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Alizon Gray, Katherine Edwards, Fiona Skelton & Sam Hatfield

Addresse309 Queensberry street
CityMelbourne
AtRubicon ARI
CountyAustralia @ (AU)
Date17/01/2018
Hours18:00
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309 Queensberry street
Melbourne
Rubicon ARI
Australia @ (AU)
Tel 2018-01-17
Categoria Events


Hello Folks, We are excited about the upcoming exhibitions at Rubicon which will launch our 2018 program. You are warmly invited to join us on the opening night 6-9pm for celebratory drinks, and art. More information below. Wednesday 17th January 2018. GALLERY 3: Alizon Gray - Alaska GALLERY 2: Sam Hatfield & Fiona Skelton - The Cult of Love GALLERY 1: Katherine Edwards - Plantarum Feminam Opening Wed 17th January 6-9pm 17th January - 3rd February Wed - Sat 12-5pm Rubicon ARI Level 1, 309 Queensberry St, Melbourne VIC ................................................................................................... G3 : ALASKA - Alizon Gray In this series of works Alizon Gray builds gestural marks and uses heightened colour to paint the Alaskan landscape as illusory scenes.


The paintings are abstract reflections of Gray’s time spent in Alaska in 2016 and are an intimate scale, as snap shots of a remembered experience. The works recall glimpses of cruising past glaciers and seemingly endless mountains along the Inside Passage, flying onto a glacier for an afternoon hike, taking the train into the White Pass and through the mountains to Anchorage, wandering the tundra, getting stuck in the middle of a braided river, and searching for an elusive glacial erratic. The paintings have been made as a response to Gray attempting to capture the enormity of the landscape with the lens of her camera and failing to do it justice. .................................................................................................... G2 : THE CULT OF LOVE - Sam Hatfield & Fiona Skelton The Cult of Love is a multi-part video series that mashes together philosophical questions of self-awareness, the dynamics of intimacy, and a self-reflexive exposition of a collaborative artistic practice.

If individual consciousness is merely a bundle of processes without any central point of synthesis, then joint consciousness may become not merely a possibility but a necessary outcome of any systematic collaborative process involving multiple selves who themselves already qualify as conscious. The progression of an intimate relationship is used as the narrative basis for artistically bringing into being a third “entity” that is aware of itself, while also making explicit the sexuality that is implied by the synthesis of definably separate selves. man[und]lady is a collaboration between artists Sam Hatfield and Fiona Skelton. The overarching premise of their joint practice is to use humour and the absurd to provocatively deconstruct psychosocial paradigms.

Their work is also heavily influenced by their involvement in neuropsychological research. ...................................................................................................... G1 : PLANTARUM FEMINAM - Katherine Edwards The artworks in this project were inspired by the story of Empress Josephine Bonaparte, and her discovery and fascination of Australian botany in the 1800s, as evidenced in her collection at her Malmaison glasshouse in Paris. I investigate the unlikely emergence of women botanists of this era, and the relationship between women and nature, and the dichotomy of the ‘wild’ and tamed’ concepts around ‘the feminine’. As the study of plants has historically been a male domain, this shift in science was a rather radical form of feminism.

The series explores nature as a kind of mystical shelter to the feminine and a potential source of mythical symbolism. Rather than the traditional notion of the perception of nature through the lens of the male gaze, I want to present the female in nature as a refuge, a place of heightened perception, and psychically transformative, its materiality even symbolic of an outer covering or clothing. Expanding upon the concept of nature as an introspective and psychical realm. My works in the past explored nature and the cosmos as a direct reflection of the unconscious aspects of the ‘self’. Working with materials of acrylic, pen & ink on board and canvas, I employ magic realism and surrealist inspired imagery. Surfaces, forms, shapes, and reflections in nature are appropriated to the female form, and often applied, inscribed and mirrored in skin - in an effort to articulate a non-binary relationship between humans and the natural world.

The term ‘ecofeminism’ has been made more pertinent to our current climate debate, and whilst witnessing the deterioration of the planet and nature from over-population and mass industrialisation. So whilst in the throes of patriarchal duality, putting the female principle front and center is a positive strategy for correcting the current imbalance. Plantarum Feminam, the title of this exhibition, encompasses my interest in the start of the romantic period in Europe and the rise of female botanists who bridged a predominantly male domain, that of science. The notion that ‘woman’ can be idealised in her own right, rather than only as serving to improve upon man, or only via 'feminine' ideals, is an area of fascination as it offers the potential for "woman” to be 'fashioned' by herself, handmade.

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Wishing alizon Gray all the best I can't attend opening but remember purchasing my little piece a while ago at Rubicon ari
Katherine Edwards Plantarum Feminam Oil, pen & acrylic on board 30 x 22cm 2017
Alizon Gray Inside Passage, Oil and Acrylic on Canvas 82x71cm 2016
Fiona Skelton & Sam Hatfield Desire Video still 1'34", 2017

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