We are all connected to Campbelltown (one way or another)
Curated by Adam Porter and Michael Dagostino
Campbelltown Arts Centre, 11 August - 14 October
Artists: Suzanne Archer, Candy Bowers, Joan Brassil, what, Joel Beers, Blak Douglas, Heath Franco, Freya Jobbins, Danie Mellor, Claudia Nicholson, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Shireen Taweel.
Artwork in the exhibition: Untitled # 2, from the series Holding my breath, 2018, Installation with live video feed, four channel audio, chain, plant matter, water and grow lights, commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre. Photography Credit: Document Photography. With huge thanks and gratitude to the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre and Sandra Marker.
Untitled # 2, from the series Holding my breath, is a site-specific installation that examines elements of intimacy and power in the hierarchy between nature and culture. This work references elements and aesthetics from BDSM culture to examine the symbiotic and fluctuating roles of the submissive and the dominant and how these roles might be applied to our relationship with the environment – our reliance but careless dealings with nature, and its mercy towards us. Using live streamed video footage from the outside garden, and grow lamps to simulate sunlight this work also examines our own desire to bring the natural world into the realm of the unnatural.
Foliage and sound have been sourced from the Japanese garden that flanks Campbelltown Arts Centre and held on balancing points knotted and fed through the ends of chains. Cared for by the Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre each Monday working in collaboration the Arts Centre Gardener, Geoff the work will change and evolve to connect with the garden outside that it is made from.
You can read more about the exhibition here.