Opening Reception: 28th November 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Exhibition Dates: 29th November - 23rd December
Lou Hubbard makes assemblage sculptures, videos, paintings photos and collages. The horse is a motif that has recurred often in her work, epitomizing a focus on the dynamics of training, submission and the aesthetics of sentimentality. Objects such as horses and eyeballs are tried and tested, subjected to acts of duress like teetering, submerging and excising. Sometimes domestic furnishings are collapsed into sculptural collages suggesting compression and intimacy.
Lou has been exhibiting since 2000 in solo and group exhibitions across Australia, and internationally. Major shows include the Perth International Arts Festival, Making It New Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, NEW 10 Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Reinventing the Wheel: the Readymade Century MUMA, Melbourne NOW, National Gallery of Victoria, Dead Still Standing occupying 5 sites at West Space Melbourne and Neverwhere, Gaia Gallery Istanbul.
Hubbard is the recipient of Australia Council Residencies at the Cité Internationale des Art in Paris and Barcelona and the international artists’ residency AIR, Antwerp Belgium.
She is represented by Sarah Scout Presents Melbourne.
Spencer Lai graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts in 2014. They are the co-founder of the collaborative project Monica’s Gallery with LA-based artist Jake Swinson. Forthcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation of new work at Kimberly Klark, NYC.
Recent exhibitions and projects include: AFFADAVIT VITO ACCONCI a group exhibition at Gertrude Glasshouse, curated by Brooke Babington, Melbourne, 2016; mummy has the bends again... a delegated performance as Monica's Gallery with garments by Jessie Kiely at The Community, Paris, 2016; A Really Good Look - a contribution for TarraWarra Biennial 2016: Endless Circulation enacting as Monica’s Gallery with Jessie Kiely in collaboration with 3ply and Centre for Style, Melbourne, 2016; tell me what you have and I will tell you what you are, a group exhibition and publication as Monica’s Gallery, curated by Dissect Journal, Melbourne, 2016; presenting with Fort Delta at the Spring1883 art fair, The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne, 2016; WORLD INDUSTRIES, a curatorial project Monica’s Gallery with Jessie Kiely at Punk Café (2015); youth, born at brunch (from a wish), a solo exhibition at George Paton Gallery (2015); Monica’s Gallery Presents: The Artist Interprets HIGHPOINT, a curatorial project as Monica’s Gallery at Fort Delta (2014); the smell of an oily rag, a group exhibition at Fort Delta (2015); do you want me to come downstairs, with rollers in my hair?, an exhibition with Jake Swinson at BLINDSIDE (2014).
Danielle Reynolds works across multi-disciplinary installation and performance. Her work is recurrently interested in failure, futility and intersections of sincerity and absurdity.
In 2016 Danielle completed Honours at VCA (Victoria College of Arts) following the completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2015. Danielle spent six months studying at Chelsea College of Arts: The University of Arts London. In 2017 she was selected as an artist for the Next Wave Kickstart Helix program. Danielle has exhibited in a number of group and solo shows: most recently she exhibited The Ronan Keating Prophecy: Life is A Rollercoaster (“just gotta ride it”) at Mailbox Art Space and performed On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams as part of ‘Every Dog Will Have Its Day’ at Casula Powerhouse, Sydney.
Jen Mathews is an artist based in Melbourne. Her work explores social and political concerns through sculpture, video and assemblage. In 2016, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2015, she graduated from the University of South Australia and was the recipient of the Constance Gordan-Johnson Sculpture and Installation Prize. Jen’s most recent exhibitions include; Skyscraper, School, Shrine, Slaughterhouse at Seventh Gallery, Melbourne; Signal Screen Commission, Signal, Melbourne; Providentia, Paddington Substation, Brisbane & City of Future Excess FELTspace, Adelaide in 2016.
Joseph Gentry is an artist living and working in Melbourne, graduating with Honours form the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016. Joseph’s work addresses technology cultures, the hyperreal, fantasy & sci-fi narratives, absurdist horror, diffusion, dissemination, digitized anthropomorphism, animation and the perforated membrane between virtual and material lives. Selected Exhibitions include; Skyscraper, School, Shrine, Slaughterhouse, at Seventh Gallery; CRATERFACE, Kings Ari, 2017 & Me’N’u at Bus Projects in 2016.
Soul Mckenzie is an artist currently based in Melbourne, his practice ranges over all different mediums and his works are usually quite layered with contrasting colours and dense textures. He’s exhibited along side various other melbourne artist in several different group shows such as Precious Memories; Other Side of the River and S.O.B. He is currently working towards a solo show in 2018.
James Parkinson recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016 where he was awarded the William Ballantyne Memorial award. James is the founder and director of the artist-run gallery and studio complex Irene Rose.
James’ practice operates primarily within and about painting, specifically reflexivity as horror. His practice is concerned with symptomatic forms of control and administered semiotic relationships with things. Selected solo exhibitions include; Now You’ve Done it, Blindside ARI, 2017; Attachment and Control (After You), Bus Projects, 2016; RIP Angel (She Fell From Heaven and Landed in Our Hearts), Kings Ari, 2016 & Free Time, Seventh Gallery, 2015. Recent Group shows include; Commodify Me, Seventh Gallery, 2017; CRATERFACE, Kings Ari, 2017, We Are the Ones, Carlsberg Byens Galleri & Kunstsalon, Copenhagen, 2017; Paradise Lost, Paradise Hills, 2016 & Bedshed, 7UP, 2016.
Lilli Rae Lovegrove is a UK born, Australia based artist who spent their formative years on the far north coast of NSW. After completing a BFA at The Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia, Lovegrove has since been exhibiting group and solo shows and working in a shared studio space. Their practice sees a wide range of mediums, however, familiarises with video, textiles and sculptural installations. Often organic in nature, (underwear felted from their dog’s fur), Lovegrove’s work employs these mixed-media textile and sculptural installations to explore themes surrounding sentimentality through a whimsical nature, evoking a tactile sensibility about them. Lovegrove’s installations are often conceived via cathartic measures negotiating perceptions of grief, death, identity and nostalgia. Audiences navigate these spaces immersed in their own intimacy rather than from an observation point.