230 Young Street, Fitzroy
1 - 5pm Fri & Sat
Sutton Gallery's converted warehouse has an exciting series of experimental art projects scheduled throughout the year. An alternative to the conventional gallery space, the venue offers new possibilities for artists seeking to extend their exhibiting language and potential.
Invited artists are given space to try out new ideas and approaches that will supplement and stretch their practice. Unrestricted by the formalities of a commercial show, these artists are freed to play with more temporal forms of representation, such as performance, multimedia and site specific installations.
Artists may choose to use the project as an opportunity to broaden their horizons through collaboration with other artists or by taking on the role of curator. The space also provides a platform for artists wishing to reflect on the processes and outcomes of external projects that viewers would not ordinarily have access to, such as residencies and public commissions.
Projects will change over every 4-5 weeks during 2013.
08 November 2013 - 07 December 2013
The Cutting Table
26 September 2013 - 19 October 2013
Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Camouflage by Cherine Fahd; a series of photographs where ideas central to portraiture are tested and the notion of personal and physical disclosure is explored.
Since 2009 Fahd has made self-portraits in which she always hides her face. This deliberate act of concealment
comes out of Fahd's earliest encounter with being photographed where, posing for a studio portrait with her sister at the age of four, the artist experienced an intense sense of disappointment when the image did not accurately convey her own internal sense of self. The images in Camouflage continue Fahd's sustained response to this feeling of disorientation, offering a reflection on the performance that occurs in the face of the camera-and the impossibility of our performance to represent oneself accurately for the camera.
Undermining the convention of portraits to rely heavily on the face, the artist-as-subject in Camouflage is concealed behind a series of large-scale coloured fabrics and sheets of paper that recall the visual language of hard edge abstraction. The sharpness of the colour field, however, is disrupted by the fleshy body that oozes and protrudes from the ripped edges of these bold, elementary forms; with only an eye, nose, hand, belly button, nipple and feet ever peeking out at the viewer. The simultaneous hiding and revealing of the self sees Fahd seek out a way to better represent the self which, unlike the fixed photographic image, is manifold and changeable: ‘The photographs as portraits ask you to look for me and in their camouflage hope to suggest the uncertainty of the idea of "me".'
Cherine Fahd lives and works in Sydney. She is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, Melbourne, and Lecturer in Photomedia at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Recent exhibitions include: Everyday Fear, The Substation, Melbourne, 2013; 365 Attempts to Meditate, Peloton, Sydney, 2013; In Camera and In Public, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2011; Afterglow: Performance Art and Photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2011; Today, MOP, Sydney 2011; and Multiplicities: Self portraits from the Collection, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 2010. Fahd's work is represented in major public collections in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
22 August 2013 - 14 September 2013
When we talk about an artwork, it is normal to recite certain facts surrounding its production. It is customary to recite the artist's name, at the very least. Also important is the date of the work's production, and the period or movement to which the work belongs. This is how we might talk about a monochrome painting, for example: ‘It was painted by him; it was painted then, and there - note the way it diverges from his previous work... etc.' This is part of what is called ‘making sense' of the work. We talk about a monochrome as we would any other work, and this seems entirely appropriate; after all, a monochrome is usually made from the same materials as other paintings and shown in the same galleries as other paintings and collected in the same way as other paintings. What might be seen to distinguish the monochrome from other paintings, though, is its inclination towards absolute simplicity. The monochrome offers itself as a zero-degree of painting, the painting of paintings: it distils, as it were, the essence of painting. Of course, in one sense, every painting always contains something of the essence of painting within itself anyway (when we call something a painting, it is essentially a painting). But the monochrome not only wants to be a painting in this way; it also wants to be a painting that points towards its essence as such, that takes as its subject that which is common to every painting. This is why the way we often ‘make sense' of a painting, that is, through historicising it, is both appropriate, and at the same time, utterly misleading, when it comes to the monochrome.
(image: Elizabeth Newman, Untitled 2012, 190 x 120cm, oil on linen. Courtesy the artist and Neon Parc)
18 July 2013 - 10 August 2013
14 June 2013 - 06 July 2013
The Copse Part I
The Copse Part I is Arlo Mountford's first individual exhibition at Sutton since joining the gallery in 2012. Presented at Sutton Projects and taking form as installation and animation, The Copse Part I continues Mountford's characteristically whimsical, tangential exploration of art history.
The Copse Part I will present a sculptural replica of a painted tree found in Pieter Bruegel the Elder's Gloomy Day (Early Spring) 1565, a landscape painting that features a copse (a thicket of small trees or shrubs) and details the ordinary lives of sixteenth century Europeans. Chosen as a reference point, in part, for its counter-intuitive relationship to Heidegger's concept of the ‘clearing', Mountford's appropriation of Gloomy Day (Early Spring) is emblematic of the artists' talent for referencing the imagery of iconic art works in inventive and expanded forms.
Accompanying the replica tree is a meandering animation projected onto the gallery's ceiling. Taking visual cues from the physical appearance of the ceiling and space, and referencing previous exhibitions held in the gallery, the animation also draws liberally from moments in 20th century art history. The animation is not didactic or narrative-driven, with Mountford instead creating an imaginative and itinerant interpretation of the physical space and historical context that the work inhabits.
Arlo Mountford is a Melbourne-based artist. He has presented individual exhibitions at Dubbo Regional Gallery, New South Wales (2012); La Trobe University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2011); Shepparton Regional Gallery (2010); Centre of Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2009); The Art Centre, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2009); Conical, Melbourne (2008); and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2007).
07 March 2013 - 06 April 2013
Dirt Season Lookbook
Sutton Gallery is pleased to present Dirt Season Lookbook, an exhibition of new work by Alex Vivian that furthers his investigation into the sculptural and metamorphic possibilities of domestic objects and urban street wear. Working with everyday items sourced from discount and second-hand outlets, Vivian performs transgressive acts of transmutation upon his chosen materials to produce curiously perverse forms. For Dirt Season Lookbook, his abject alterations are applied to hats, bowls, vessels and soft toys. Bleached, distressed with dirt, run over by the wheel of a car, ingrained with sweat stains or put trough the wash with tissue, Vivian's many modifications degrade his objects' common function to the point of putrefaction.
With an understanding of small-scale sculpture and informed by an ongoing engagement with installation, Vivian explores a wide range of ideas relating to masculinity, fashion, design and youth cultures, as well as the interplay between function and failure. His sculpturally poetic works seamlessly mix high and low cultural references, staging minor insurrections between cultural signifiers, form and context. The human body remains a constant reference point throughout his practice, often inferred via bodily traces, imprints and gestures.