THE AUGUST SHOWS



Opening Friday 7 August 2009 from 6-8pm
Degraves Street Subway – Melbourne Australia

Featuring:

DELL STEWART
RACHAEL HOOPER
NATASHA FRISCH
CARLY FISCHER
ANNIKA KOOPS
ADAM CRUICKSHANK
in Repeat Repeat at Platform

DOMINIC KAVANAGH at Vitrine
CHRONOX at Frame (the last Tape Projects Residency)
CLAIRE GALLAGHER at Sample (curated by Laura Castagnini)
CAROLINE EIRODIACONOU at Majorca

TOM O'HERN









Tom O’Hern
Bone Bed
Ink drawings on archive paper
individual works approx. 150 x 90 cm
© 2009

Bone Bed explores key aspects of Melbourne's history by reflecting on the build up of bones and garbage beneath Degraves Lane. This collection of work dually serves as a memento mori as well as a reminder of the often dark and bloody past that underlies our present "peace and prosperity".

Tom O'Hern is a Melbourne-based artist whose work spans illustration, murals, painting, installation and sculpture. Tom has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Tasmania.

JESSIE SCOTT



Jessie Scott
Gravity Pleasure Switchback
DVD player and screens, lights terrarium, sand, other detritus
(95 x 145 cm) (detail)
© 2009

"Everything must be different from ordinary experience...When a stranger arrives at Coney Island...his eyes tell him he is in a different world – a dream world, perhaps a nightmare world, where all is bizarre and fantastic."
Frederick Thompson, creator of Luna Park, 1904


Shot on a blustery, bleak mid-May Saturday afternoon, the powerful magnetism of memory and place is revealed in this shaky, handy cam footage of a barely-there Coney Island. R&B and the booming of touts steamroll over the emptiness, deliberately and insistently evading the issue of absence. Seagulls circle on the fog engulfed shore, and on the boardwalk, people are dancing.

Even in its vastly reduced state, with assumptions of its closure rife, there is enough magic dust mixed in with the sand and cigarette butts to draw people, in the most unlikely circumstances, into spontaneous and public reverie here. Surprising, awkward, slightly daggy and incredibly awesome at the same time, the Coney Island Dancers revive the simultaneously naive and seamy public space of the boardwalk.

Jessie Scott is a video artist who likes to examine rituals, both public and private. She is a member of Tape Projects. This is the sixth Frame Residency project from Tape Projects.

JON OLDMEADOW



Jon Oldmeadow
Phantom
Mechanised zoetrope with drawings, lights, motor
100 x 100 cm (detail view)
© 2009

Phantom (noun): an image appearing in a dream or formed in the mind

Phantom explores the fascination that comes from things seen for the first time. This series of drawings is automated by an oversized mechanized zoetrope, an analogue animation device. It takes inspiration from cave drawings found in Arnhem Land thought to be of early explorer Ludwig Leichhardt and his horse. Just as European drawings of eucalyptus trees, which appeared more like European deciduous trees, and kangaroos, which looked more like giant rats, must have seemed strange to Aboriginal people, the Indigenous representation of white people and their animals appear very peculiar, like a phantom.

Jon Oldmeadow completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University in 2007 and has collaborated as a part of Safari Team since 2006. With Safari Team, Jon has exhibited at VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, TCB, Next Wave Festival, and Seventh Gallery in Melbourne, Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney, Palazzo Vaj in Italy and WLTWSAETLV in Montreal, Canada.

SARAH BUNTING





Sarah Bunting
(upper) Diamond Drawing
pencil on paper
(lower) Volcano God/Warrior of The Tephra
digital composite (detail)
© 2009

Imagery drawn from consumer culture and current affairs, combined with the languages of analysis, advertising and corporate-speak, build in layers to create a strange, altar-like construction inside the Vitrine space. Imagining a future civilisation in which objects from our present have been recontextualised as icons of worship, Volcano God/Warrior of the Tephra presents a curious, psychedelic new vision of community and worship. Weapons and costumes recall pagan societies of the past, but the materials used to construct these items are all too clearly from our own present.

Sarah Bunting studied Visual Communication at Monash University and has lectured in Design History and Theory at RMIT TAFE for the past three years. During that time she has taken part in group exhibitions, including No Excuses at FAD Gallery, I Wear My Heart on My Tee at Boroondara Town Hall, and a 2007 Platform show with Dale Nason, Free Meat Economy. Sarah is also involved in performance art, working again with Dale Nason as part of Boutique Irrational and in 2008 formed the all-female performance collective LeoTards. Sarah also self-publishes in zines and on her blog, The Tephra.

BRIDGET RADOMSKI



Bridget Radomski
(pass) by strangers
c-type photograph
(59.4 x 84 cm)
© 2009

Changing daily, a flow of words combined with facial expressions decorate the Majorca cabinets; illustrating a voyeuristic, humorous and challenging disconnection. A seemingly unrelated word dissolves and re-emerges into an alternate meaning; a language of the street. (pass) by strangers is a collection of captured conversations and photographs by Melbourne based emerging photographic artist Bridget Radomski.

Bridget Radomski has curated and exhibited in Melbourne and Japan. Bridget is a graduate of the Photography Studies College and has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Photography) from RMIT University. She works as a commercial photographer while maintaining a studio practice exploring various mediums and specifically installation pieces.