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Double opening at Spectrum Project Space

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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Two exhibitions by Edith Cowan University (ECU) Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Alumni Joni Sercombe and Dan Gladden will be exhibited at ECU’s Spectrum Project Space in September with a double opening celebration on Thursday, 31 August 2017.

Not Going Anywhere - Joni Sercombe

Joni Sercombe’s exhibition, Not Going Anywhere will be in the Back Gallery, exploring the experience of becoming a new parent and processing the physical nature of this, while also grappling with a shift in personal identity. Sercombe said, “When my son was born I imagined I would pop him in a sling and carry on with my life, making art, using my hands, being active and capable. But he hated the sling and I found myself carry him around day and night. Tethered by his need, I lost the use of my arms for almost anything else. The starting point of this exhibition was the sheer physicality of this experience”.

Any significant life transition coincides with a natural grieving process for the former self. For the parent, this is less about the relationship with the child, than it is the relationship with oneself and the world at large. Sercombe’s work moves beyond the opposing tropes of the blissful, contented mother on one hand or the woman immobilised by post-natal depression on the other, to explore a range of more nuanced experiences of caregivers in navigating their identities.

At a broader level, this exhibition explores the emotional relationship we have with difficult transitions. It examines the ambiguous feelings that are difficult to wrangle, dark things that are painful. The artworks give physical form to these uneasy feelings, which are represented as form and void, presence and absence.

frag/men/t – Dan Gladden

Dan Gladden’s, frag/men/t is an exhibition of paintings and drawings exploring the idea of the posthuman from a romanticised and imagined queer perspective. Gladden’s practice is focused on masculine beauty and body image and challenges traditional standards by exploring twinned, merging and dividing forms, taking lead from the notion of the gay clone – the repeated, idealised perfectly sculpted western male form.

The artworks frag/men/t take as a starting point the representation of the masculine form in contemporary media and move into an imagined future of genetically modified and specifically crafted superhuman based on these ideals of beauty. Male forms are fragmented, spliced and repurposed to resemble splitting cells and posthuman heroes of the future.

Gladden said, “Through developing this show my own body came to feature in several of the works as I questioned my own physical validity in relation to these ideals. I am attempting to ask what the future body of a gay male may look like if engineering can create functional units catering to any desire”.

Event details

The exhibition will be open to the public from Friday, 1 September to Wednesday, 13 September 2017 at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening event

Not Going Anywhere will be officially opened by Elizabeth Marruffo, artist and lecturer and frag/men/t will be officially opened by Dr Christopher Crouch
Date: Thursday, 31 August 2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist talks

Date: Thursday, 31 August 2017
Time: 5.00pm - 6.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

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Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm

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