Martina Copley & Lou HubbardOpening: To be confirmed.
Martina Copley is an artist, curator and writer interested in different modalities of practice and the annotative space. Working in film and sound, drawing and installation, her doctoral research project at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, 2019, considered the transposition of the rhetorical figure of the aside as a poetic strategy in art.
Recent exhibition projects and publications include Doubting Writing/Writing Doubt, ACCA + RMIT non-fiction Lab, 2019; No Notes (This is writing), with Francesca Rendle-Short, 2017; Unhidden, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, 2017; Between these worlds there is no ordinary continuity, Melbourne Festival, 2016; FM[X] What would a feminist methodology sound like? WestSpace, Melbourne, 2015; A Listener’s guide to bowing, Melbourne School of Architecture & Design., 2015; Black Painting, seventh, Melbourne, 2014; New Ancestors, City & Docklands Libraries, Melbourne, 2014; At dawn the image rings a dissonant tune that is inaudible to our ears and cannot be recalled, with Michaela Bruton, BUS Projects, 2014.
Martina has experience as an independent curator of contemporary art and gallery manager in public, commercial and artist-run contexts.
Lou Hubbard’s video and sculpture practice focuses on training and submission, and the aesthetics of sentimentality. Hubbard often subjects objects to various modes of duress through which they must yield to her rules. Basic materials of domestic and institutional utility (and very often personal objects) are tried and tested, then shaped into formal relationships, and emotional resonances are drawn out through careful selection and placement of these found and readily-at-hand objects. Sometimes Hubbard captures her operations on film; sometimes the actions become sculptural assemblages that are fitted and measured and precariously balanced. She uses a combination of both rudimentary and refined approaches in her practice, and refuses any tendency toward embellishment or inscrutable artifice . The ultimate effect of her works might be perversely humorous or strangely sentimental.
Lou Hubbard has exhibited widely throughout Australia and internationally, with recent exhibitions including Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery, Istanbul (2015); Dead Still Standing, West Space, Melbourne (2015); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, (2013-14); FX, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, (2013); The Knock Off Show, Slopes, Melbourne, (2013); Antic Measures, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, (2011–12); NEW10, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, (2010); Change, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, (2010); Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, (2009). In 2015 Hubbard won the Art Gallery of Ballarat Guirguis New Art Prize. She completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University in 2001 and is currently Head of Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.