EMPATHY, MY WITNESS
by Liz Gridley
Heightened colour, expression and flesh. Emphasising the vulnerabilities of figures and remaining vague on the strict details, inviting the audience to connect and empathise.
This is a safe space to consider human connection; an invitation to feel.
I can feel a reaction in my gut when I view an artwork that is enamouring - and it is much more
complex than simplistic emotional states like happiness or sadness. The figures play with
gesture and bodily discomfort to complicate the viewers role and bring forth questions regarding
voyeurism, consent and body confidence.
Liz Gridley's first solo Melbourne exhibition, 'Empathy, my witness' has been possible thanks to the 2017 Graeme Hildebrand Foundation Major Prize and the support of Off the Kerb Gallery, Collingwood.
EVERYTHING GAINED, EVERYTHING LOST
by Ryan Pola
All the work in this show is an exploration and reflection of a period of growth. It came after emotional turmoil and is like a small purgatory where Everything Gained, Everything Lost is a consideration of identity and the flux of. The work draws heavily on mythology, fears, and a static magic that I feel is reactive to my drawing process and personal interests. For myself, this show feels like growth after a heavy rain - it's light.
THE TOUR DE NESLE AFFAIR
by HP Fryer
Sex, lies….. but videotape hasn’t been invented yet. In ‘The Tour De Nesle affair’ I tell the true story of a scandal that rocked 14th Century France and changed history. I invite you to share my passion for the juicy stories of history. Stories filled with all that humankind has to offer; the good, the bad, and the absurd! Through illustration, I want to show that the past is so much more than dusty old dates and dead people..
by Mitchell Asquith
The faces in Becoming are anonymous. They leak, collapse, bulge and fracture with futile dissidence into the unknown. Regardless of constructed meaning or cultivated significance, each figure exists with an embedded transience that has programmed their psyche to participate in a game they know in advance they will lose.
As such, each individual strives to exist with a stable identity but is ultimately overwhelmed by the reality that the self is always undermined by the flux of becoming and undoing.
is a series of paintings that capture this momentum, between the inner and outer awareness and utter fragility that lies beneath one’s conception of self.