Magic Eye brings together a group of diverse individual and collective contemporary art-makers to fill the Platform cabinets with collage, assemblage and drawing. These artists all share an interest in the uncanny, the perverse and the hallucinatory...
ENRIQUE TOCHEZ ANDERSON
THEA BAUMANN & DARIO VACIRCA
RACHEL FEERY & LISA STEWART
Enrique Tochez Anderson
paint, fabric, plastic
Enrique Tochez graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from RMIT in 2007. Since then he has continued to develop his solo practice, as well as developing collaborative multi-disciplinary projects including the upcoming GALAXYHEAD party which will present futuristic installation and new electronic music at the Lobb & Frith Project Space. Further information is available at Bugloss WD.
tubing, foam, paint, sand, teeth
Hugo Atkins is an emerging artist based in Melbourne. His work was included in Zero & Not at 45Downstairs in August 2009.
Thea Baumann & Dario Vacirca
gold leaf paper, cocktail glasses, neon tubing, toy dinosaurs, video loop on various screens (installation detail)
Rachel Feery & Lisa Stewart
acrylic painted backdrop, polystyrene, cardboard, paint, sand
As explorers of imaginary realms, artists Rachel Feery and Lisa Stewart work collaboratively, combining sound, sculpture, video and installation to take people on an adventure through the unknown. Just like a science fiction or storybook plot, they create openings – be it a viewfinder, soundscape, portal or diorama – from which one can enter the magical world of make-believe. These constructions aim to transport the viewer out of the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Rachel Feery completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours at Monash University in 2008. Recent exhibitions include: Hide and Seek, China Club Arts Hub, This is Not Art Festival, Newcastle, 2009, Big!, Queens Theatre, Adelaide, 2009, Wanderlust at C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2009, Make Believe, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne 2008 and Extended mind: Extended Body, Off The Kerb, Melbourne 2007.
Lisa Stewart completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Photomedia at Monash University in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts in Film & Television at Monash University in 2009. Recent exhibitions include: Hide and Seek, China Club Arts Hub, This is Not Art Festival, Newcastle, 2009, Post: A Group Show, Place Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne, 2009, Big! Queens Theatre, Adelaide, 2009, The Ecologies Project, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne 2008, Swift: Video art screenings, St Kilda Film Festival, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne 2008, Once Upon a Time: Off the Kerb’s 1st Birthday Show, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne, 2008, Through Different Eyes, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne University, Melbourne 2007.
Past collaborations between Feery & Stewart include, Echoes of Gold at O Projects Gallery, Melbourne 2008 and Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, 2009, Debut V at Blindside, 2009, and The Craft Exchange Salon at 25A Warehouse as part of The Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2008.
Greatest Hits (Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer & Simon McGlinn) is a impulsive paranoia driven collaboration, hellbent on questioning the absurd equilibrium of creation and destruction in the psyche of a group that perversely ravishes the notion of the creation of meaning and interpretation. Ritualistic acts of frustrated futility allude to the inane purpose of artistic endeavour, referencing common notions of the artist and their mysterious drive to push importance over practicality and into a world where the end has no beginning. Narrative collides with genre while systematically combining optimistic possibility with the sweet smell of ever-present failure. Insight into the views of three protagonists' psychological catastrophes, results in a cross-pollinating narrative that continuously feeds back into itself in a churning cycle of connections and potentialities for meaning.
The collaborative group Greatest Hits are three individuals trying their best to agree long enough to work on creative projects. Their outcomes highlight the dynamic of the group consciousness and how it relates to their world and contemporary art. Solo exhibitions include Keep it together at TCB in September 2009 and TACOCAT at Westspace in June 2009.
Framed collage on archival paper
78 x 58cm
Kate Just is an American born, Melbourne based artist who first became known for her sculptural knitting practice informed strongly by emotional and autobiographical references. Just's practice has also encompassed use of mixed media sculpture, collage, digital print, and video. Experiences of childhood memory, her own migration, and the garden/natural environment as an allegory for the human condition influenced her early works, while more recent works envisage transformations of human (in particular female) bodies into natural and other forms and the landscapes these imagined bodies inhabit. Just’s works incorporate Greek and other mythologies, such as Persephone's descent underground and Daphne's transformation into a laurel tree. She also uses religious and art historical references, studies in feminism and science fiction. Her work posits transformation as a metaphor for personal struggles, loss, awakening, emerging sexuality and creativity.
Just is represented by Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra.
Ink on paper
100 x 70 cm
Louise Klerks graduated from Sydney College of the Arts in 2005. She completed her Honours degree in sculpture, performance and installation art. Since relocating to Melbourne in 2007, Louise has completed a Diploma of Education at Melbourne University and works as the education coordinator at No Vacancy Gallery. Her particular interests include illustration, performance art and public interventions.
spray paint, miniature canvases, mirror balls, photographs, toys
fabric, wooden poles, plaster casts, toys, wire
My studio is currently filled with plastered objects, plastic animals, $2 shop stuff and material casts of objects. Eclectic maybe? I use 600ml coke bottles a lot, I think I may just be trying to hide the fact that I buy too many of them. Pieces of objects are bound together to make strange and quirky gestures. Play and experimentation are central to creating a language. If my family were artists that influenced me my mum would be Richard Tuttle, my dad would be Hany Armanious, my big sister would be Mikala Dwyer and my little brother would be Gedi Sibony – Franz West would be my favourite uncle.
Pippa graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 2004. Her current practice spans sculpture, installation, photography and drawing. Pippa has exhibited with Special Gallery, Enjoy Gallery, High St Project and the Physics Room in New Zealand and C3 Contemporary Art Space in Melbourne. Pippa is currently completing her MFA by Research at Monash University.
dried orange peels
My practice is defined by an intimate interaction with materials.
Objects of the home and things at hand are used as tools and symbols
to playfully explore ideas of memory, value, time, chance, and logic.
Currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Art, this November I will also
be showing at the VCA Art Graduate exhibition and at Bus Projects in
February. I have previously shown at various group and student
exhibitions at the Margaret Lawrence, George Paton, as well as at
tattooed doll, texta and ink on paper
individual works with variable dimensions
Mark Silipo is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Melbourne. He completed a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) degree at RMIT University in 2008 where he majored in doodling. His work mixes surreal psychedelia with pop culture and childhood memories. In 2009 he solely illustrated and designed a 52-page zine called Teen Vomit.
More of Mark's work can be seen at Magic Sweater.