Open Spatial Workshop
(Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell)
(Above image: Benjamin Woods)
Anderson’s artistic practice, while being solidly based in material exploration, meanders around cartoonish and simple abstractions of everyday visual tropes. It comes together through and accumulation of stuff that seeks to indulge in a visceral and physical approach to images and material. Bulky sculpture, gluttonous amounts of paint and things suffocated in plaster act, as a soapbox for escapism. Studio processes are evident in artistic outcomes through the investigation into material, color, form and spatial awareness.
Anderson completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours in 2013 at the Victorian College of the Arts and has since exhibited at multiple ARIs around Melbourne in group shows and recently a solo show ‘Won’t Wear It For Long’ at C3 gallery Abbotsford convent.
Jessie Bullivant produces work in a range of formats by drawing on existing systems, structures and narratives to achieve outcomes that exist both propositionally and as manifested actions.
For ‘Feeling Material’, Jessie will broadcast 3MBS radio station, (which is recorded on-site at the Abbotsford Convent), into the gardens and public spaces in a light but pointed intervention. The material of sound is both thick and thin; and the application of it in this work aims to shift the ways these spaces are both used and controlled. Since graduating from RMIT in 2011, Jessie has shown in various public and artist-run galleries in Melbourne including the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, West Space, Linden Contemporary, TCB, and the Substation. Selected projects include a mentorship with Susan Jacobs in 2012, and participation in SUPERMARKET Art Fair, Stockholm in 2013. Jessie also spent six months studying at Parsons: The New School in New York and undertook residencies at RM Gallery, Auckland and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA). Jessie is the recipient of the Australia Council Artstart grant (2013) and NAVA’s Australian Artists Grant (2013). Jessie is currently completing her Honours at VCA. tlsc.co/jessie
Eliza Dyball’s practice explores perceived rules, parameters and constructed limits that exist in relation to space and subject. Through the observation and challenging of variable narrative structures such as time, spatial history and physical patterning, she explores the tension of stasis, movement, resistance and submission.
Helen Grogan’s recent solo exhibitions include: Three Adjoining Spaces with Manifold Edges, West Space, 2015; Three Performative Structures for Slopes, Slopes, 2014; and Specific Applications for This Space (an obituary), Place of Assembly, Melbourne International Arts Festival, 2012. Recent group exhibitions include: Observation Proposition for Interior of Indicated Edges as well as Other Unindicated Parameters Already In Occurrence, in 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, 2015; Object as Score, VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2015; The Ear is a Brain, Liquid Architecture, 2014; Gertrude Studios Part Two, Gertrude Contemporary, 2014; Framed Movements, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2014; Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, 2013 – 2014; Interpreting Variable Arrangements, Stockholm Kulturhuset, 2013. Her recent curatorial projects include: Specific In-Between (The choreographic negotiated in six parts), ACCA, 2014. Helen Grogan is currently a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary. Grogan studied Philosophy and Contemporary Dance at Deakin University, then the City University of New York. Between 2001 and 2005, she continued this research at the School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam School for The Arts.
Using sculpture, drawing, performance and photography, Melanie’s work addresses the complexities of relations between urban bodies and structures. Through post-minimalist, provisional and performative gestures, she aims to provide new possibilities for thinking about the effects of architecture, infrastructure and the accumulation of objects in the urban setting on our experience of space. Recent exhibitions include: West Space, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Firstdraft Gallery, Australia China Art Foundation, TCB art inc, Seventh Gallery, The Substation and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery.
Open Spatial Workshop (Terri Bird, Bianca Hester, Scott Mitchell)
Open Spatial Workshop is a collective comprising Terri Bird (Monash University), Bianca Hester (University of Sydney) and Scott Mitchell (RMIT). We have been working together developing research projects with exhibition outcomes since 2003. We have produced collaborative installations, constructions, curatorial projects, diagrams, writing and events. Our activities are framed by an ongoing interest in physical forces, such as gravity, and material operations that register these forces and their temporality. Our current research interest is with the dynamic flows of matter, focusing specifically upon geology as a starting point for exploring a range of connections to geography, colonization, mining, economics and philosophical thought. Recent projects include: Anthropocite, public art commission for the Geological Rock Garden, Monash University, Melbourne, 2015; Splinter, exhibited in From the Collection, Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, 2015; Fault, exhibited within Performing Mobilities, Storey Hall Gallery, RMIT, 2015; Lumpen Falls at Conical Gallery, Melbourne, 2012; the cover of the Deleuze Studies Journal, 2012; Big Log Jam, at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, 2011; Big Log at MUMA, 2011; and The West Brunswick Sculpture Triennale, Melbourne, 2009. OSW was the inaugural winner of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture in 2005 with a propositional work Groundings.
