visual Artists Grant, a Federation of Australia Japan Societies Grant, and the National Association of Visual Artists (NAVA) Marketing Grant. Their work will also appear in the upcoming Sydney ARI Guide, spotlighting Sydney's numerous artist run initiatives.

Visit the Match Box Projects website.

EUGENIA LIM & NIC WHYTE





Eugenia Lim & Nic Whyte
Loose Lips Sink Ships
paper, cardboard, cellophane, wood, net, lights, AV loops, screens
Frame view and installation detail
© 2009

A journey to the ends of the earth collaboration between Nic Whyte and Eugenia Lim. Loose Lips Sink Ships combines weird optics, tricks of light and shade and Whyte and Lim's current obsession with re-imagining geography, science and common sense.

Eugenia Lim is a Melbourne-based artist working across video, photo-media and installation. She works predominantly in video and photo-media to explore notions of identity, race and popular culture. Currently, her work is included in Figuring Landscapes, a touring programme of artist video from Australia and the UK, shown at the Tate Modern in February and travelling to Australia in late 2009. In September she will exhibit a new solo work entitled NOWHERELAND at Blindside ARI. In December 2009 she will travel to New York on an Australia Council for the Arts RUN_WAY grant for a dual residency with the Experimental Television Centre and Share NY. She VJs regularly and is an active member of audio-visual collective Outpost as well as a founding and ongoing member of Tape Projects.

Nic Whyte is good with ones and zeros and is an accomplished designer and artist. Currently, he is collaborating on design and catalogue visualisation for the eagerly-anticipated MONA: Museum of Old and New Art and has exhibited widely throughout Australia with Tape Projects and in various guises. Nic is also a founding and ongoing member of Tape Projects
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