A Short Lesson in Embroidery, 2013
Graphite, archival paper, thread
Anna Dunnill’s practice investigates language and communication through a variety of forms. In the context of the Light Locker she has considered the notions of containment, boundary and the human need for instruction, reflecting on the body as a tenuous container of ‘self’.
Treated wood, clay, gold and silver leaf, metallic spray paint, acrylic paint, digital photographic print
Nathan Beard is an artist based in Perth, Western Australia who received his Bachelor Arts (Art) with First Class Honours from CurtinUniversity in 2010.
Notable projects include The Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere collaboration with Abdul Abdullah and Casey Ayres, presented at the 2012 Next Wave Festival. He is also a recipient of a 2012 ArtStart grant from the Australia Council.
Whoopikabinet continues Beard’s investigation into shrine based sculptural installations and esoteric pop cultural influences. The work imagines the light locker space as a public shrine to the significant achievements of African-American actress, comedian and talk-show personality Whoopi Goldberg. The Light Locker is transformed into a facsimile of Ms Goldberg’s trophy cabinet, housing a primitively rendered depiction of her EGOT (the highest achievement in show business comprising of a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) alongside crudely manufactured sculptures depicting African fertility dolls.
The work is intended to act as an elegy to a period in the early ‘90s crucial to the development of the artist, where Ms Goldberg was a significant pop culture figure and box office draw at the height of her career. What makes this achievement more significant is that she is an eccentric and abrasive, sometimes controversial, public persona who is not considered conventionally attractive, now inexplicably relegated to co-hosting daytime television. The work earnestly celebrates and laments these achievements and her career (the digital print is of Ms Goldberg’s most recent Academy Awards appearance which was roundly criticised), offering a sly critique of the notion of an apparently post-racial American cultural climate where an ‘exotic’ persona similar to Ms Goldberg’s would now struggle to achieve a comparable degree of success or sustained public consciousness.
Waypoint d’ironie, 2013
Paper and Wire
Devon Ward is a graphic designer pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Western Australia. His work is examines the underlying meanings within typographic marks and their use as a system of navigation.
Waypoint d’ironie uses punctuation to create a three-dimensional structure from a two-dimensional plane. It explores the space between traditional methods of navigation and the actual terrain.
Salt crystals, twine, wire, timber, light globe, glassware, plant life, water colour on detail paper
Amber Harries is an emerging artist from Perth, WA. She graduated from Central Institute of Technology in 2009 with an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts. Amber participates in many community based art projects and contributed to Royal Perth Hospital’s Artists in Hospital Program in 2007-2008. In 2010 she was selected for the Hatched National Graduate Exhibition at PICA. Harries had a one year studio residency at VENN where she developed her solo show Wonderhost for freerange gallery in 2011. In 2011 she co-founded the artist run gallery/studios Paper mountain. She is currently working on her second solo show Marine Snow furthering her research into life cycles and ecologies.
Drift.Sink.Settle is an exploration into the life cycle of debris both organic and man made from its origin to final settling. Twine and salt threads bind factory with hand made components weaving natural and artificial into one.
Sky crystals, 2013
Play dough, plastic rocks, glitter, photo prints, pipe cleaners, plastic sheeting, plastic bottle tops, paint, string, pompoms, silicone beads
“I am humbled by the universe- the vastness, the life forms, life cycles, landscapes and energy. When I think about the big questions, the questions without answers, the possibilities of possibilities, I know I am a tiny speck of wonderment. My mind and body want to reach, grasp and explore so I play with materials at hand to try to learn. This leads to more questions, questions made tangible. We can go to other places making tangents with the mundane, other worlds in reality and reality in other worlds. I am nourished by the soup of existence.”