Lucreccia Quintanella, Glenn Barkley, Lichen Kelp, John Brooks, Rachael Hooper, Dell Stewart Dell StewartDates: 2021
A group show curated by Dell Stewart, featuring works by, Lucreccia Quintanella, Glenn Barkley, Lichen Kelp, John Brooks, Rachael Hooper, and Dell Stewart.
Lucreccia Quintanilla’s work is concerned with sound and collectivity. At the core of her ongoing project is sound as a mode of knowledge transference, as a sensorial conduit for multiple senses of time and place and as a carrier of past and future and as an amplifier of irresolute collective mythologies and cultural complexities. In recent years is interested in the potential of amplification of stories and voice via sound and she has constructed a soundsystem speaker stack in the Jamaican sound system style as a point of departure for thinking through cultural difference, collaboration, music/sound experimentation.
Lucreccia Quintanilla is an artist, writer, DJ and researcher at Monash University as a PhD candidate. Her writing has been published both nationally and internationally. Her art work has been exhibited within Australia and overseas. She has received grants for her projects and residencies. Her practice is a collaborative one which manifest into outcomes within galleries and also as events and performances outside of that context. Quintanilla regularly gets asked to speak at panels and symposiums in regards to themes within her research both locally and overseas and has taught at university level.
Glenn Barkley is an artist, writer, curator and gardener based in Sydney and Berry NSW, Australia. His work operates in the space between these interests drawing upon the history of ceramics, popular song, the garden and conversations about art and the internet.
Recent major exhibitions include imayimightimust, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2018); yetmorecontemporaryart, Artspace, Sydney (2017); the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object, Art Gallery of South Australia (2016); The Garden of Earthly Delights, Westspace, Melbourne (with Angela Brennan) (2016); Watching Clouds Pass the Moon, Lake Macquarie Regional Gallery, NSW (2016); and Glazed and Confused: Ceramics in Contemporary Art Practice, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW (2014).
Barkley was previously senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (2008–14) and curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection (1996–2007). He is co-founder and co-director of The Curators Department, Sydney and of kil.n.it experimental ceramics studio Glebe, Sydney.
Lichen Kelp works with scientific principles of experimentation, colour chemistry and chemical reactions to investigate the materiality of process, replicating changing weather patterns and reimagining nature. Fluid and subversive experiments and performances arise and result in submersive liquid paintings combining bubbling solutions and localised flora. Otherworldly landscapes created by domestic ingredients and a lurid botanical palette disrupt our notions of beauty and the (un)natural.
Lichen Kelp’s practice encompasses performance, photography, musical collaboration, curating artist residencies and group shows and public engagement through workshops, group actions and publications.
Rachael Hooper is a Melbourne-based artist whose work blends contemporary still life objects with landscapes and abstract elements. Her evocative and ethereal paintings embrace themes of conflict and duality in ordinary life, contrasting the romance of escape and freedom with the mundane reality of the everyday.
Through layers of paint and subtle colour explorations the process of her painting treads a line between restraint and freedom. Her paintings evoke a snapshot of an image like a memory or a dream.
Rachael has exhibited extensively at ARIs and galleries nationally. She has been short-listed for several prizes including the Arthur Guy Memorial Prize 2017. She was the winner of the 2008 City of Albany Art Prize and was the recipient of Australia Council grants 2001 and 2008.
John Brooks is a Melbourne-based artist working through weaving, video, soft sculpture and drawing. He holds a Diploma of Art: Studio Textiles and an Advanced Diploma of Textile Design and Development from RMIT, a Bachelor of Fine Art (Drawing) from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University. Recent exhibitions include the third Tamworth Textile Triennial at Tamworth Regional Gallery, Every Second Feels Like a Century at West Space and Materiality at Town Hall Gallery. John has also been artist in residence at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, the Australian Tapestry Workshop and the Icelandic Textile Centre in 2016.
Dell Stewart’s work combines various processes often regarded as belonging to the world of craft (ceramics, textiles, animation) with a deeply embedded personal history. These practices and references assemble in immersive environments, often offering no clue to the boundary between the artwork and the space it occupies. A personal, subjective symbology pervades the work making each iteration another chapter in a narrative of a life lived doing. Stewart has organised and participated in numerous exhibitions, and has shown extensively in Australia and overseas – recently at West Space and Craft Victoria – with a particular interest in fostering new material connections and collaboration.