Kate Mitchell Future FalloutOpening: Wednesday 3 September, 6-8pm Dates: 3-20 September 2014
‘Future Fallout’ continues Kate Mitchell’s exploration of the comic and cartoon logic. In the single channel video artwork we see the artist ride up to a Psychic Shop in the middle of a field and as she opens the door, the set falls down.
After the initial jolt of humour a cascade of densely layered and often poetic meaning is revealed; in her attempt to access the future it collapses around her. Future Fallout has something for everyone. In only a few minutes we might laugh, contemplate the nature of time, the inaccessibility of the future, or the cruel and joyful ironies of human existence. The essence of this work lies in its simplicity, the resolved relation of action and idea, absurdity and philosophy.
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Kate Mitchell was born in Sydney, Australia in 1982 and currently lives and works in Sydney. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours and her Master of Fine Arts from the College of Fine Arts, the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Kate’s video works present the intensive living out of conceived scenarios, often drawn from the slapstick, cartoonish-end of popular culture. She revels in the spirit of endurance, existence, time, and effort, and commits to absurd and sometimes humorous actions, whilst facing up to her own capabilities and limitations of body and mind.
Kate has held solo exhibition at Artspace and Chalkhorse Gallery in Sydney. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally in group exhibitions including: ‘The Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013); ‘Cheerful and Heroic’, Southwestern College Art Gallery, San Diego, (2013); ‘Prima Vera’, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2012); ‘Magic Undone’, Artspace, Sydney (2012), ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012), ‘NEW12’, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2012); ‘Error and Judgment’, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne (2012); ‘Social Sculpture’, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney (2011); ‘The Grip / La Mainmise’, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, (2010); ‘The Horn of Plenty: excess and reversibility’, Para-Site, Hong Kong (2009); and ‘The Night of the Sunglasses’, Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul, Turkey (2009).