John Brooks, Nadine Christensen, Adam Cruickshank, Kate Just, Lichen Kelp, James Lemon, Ali McCann, Lucreccia Quintanilla, Dell Stewart Tree Log Paper BookOpening: Wednesday 9 November 6-8pm Dates: Thursday 10 November - Sunday 11 December 2022
A word association game.
A slow poem.
Tree. Log. Paper. Book.
Table. Head. Rock. Thread.
The exhibition ‘Tree Log Paper Book’ takes its name from and initiates a series of publications and programs curated by Dell Stewart and produced in collaboration with True Belief. Seeking lively connections and threads to pursue, the exhibition features work from John Brooks, Nadine Christensen, Adam Cruickshank, Kate Just, Lichen Kelp, James Lemon, Ali McCann, Lucreccia Quintanilla and Dell Stewart.
The project emerges from artist practices that crave connection and context. Each iteration begins with a one-word provocation, which features in a publication and/or exhibition, circulating concurrently with a series of public programs, talks and workshops. Follow Tree Log Paper Book for more.
John Brooks is a Naarm-based multi-disciplinary artist of Irish/English descent. He completed an Advanced Diploma of Studio Textiles at RMIT in 2010, a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013 and a Bachelor of Fine Art (honours) at Monash University in 2014. He works predominantly in soft materials, merged with drawing, sound and video to explore the interconnected relationships between human beings and non-human entities. Through a materials lead practice, he incorporates symbolism, slow craft and digital processes to reflect on the impact of objects and materials on humans, as well as the anthropomorphic qualities we project onto objects.
Nadine Christensen completed degrees in Painting at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. She has held solo exhibitions at galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra and has participated in group and collaborative exhibitions across Australia and internationally. She has regularly curated exhibitions, events and coordinated publishing projects, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Christensen is a lecturer at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.
Adam Cruickshank’s interests fall in the space between art and design, with particular emphasis on the roles of publishing within exhibition-making. He teaches at Monash University and RMIT University in Melbourne, completing a PhD at RMIT and (occasionally) organises True Belief, a small publisher of art materials. He has conducted numerous projects with outcomes in places like TCB, West Space, Bus Projects, Gertrude, MUMA and the Centre Pompidou, among others.
Kate Just is an American born Australian feminist artist best known for her inventive and political use of knitting. In addition to her solo practice, Just often works socially and collaboratively within communities to create large-scale public art projects that tackle significant social issues including sexual harassment and violence against women. Just holds a PhD in Sculpture from Monash University, a Master of Arts from RMIT University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts where she is a Senior Lecturer in the Master of Contemporary Art program.
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, 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.
James Lemon’s ceramic wares are tactile, dynamic objects that traverse contexts of art and design. They uniquely reflect his humour, physical gestures and broader social and philosophical concerns. References to religion, pop culture, insects and global ceramic forms are weaved in his typically colourful, highly textural and sometimes slapstick works. While he primarily works with clay, he often embeds other objects such as bricks, precious stones and discarded ephemera to develop his expressive, sculptural vernacular. He is also known for his creation of content on social media. His performative or comedic approach towards this digital space reflect his ruminations upon daily life and aids to generate ideas in his studio.
Ali McCann’s highly staged photographic compositions evoke the nostalgic and illusionary tendencies of the photographic image. Her work examines the aesthetics of education, taking its cues from outmoded photography guides, amateur artworks, and the decor of educational and domestic spaces of the 1970s and 1980s. McCann has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She completed a Master of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2017. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne. Ali McCann lives and works in Naarm / Melbourne.
Lucreccia Quintanilla is an artist, DJ, writer and educator. Her work is concerned with sound and the collective. At the core of her ongoing project is sound as a mode of knowledge transference and with this in mind, Quintanilla creates written works, sculptural and painting works. In recent years she is interested in the potential of sound and amplification. She has constructed a soundsystem speaker stack in the Jamaican sound system style as a point of departure for thinking about culture, multiplicity, collaboration, joy, resilience, dancing and music/sound experimentation.
Dell Stewart’s work combines various processes (ceramics, textiles, animation, hospitality) with a deeply embedded personal story. These practices and references assemble in immersive environments, exhibitions, publications and hands-on workshops, rejoicing in opportunistic gatherings of people and materials. Stewart has organized and participated in numerous exhibitions, and has shown extensively in Australia and overseas. She completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Monash University in 2022 with research focused on fostering new material connections and collaboration.