Playing With & For The Community
Venue // SCYA Space, BLK B, #03-08. Goodman Art Centre, 90 Goodman Road.
Admission // $10 [Standard], $5 [Concession]*. For enquiries and bookings, email: email@example.com
*Students to show ID prior screening.
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feat. artists: Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui & Catherine Opie
How do artists respond to a world in flux? In what ways do artists act as agents of change and what kinds of aesthetic choices do they make to express it? This screening features artists who bear witness, through their work, to transformation – cultural, material, and aesthetic – and actively engage communities as collaborators and subjects.
Ai Weiwei infuses his sculptures, photographs, and public artworks with personal poetry and political conviction, often making use of recognizable and historic Chinese art forms in critical examinations of a host of contemporary Chinese social and political issues. In sculptures of clay, wood, and metal, El Anatsui uses and explores materials and formal elements that relate to his aesthetic and cultural environment, exemplifying change and revealing the eternal cycle of all things – destruction, transformation, and regeneration. Working between conceptual and documentary approaches to image making, Catherine Opie investigates the ways in which photographs both document and give voice to social phenomena in America today.
feat. artists: David Altmejd, assume vivid astro focus, Lynda Benglis & Tabaimo
Who and what limits our freedom of expression? In what ways do cultural differences affect our understanding of art and other forms of communication? How do an artist’s process and choice of medium affect or perception of his or her work? This screening features artists who synthesize disparate asethetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media, and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure.
David Altmejd’s sculptures, suffused with ornament, blur distinctions between interior and exterior, surface and structure, representation and abstraction. The collective assume vivid astro focus fuses sculpture, video, drawing, and performance into carnivalesque installations in which gender, politics, and cultural codes float freely. Sculptor Lynda Benglis’s radical and pioneering invention of new forms with unorthodox techniques contains within it a reverence for cultural references that trace back to antiquity. Tabaimo’s drawings and video installations probe unsettling themes of isolation, contagion, and instability that seem to lurk beneath daily existence in contemporary Japan.
feat. artists: Rackstraw Downes, Robert Mangold & Sarah Sze
In what ways can art convey equilibrium or disequilibrium? What is reality? How do artists perceive and express it? This screening features artists whose works explore the distinctions between balance and imbaance, and demonstrate that the smallest change in a line, a formal element, or a structure can be a radical proposition.
Often described as a realist, Rackstraw Downes prefers not to use that term. He views the act of seeing and the art of representation as culturally taught, with different cultures accepting different delineations of the world as realistic. With minimal means and classical restraint, Robert Mangold translates the most basic of formal elements – shape, line, and color – into paintings, prints, and drawings whose simplicity of form expresses complex ideas. Sarah Sze builds her installations and intricate sculptures from the minutiae of everyday life, imbuing mundane materials, marks and processes with surprising significance.
feat. artists: Marina Abramovic, Glenn Ligon & Mary Reid Kelley
How do artists mine the past to explore the present? Why do some historical events shape the way we think today, and why have some been forgotten? In what ways do artists use their own histories to examine the human condition? In this screening, artists play with historical events, explore and expose commonly held assumptions about historic ‘truth’, and create narratives based on personal experiences.
A pioneer of performance as a visual art form, Marina Abramovic has used her body as both subject and medium of her performances, testing her physical, mental, and emotional limits (and often pushing beyond them) in a quest for heightened consciousness, transcendence and self-transformation. Painter and sculptor Glenn Ligon examines American identity through found sources – literature, Afrocentric colouring books, photographs – to reveal the ways in which the history of slavery, the civil rights movement and sexual politics informing our understanding of contemporary society. In striking black-and-white videos and drawings filled with punning wordplay, Mary Reid Kelley presents her take on clash between utopian ideologies and the realities of women’s lives in the struggle for liberation and through political strife, wars, and other historical events.