Intimate performance and filmmaking are fused to explore embodied communication, familiarity and gesture; looking to the breaks between and hiding behind, the words uttered aloud. Jacqui Shelton’s work emphasises the unspoken: the rules, anomalies, proximities and movements that inhere within our everyday conversations and interactions.
PARTICIPATORY SESSIONS / with Jacqui Shelton / throughout exhibition / FREE
This exhibition includes an optional participatory performance that unfolds over multiple discreet, one-on-one sessions between Jacqui and a participant. The work is adaptable and can be performed in quiet spaces such as a park bench or a library. In this work, a participant will meet with Jacqui for an hour, with the option of subsequent sessions. In each sitting, they will be taught to recite a short story written by Jacqui, using no props or visual cues beyond their voice. Jacqui will meet you at Metro Arts at the allocated time, and will guide you to a quiet location outside of the gallery where the performance will take place – likely the Botanic Gardens or Riverside, weather dependant.
CODED STORIES / reading with Jacqui Shelton and Therese Keogh / Saturday, 11 August, 3pm / FREE
Jacqui and Therese present both a reading and a discussion that initiates a new collaborative project figured through writing and propositional making. Speaking from the perspectives of two separate paintings (which for security reasons must remain anonymous), two speakers present a dialogue that seeks to navigate a collaboration between two distinct practices/knowledges or, indeed, painterly fields. Not that their collaboration has anything to do with painting, the subjects don’t even know they exist as paintings – or perhaps the painting acts as a mask for their true identity. The conflicts that are produced through a meeting of distinct practices seeking to produce something “new” unfold in a dialogue that allegorically addresses collaboration, friendship, art making, and frameworks for looking at art.
OPENING / 8 August 2018, 6pm
EXHIBITION / 8 – 25 August 2018, Metro Arts Gallery Level 2
ARTIST TALK / 22 August 2018, 6pm
CODED STORIES / reading with Jacqui Shelton and Therese Keogh / Saturday, 11 August, 3pm
2018 / Metro Arts – Exhibition Program, co-presented by Metro Arts and Jacqui Shelton