CHRIS ERLBECK, CHLOE GROVE, SIOUXZI MERAGH & MEGAN YEO
18th November to 16th December, 2009
‘Kiez’ is Berliner slang for ‘neighbourhood’: a sense of homeliness in staying ‘local’. The ‘unheimliche’ can be
referred to within the art world via the concept of ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ – the uncanny feeling caused in the
viewer through experiencing art. The ‘uncanny’ hints at a strange proximity between the known and the
unknown, either as something familiar presenting itself in an unknown shape, or as something unfamiliar
revealing an element of knowingness in its features. ‘Kiez’ focuses on the ambiguous role played by feelings of
the homely/ ‘unheimliche’ at the intersection of printmaking, mixed media, photography and film. It can be
interpreted in the works as a way of understanding the interrelation between possible and impossible, norm and
The artists’ cultural and creative backgrounds are diverse, however they all coincided in the city of Berlin in early
2009. ‘Kiez’ expresses this global ‘homeliness’ found by working artistically within Berlin, and then bringing
these new creative directions to the artists’ respective home cities. The result is creative collision of an uncanny
and unsettling 'je ne sais quoi'.
Chloe Grove (Berlin): Drawings
The images I have used are hand drawn, based on a large collection of old photographs from all across Europe, found in bins, on the street or bought from flea markets & junk shops. For each of the faces you see in the work, I’ve emphasized the concept of their severed family lines, a severance from what constitutes the ‘familiar’ or homely. The people are made anonymous because the photos are no longer in the possession of the people who knew them or knew of them. I have assembled them in such a way to give the faces projected characters, making you question who these people were, and perhaps giving an uncanny sense of recognition: I’m sure I’ve seen her somewhere before?
Christine Erlbeck (Oslo/ Berlin): Photography
‘Disposition’, ‘Nightshopping’, ‘Mirror’
The artists’ work takes the form of a selection from three recent series: Disposition (based on a poem by Siouxzi), Night Shopping (inspired by a recent news story) and Mirror (taking its cues from Tarkovsky’s non-linear narrative film ‘Mirror’.) The thread tying all three series together, aside from a concern with telling a narrative, is a sense of displacement: feeling lost and feeling ‘at home’ simultaneously. Aesthetically, the works also tread the line between a sense of dashing into the dark unknown, into interior worlds, and basking in the light of the here and now. The creative process was a collaboration with Siouxzi Mernagh.
Megan Yeo (Sydney): Painting
‘The Banality of Evil’
In response to the London bombings in July 2005 and other terrorist plots in the UK, I created the series ‘The banality of evil’. While the British were in shock that terrorists, convicted and suspected, came from their communities and
neighbourhoods I was taken by the public’s denial that these men and women are actually real or human.
Apparent is a denial that terrorists behave like ordinary people and go about certain daily business perhaps like thy typical neighbor. They partake in mundane tasks; they work, study, shop, commute or reside amongst ‘normal’ members of society. My drawings represent the assimilated Terrorist living in a western society: a clash of the familiar and unfamiliar, homely and unheimliche. My work is also a comment on paranoia and the fear that the media has instilled in us . . . “If you see something say something”. Of course certain belief systems, actions and behaviours of Terrorists are not that of the general population, but they like celebrities and criminals are human at the end of the day. “It makes you think, did I see something I should have reported to the police? Could I have done a bit more?” Perhaps they could make it a tad easier by going about their daily activities in a balaclava.
Siouxzi Mernagh (Sydney/ Berlin): Film
18 mins | HD | moving image
'The most dangerous plaything is woman...' A mysterious hotel. Two inexplicable doppelgängers. A woman in need of danger. The Dangers is a subconscious narrative film based on a nightmare. It refers to inner tensions of personal, particularly female, identity and the external manifestation of these tensions in the forms of sexual expression and propensity to violence. The film is fascinated by manifestations of intensity, suspense, excess and jouissance and the spiralling relations between them. It focuses on the attempts of Alice, the central character, to find home within herself in a disturbingly unheimliche world.
Pictured Work: ‘Geisha #2’, acrylic and ink on canvas, 84 x 84cm
JAMIE BOYS: Too Fast, Too Soon
18th November to 16th December, 2009
Jamie Boys’s exhibition Too Fast, Too Soon explores the meditative qualities that the artist perceives as underpinning process-based art, and compares these to the philosophy of ancient Japanese archery: kyudo. By drawing upon a number of tropes related to kyudo — or, more specifically, kyudo as it is interpreted by Eugen Herrigel in his seminal book Zen in the Art of Archery (1948) — Boys seeks to examine and illustrate the notion of enlightenment through the organic, developmental practice of his own art, and through the ritualistic method of repetition that occurs when striving to achieve goals or hit targets. Extract from essay by Helen Hughes
Born in Condobolin N.S.W. in 1972, Jamie spent the earlier part of his life after leaving school travelling around Australia, Europe, Africa and India. It was in India in 1998 that Jamie found a book at a local market in Dharmshala called “Mind Traps” that inspired him to move to Melbourne and focus on becoming an artist. After completing a Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) at RMIT in 2000, he then went on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Painting at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2003. During his Bachelor Degree, Jamie was selected as a finalist for the Wallara Travelling Scholarship and was awarded the Kerley Travelling Scholarship where he spent 5 months in 2002 on a study exchange at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada. In 2004, he was 1of 4 artists to represent the Victorian College of the Arts at Perth’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Since completing his studies, Jamie has exhibited regularly in both Melbourne and Sydney as well as Internationally. He has spent the last 5 years developing his work through a number of mediums such as painting, video based installation work, photography and sculpture. During this period, Jamie has received a number of accolades including 3rd Prize in the 2007 Linden Postcard Show and has been a finalist in the Collie Print Trust Award as well as the Melbourne Airport’s Innovators Award. In 2007 he was selected for “OFF THE WALL”, a showcase of emerging artists at Art Melbourne 07 and in 2008 was included in Renault’s NEW GENERATION section at Art Sydney. In 2008, ARTBANK acquired two of his paintings for their collection, one of which was featured on their 2008 Christmas card. His work has also featured in FRANKIE Magazine (issue #7 Oct/Nov 2005) and on the front co! ver of ART GALLERY GUIDE AUSTRALIA (Jan/Feb edition 2007). Jamie Boys currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria.
View more of Jamie's work here.
Please join us for opening night drinks on
Wednesday, 18th November, from 6pm - 8pm
19th November - 16th December, 2009
OUR FINAL SHOW FOR 2009! Come and celebrate a