Tessa Rapaport & Karl Logge
Book Case
Suitcases, plywood, cushions, canvas, books
Dimensions variable

Tessa Rapaport & Karl Logge are interdisciplinary artists who collaborate together on a wide range of critical and creative projects, from printmaking, drawing, sculpture and installation to writing, teaching and curatorial projects. Their work attempts to turn public places into catalysts for dialogue and exchange, and is often located in non-traditional exhibition spaces. Book Case is a temporary public reading room that travels in a suitcase. Its collection consists solely of short-format reading matter (zines, short stories, essays, poetry etc.), and changes according to each new location it appears in. Readers are encouraged to interact with each other via index/correspondence cards in each book, or by old-fashioned conversation in the reading room surrounds.

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NoBody
WeedyConnection

Plastic info points, printed material, weeds
Dimensions variable

NobBody’s interdisciplinary approach to art allows him to work collaboratively and individually, with no loyalty to particular media and materials. He is a key member of artist group SquatSpace, the Network of Uncollectable Artists and the FAG Press. His activities create dynamic social criticism resulting in site-specific, project driven interventions. Weedyconnection is an ongoing investigation where incidental botanical species are metaphorically used to display the cultural reality of Australia. The work problematises the concept of permissible species in this country, which de-facto alienates non-native ethnobotanical connections. For the occasion, permission was sought to leave a patch of the park to grow, allowing specimens to fully mature, revealing the botanical reality of our urban environments.

Huyen-Trang Tran
Dislocated Landscape

Bamboo, glass, water
150 X 150 X 26 cm

Huyen-Trang Tran was born in Vietnam and is currently completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture at COFA, UNSW. Her work is an investigation into placement, how it alters the visual coherency and modifies the meaning of certain structures. Dislocated Landscape is an installation whose visual aesthetic relies upon the qualities of the ground on which it is constructed. The circular form of the work evokes completeness, while water is used to emphasise the capacity of nature to cultivate and transform itself. As a travelling installation, Dislocated Landscape is also a metaphor for the artist’s own experience with displacement.

Jane Gillings
Disgarden

Discarded /unwanted plastic, wire, glue
Dimensions variable

Jane Gillings divides her time between teaching art at a Mission Australia youth art program, and making her own artwork. Her work is diverse and encompasses printmaking, painting, illustration and sculpture. More recently she has been exploring the concept of waste and has embraced her compulsion for hoarding to create works that resurrect discarded objects. The plastic flowers in this installation formed part of Wreath, an installation of over 200 flowers produced for Sculpture By The Sea 2007. Jane’s work attempts to draw attention to the amount of waste that we produce as humans. By presenting it back to her audience as something beautiful, she hopes to make people more aware of what they are throwing away, and its potential for reuse.

Greg Shapley
Temporal Anomaly

Electronics, crates
36 X 36 X 36 cm

Greg Shapley is a new media artist and director of Don’t Look Gallery in Dulwich Hill. He most recently participated in the group show ‘Another Book for No Good Reason’ at Chrissie Cotter Gallery. Temporal Anomaly is a sound sculpture created specifically for Maundrell Park, comprising four audio channels dispersed throughout the park in small, self-contained units. Each of these units replays audio from previous recordings in the same locations, thus collapsing other ‘times’ into the present. The work questions what place is and how it changes and reinvents itself over time. It prompts us to consider if it is only our memory that insists we are standing where we stood yesterday, or if place is in fact a fixed vessel within which matter and energy fluctuate.

Peter Williamson
Cyclops Basket

Virginia creeper, draco tree
45 cm (approx.)

Peter Williamson works with material drawn from the gardens and green waste of the inner city. Using techniques based in basketry and weaving, his goal is to draw attention to the presence of the other life forms that surround us in the city, and to give these other forms a place of honour and focus in the experience of the viewer. Cyclops Basket is constructed by ‘random weaving’, calling to mind the way plants will grow wherever they get a foothold. The form of the object calls to mind an eye, with the power to watch the watcher.

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