A successful end to ‘A studio based practice’

I ended my previous post by saying I had my fingers crossed for a smooth deinstall of ‘A studio based practice’, so I feel it’s only appropriate that I follow up and confirm we did! It was a very blustery day but thankfully all our artists had the assistance they needed to transport their works out of the gallery space safely. I was grateful for the help of some of Verge Gallery’s excellent volunteers. Time for relaxation now, then onto the next project!

‘A studio based practice’ Artist/Curator Discussion

On Saturday I enjoyed hosting a great discussion with ‘A studio based practice’ artists Jessica Mei Cham, Karen Benton, Justyna Stanczew, and Harry Seeley plus members of the public. (You can find full event details on Verge Gallery’s website here.) It was a treat to be joined by a lovely crowd of members of the public who helped make the space a supportive environment for critiquing the exhibition and sharing intimate details of its conception and planning stages, as well as a supportive environment for our artists to share their perspectives on their work and their experience as important contributors to the show. We were also lucky to have Paul Cooper, one of the performance artists who contributed to ‘A Novel Script’ (part of the public events programme for ‘A studio based practice’), joining us for the discussion. Can’t believe my luck being able to work alongside artists whose practices I’m so passionate about. Fingers crossed for a streamlined and successful deinstall today!

Clyde & Co Awards 2018

It was a pleasure attending the Clyde & Co Awards 2018 Sydney Award Ceremony and Auction yesterday evening. I was surprised and grateful to be awarded the Staff Choice Prize for my ‘Elevated Landscapes’ works! This has been my first professional experience as an artist in the corporate sphere; it’s been a great opportunity to learn about commercial art practice and the team at Clyde & Co Sydney have been incredibly supportive and engaging throughout the Awards selection process and artwork installation. My works, alongside the other finalists and 2018 Award Winner Wendy Ma and Highly Commended Jonathan Cao, will remain on display at the Clyde & Co Sydney offices until the end of the year.

‘A studio based practice’ is now showing at Verge Gallery

‘seepage swan lake,’ poetry by Jessica Mei Cham, is refigured as a swinging object through this beautiful Tyvek print, hung from the ceiling by chains.

Harry Seeley preparing to install his series ‘By means of a motif’.

Karen Benton’s gorgeous wall piece ‘There Before’ reflects your image right back at you in its glossy purple Perspex.

Justyna Stanczew sits at the end of an installation day, watching carefully for any technical hiccups (there are always one or two to be resolved!) in the AV presentation of her performance ‘Build me up, build me down’.

Above: some phone pics via Kim Nguyen and @vergegallery on Instagram.

Kim Nguyen and I have had the pleasure of curating ‘A studio based practice,’ open at Verge Gallery 18 Jan – 24 Feb. What a joy to be working alongside so many people whose company we love and whose work we totally admire. It’s been such an energising process. Catch all the intimate details and stay up to date on our public programme events via Verge’s website!

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