Geoff Robinson is a Melbourne based artist who creates process-determined, site based artworks that engage with sound mapping and spatial diagrams. Recent projects include room overlay/5 weeks/thursdays 6-7pm/accumulation West Space Melbourne (2015), 15 locations/15 minutes/15 days Federation Square Melbourne (2014) and Site Overlay/Acoustic Survey across three public sites in Melbourne (2013). Geoff has exhibited at Latrobe Regional Gallery Morwell (2015), Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne (2012), Sound Effects: Sound Specific Seoul South Korea (2010), Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne (2009) and Heide Museum of Modern Art (with Jennie Lang) Melbourne (2007). Geoff has undertaken projects and artist residencies at MoKS Mooste Estonia (2014), Helsinki International Artists Program Suomenlinna Finland (2011/12), Seoul Arts Space Geumcheon South Korea (2009/10), the Australia Council Greene St studio New York U.S.A (2008) and Osaka Arts Aporia Japan (2007). He received a City of Melbourne Laneway Commission (2009), a Gertrude Contemporary studio residency (2004-06) and was awarded the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2014) for the project 15 locations/15 minutes/15 days. Geoff is currently undertaking a PhD in Fine Art at Monash University, Melbourne.
Charlie Sofo is a visual artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Sofo holds a Masters of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts (2012) and has recently completed a residency at Gertrude Contemporary Melbourne (2014). He has participated in major group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW (2011), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (2012), Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (2013), in addition to solo projects at Gertrude Contemporary, Studio 12 (2014) and Heide Museum of Art (2010). Sofo is the recipient of grants from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria and ArtsACT, and is a current board member at West Space, Melbourne.
Isadora Vaughan’s practice is motivated by an interest in the trajectories of raw materials, their transformational capacities and how sculpture can express the anomalies and enormity of matter. Through an intensive and affirmative making, that includes testing the physical limits of materials and the limits of the body, Vaughan’s work expresses volume, tactility, form and plasticity in an ongoing dialogue and negotiation with the world. Isadora has a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from The Victorian College of the Arts, 2013. Recent projects include Slaty Cleavage, Chapter House Lane, 2015, The Material Turn, Curated by Rebecca Coates, Margret Lawrence Gallery, 2015, First Thought Best Thought, Space Space Gallery, Tokyo 2015, The Melting Point of Reason with Susan Jacobs, Curated by Mark Feary, Margret Lawrence Gallery 2015, Soil Slag, TCB Art Inc. 2015, Slippery Mattering, Westspace, 2014, Soft Eyes, Curated by Pip Wallis, TCB Art Inc. 2014, Sub12 with Charlie Sofo, The Substation, Newport, 2014.
Benjamin Woods engages with movement practice from the perspective of training in sculpture, materiality and spatiality. Woods proposes that a practice intent on moving can connect and embody a shifting array of material. When put to work, such material can confront our particular entanglements (relations) within a world of processes (social, cultural, sensorial, institutional, financial, environmental, culinary, political etc.). At the same time, such work can pump space and time into these exact relations (entanglements); affording difference, alternatives, mistakes, rearrangements, clarifications, refreshments, joys – all tiny and large. Currently, ethics and everyday conduct are the biggest concerns at play in Woods’ work. Woods studied sculpture and spatial practice and received an MFA (by Research) from the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne in 2012. Woods is the recipient of an Australia Council Art Start Grant, a City of Melbourne Arts Grant, and an Australian Postgraduate Award. They have exhibited extensively both nationally and overseas at spaces and events, including: West Space, Melbourne; Kings ARI, Melbourne; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; Blindside, Melbourne; Outward Projects, Launceston; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; c3 Contemporary Art Space, Abbotsford; the Melbourne Art Fair 2014; and Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds. Woods currently teaches art practice at Latrobe College of Art and Design, Collingwood and is an artist at Brunswick Sculpture Centre, Brunswick.