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Contemporary Painters at Fringe World Festival 2020

Monday, 20 January 2020

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The Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications (CREAtec) at the School of Arts and Humanities will showcase current PhD candidates at Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum Project Space for FRINGE WORLD 2020. Gale Thackeray, Laura Mitchell and Harrison See are the recipients of the 2020 Spectrum Project Space Artist Residency.

This annual program provides the recipients one-month’s access to Spectrum Project Space at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus as a working studio, with the aim of exhibiting new works in the gallery at the end of the residency. This program is now in its seventh year. The exhibition NEXUS: A group show is based on intersections between doctoral research conducted by the three artists.

Thackeray is a London born figurative painter inspired by the archive. By focusing on process and material and painting’s status as a contemporary medium, she creates theatrical settings which are inhabited by disconnected figures. Mitchell expands painting using mashup as a method, visual source material she defines as retroscapes, and philosopher and sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s discourse on ‘liquid life’, post-internet consumerism, and ‘retrotopia’. See uses allegory to transcend cultural difference, using paint to construct figurative landscapes rich in symbolism and narrative.

Artists

Gale Thackeray is a London born figurative painter who has also lived and studied in Germany and is now based in Western Australia. Through focusing on process and material and painting’s status as a contemporary medium, she creates theatrical settings which are inhabited by disconnected figures. Thackeray is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr Paul Uhlmann and Dr Nicola Kaye at Edith Cowan University conducting a practice-led research involving channelling Zizek’s idea of the Event and Deleuze’s Sensation with its unseen forces into painting. She utilises the oeuvre of painters from the New Leipzig School as a lens and considers the impact the fall of the Berlin wall has had on this school.  In 2015, she was nominated for the Hatched Exhibition and has been awarded as part of her doctoral research, a Research Training Scholarship.

Laura Mitchell is a visual arts PhD candidate with Dr. Lyndall Adams and Dr. Paul Uhlmann at Edith Cowan University, WA supported by an ECU-HDR Scholarship. Her practice-led research project involves expanded painting using mashup as a method, visual source material she defines as retroscapes, and philosopher and sociologist Zygmunt Bauman’s discourse on ‘liquid life’, post-internet consumerism, and ‘retrotopia’. Mitchell is a dual USA-AUS citizen who holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA. She has exhibited internationally, conducted grant funded residencies and community arts initiatives, public art commissions, and taught art and music from early childhood to university levels. She is a member of A.I.R. Gallery, NYC. Her previous professional career included performing and both art and music: art direction, art and design for e-business, internet and screen technologies, and professional violinist, teaching and performing. In 2017 she completed a DLGSC-WA supported artist residency at A.I.R. Gallery in NYC, where she is now an artist member, followed by a residency at Fremantle Arts Centre in WA. In 2018 exhibited at PS Artspace, WA and co-founded Destabilising Walls artists collective with support from DLGSC.

Harrison See is a contemporary Western-Australian painter interested in allegory that transcends cultural difference. Through paint See constructs figurative landscapes rich in symbolism and narrative that explore the spaces between divergent cultural communities. See has held six solo exhibitions and four joint shows locally and in Asia. He has also undertaken two artists’ residencies in Perth, a third in mainland China, with a fourth in Hong Kong scheduled for late 2020. See is a New Colombo Plan Alumni as well as the recipient of a Research Training Program Scholarship and the Louise Macfie Painting Prize. See is currently undertaking his doctoral research with supervisors, Dr Lyndall Adams and Professor Clive Barstow at Edith Cowan University with a focus on cross-cultural collaborative painting.

Event details

The open studio will take place from 17 January to 7 February at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley.

Exhibition opening event

Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
Time: 5.00pm
Venue:  Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191
Exhibition Runs: Friday, 14 February to Friday, 28 February

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturdays: 12.00pm – 5.00pm

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