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Moreland Summer Show: Noel Counihan Commemorative Award

My entry   “Always protest”  has been shortlisted for the Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award.

Opening: Thursday 9 November, 6 – 8 pm

The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick’s annual Moreland Summer Show.

Moreland Summer Show: Noel Counihan Commemorative Award

Exhibition

Friday 10 November – Saturday 9 December

Opening: Thursday 9 November, 6 – 8 pm

The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is pleased to announce the inaugural Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award exhibition.

To be awarded annually, the Noel Counihan Commemorative Award will recognise an outstanding contemporary artwork by an artist who engages with social, political, cultural or environmental subjects.

This year’s theme is PEOPLE – POLITICS – PROTEST.

The 2017 prize is a tailored Professional Development package to the value of $3000. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 9 November.

 

Comfortable Yet?

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Can you sit amongst the cushions until the world burns and the refugees die at sea? Till Trump burns Asia with a nuclear bomb? Of course not! Most of us can’t. You are looking at the somewhat unsettling beauty of the burnt Grampian forests, a fire that swept through the mountains and destroyed most in its wake. At the same time as climate denial increases and Trump and Turnbull, turn up the volume of racism and anti-worker laws, ordinary people take to the streets to protest about the incomprehensible levels of cruelty. I am with them. I use images, and memories to create installations, videos, photos and banners to express where I stand. Never forget, always act, always record.

Short Biography

Melanie’s work is a multimedia mix of installation, photography, painting and printed material. Her iPad installations show collective outcries in tangles of  wires,  plugs, and looping scenes catching anger and determination with words on banners, colours of flags, and the interaction of protesters. Currently Melanie is printing these scenes in unusual ways, banners and cushions.

Melanie has a Master in the History and Philosophy of Science from Melbourne University, and a Master in Contemporary Art from the VCA. 

Cushions

Photography takes a whole new meaning as a cushion, it supports, is sat on, looked at in a context of a home, looked down on,  or in an outside setting. I see the world in its surprises the light through the distance, the surprise of the new growth on the old log, my drawings reinterpreted, close=ups distorted and colour made ever so much more lush. I am a photographer, painter and installation artist, but these cushions extend my pallet of expression.

Quotes

Kader Attia

https://www.ft.com/content/a99cae2a-429d-11e6-9b66-0712b3873ae1

“I was fascinated by how in traditional societies, not only Africa, but also Japan and the west before modernity, when a broken object was repaired, the repair process always kept the trace of the injury,” he explains when we meet in a cluttered, book-filled corner of his studio in Berlin, the city he has lived in since 2010. But while traditional societies repair objects to give them a new life, often incorporating elements of European culture in the process — he shows me a Berber necklace dotted with French francs — the western approach is to discard objects that are damaged, valuing only originals in pristine condition. For Attia, repair has become a metaphor for cultural reappropriation, and resistance.

Next exhibit in : MORELAND SUMMER SHOW 2017: NOEL COUNIHAN COMMEMORATIVE ART AWARD

My entry: Installation: Always protest (when injustice is there)

Moreland Summer Show: Noel Counihan Commemorative Award

Moreland Summer Show: Noel Counihan Commemorative Award

The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick’s annual Moreland Summer Show.

Exhibition

Friday 10 November – Saturday 9 December

 

 

Opening: Thursday 9 November, 6 – 8 pm

The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is pleased to announce the inaugural Noel Counihan Commemorative Art Award exhibition.

To be awarded annually, the Noel Counihan Commemorative Award will recognise an outstanding contemporary artwork by an artist who engages with social, political, cultural or environmental subjects.

This year’s theme is PEOPLE – POLITICS – PROTEST.

The 2017 prize is a tailored Professional Development package to the value of $3000. The winner will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 9 November.

Chin Chin – Go Go Bar Exhibition 2015

I received a voucher and free exhibition after my final year work at the VCA was viewed. The exhibition was part photos, part iPad installation. The demands of the protesters to stop the dept. prevent McDonalds, or free the refugees, sat well with the tables in the Go Go Bar, at the Chin Chin restuarant.