Delicate yet robust, large in scale but intensely intimate; the works in Social Structures have an inherent duality. The exhibition brings together artists who use industrial materials, common hardware supplies and found objects to make works that explore social concerns and personal relationships. Integral to each is a precarious balance and tension, in the meeting of disparate elements but also in their suspension in space. In some cases this is heightened by performance or participation; bodies that both disrupt and create equilibrium.
The works create experiential moments and encourage different encounters within the gallery space. Kinly Grey creates interplay between light, reflection and visitors; an invisible or blinding beam, depending on your perspective, speaking to connection and disconnection. Anna McMahon’s installation comes from the examining of her own queer life experiences. Suspended across the gallery she makes a tenuous sling with latent energy cradling an object at its centre. Playfully appearing as a construction site with BDSM sensibilities, Tayla Haggarty’s work considers the politics of lesbian sexuality and relationships. Bodies will balance on the structure when performers engage with her work on opening night and for the afternoon of Saturday 10 June
Within their structures, each of the artists have combined otherwise cold materials to suggest the autobiographic and interpersonal.
OPENING / Wednesday 7 June 2017, 6PM
ARTIST & CURATOR TALK / Saturday 10 June, 4pm (with Kinly Grey, Tayla Haggarty and Amy-Clare McCarthy)
EXHIBITION / 7 – 24 June 2017
METRO ARTS GALLERY, Level 2*
2017 / Metro Arts – Exhibition Program
Extended Gallery hours between 8-10 June: Thurs & Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 2-8pm
SEE ALSO //
Exhibition Catalogue // with essay by Amy-Clare McCarthy
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CURATOR / AMY-CLARE McCARTHY