"Departed Acts at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art"
Lou Hubbard, Nikos Pantazopoulos and Makiko Yamamoto
Opening: Tuesday 23 October 6-8pm
Bus Projects is pleased to present the fourth iteration of Departed Acts, a performance-lecture series at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, that invites Victorian artists, writers and curators to recall the experience of a pivotal exhibition or artwork that has influenced their practice.
Departed Acts at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art will feature Melbourne artists Lou Hubbard, Nikos Pantazopoulos and Makiko Yamamoto.
Departed Acts embraces poetic, emotional, contentious, and contradictory readings as important components in mnemonic thought processes. It is conducted with varying degrees of visual accompaniment, and with a critical playfulness towards the lecture format. Rather than focussing on objective testimony, Departed Acts embraces the tangential nature of recollection, allowing for the factual and fictitious to intertwine. Intended as an open-ended, train-of-thought exercise, Departed Acts allows space for a personal, freely associative discourse, intending to provide a deeper and more intimate understanding of the creative process.
Lou Hubbard makes assemblage sculptures, video and her other forms of drawing. She operates on objects such as confectionary eyeballs and teeth, watermelons and rubber horses, walking frames and tartan apparel, to enact the dynamics of training and submission, and the aesthetics of sentimentality.
Since 2000 Hubbard has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across Australia, and internationally. Major shows include the Perth International Arts Festival, Making It New Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, NEW 10 Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century MUMA, Melbourne NOW, National Gallery of Victoria and Dead Still Standing, occupying the entire site at West Space Melbourne.
Hubbard is the recipient of Australia Council Residencies at the Cité Internationale des Art in Paris and Barcelona and the international artists’ residency AIR, Antwerp Belgium. She teaches in the School of Art, VCA and is represented by Sarah Scout Presents Melbourne.
Nik Pantazopoulos situates his work in post-minimalism and abstraction. The work is in reaction to the materiality of photography, mediated through sculpture and spatial practice. His current focus is on ornamentation and affects on architecture and develops traditional fabrication methods to transform materials. Nik is interested in the transdisciplinarity of mediums interrogating through a psychosexual, political and an art historical lens.
Upcoming: Departed Acts, ACCA, Melbourne, 2018; Past: Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Spring 1883, The Windsor, Melbourne 2018; Looking but not seeing, Benalla Art Gallery, Victoria 2018; Next Wave Festival curated by Zara Sigglekow, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne 2018; DISMANTLE, Gertrude Contemporary Glasshouse, Melbourne, 2017; Like a clap of thunder, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne 2017, The Nude Show, LON Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; These Economies, Sydney Contemporary, Sydney 2015; Boutique Politics, Bus Projects, Melbourne, 2015; Wearing, Westspace, Melbourne, 2014; Australian Tapestry Workshop residency, Melbourne, 2014; Fucking in Solidarity, National Gallery of Victoria, Catalogue Essay, When This you See Remember Me, David McDiarmid Retrospective, Melbourne, 2014; The Spirit and Spark of David McDiarmid Symposium, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2014; The Purple Onion, TCB art inc, Melbourne, 2014; Re- building, The Substation, Melbourne, 2014; Private View and Occasional Performance, Dudspace, Melbourne, 2014; Decisions RMIT Project Space, Melbourne, 2013; Dark Rooms RMIT Project Space Melbourne, 2013; Octopus 10, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, 2010; A Monument to toilets; An Exhibition and Procession, White Cubicle Toilet Gallery, London, 2010.
Makiko Yamamoto (b. Japan) is based in Melbourne, Australia, developing her sonic and spatial practice over the past 15 years. She uses a wide range of formats – live performance, private recordings, radio broadcast, and sound-based installation. Yamamoto’s practice engages a theoretical approach, utilising fundamental materials such as the voice, the body and language as conveyers of meaning. She examines the structure of language, investigating its transformative potentials and value the act of listening as a counterbalance to the more isolating and authoritative qualities in language. Employing a sense of awkwardness, Yamamoto’s work exposes the vulnerabilities of the social and ideological codes underlying in spoken language and everyday verbal communication, often including translation and misunderstanding as important elements of the process. After completing a Master of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012, she has presented works at numerous events such as Hobart Biennale, Liquid Architecture sound events.