PAUL CAPORN, SUSAN FLAVELL, TARRYN GILL & PILAR MATA DUPONT
29 SEP – 3 DEC
The John Curtin Gallery presents three major projects by prominent West Australian artists and Curtin University Alumni – Paul Caporn, Susan Flavell and Tarryn Gill & Pilar Mata Dupont.
Caporn and Flavell are premiering works created for this exhibition and Gill and Mata Dupont are presenting their collaborative video work Gymnasium, which won the prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize in 2010.
Paul Caporn’s new work roundabout, is a monumental sculptural installation of a disintegrating merry-go-round. This unsettling work plays with the childhood memory of the iconic merry-go-round or fun park, but in this case it appears suspended in time just at the threshold of everything going horribly wrong. The work is the realisation of the fear that many rides within a fun park counterpoise the thrill and joy with the potential to be part of, or witness to, the ride’s collapse or destruction – a state of hyper-anxiety that draws us into the present, bringing to bear all our senses upon the moment.
Susan Flavell’s new work The Horn of the Moon, is the rst in a major series of thirteen large sculptural works, depicting goddesses. This series sets out to explore ideas of the sacred, antiquities, mythologies and storytelling. Flavell, who has been a practicing artist for over 30 years, has built her practice upon an enduring investigation of the combining powers of drawing and sculpture. Flavell’s work often amalgamates a range of material strategies into compelling sculptural forms that reveal notions of the fantastic, the monstrous and the mythical.
Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont are multi- disciplinary artists whose award winning collaborative video work Gymnasium was part of their Stadium Series which featured photographic video and performance based works. Both artists currently have robust independent art practices as well as a rich history of collaborating on projects in the past. Perth based Gill, who has recently focused on sculptural work, won the prestigious Bankwest Acquisitive Art Prize with her work Guardian Totem (with Toad), and Mata Dupont, currently based in the Netherlands, combines theatrical and cinematic methods to investigate histories, identity, and mythologies, often through allegory and narrative. Together, their work often stages investigations into nationhood and in Gymnasium explores historical uses of a fascist aesthetic in propaganda and the cult of the heroic athlete.
Paul Caporn, roundabout, 2017, artist working in his studio
Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont,
Gymnasium (2010), Film, 4:07 min, Production photos by Kim Tran
MEL TREGONNING & SHAUN TAN
29 SEP – 3 DEC
The John Curtin Gallery presents an exhibition of framed illustrations from the children’s graphic novel Small Things by Curtin Alumna Mel Tregonning. The book, which debuted in September 2016, is the story of a boy who feels alone with his worries but subsequently learns that help is close by and he is not alone. Small Things is a universal story, told simply and with breathtaking beauty, about dealing with sadness, anxiety, depression, heartache or loss, and nding your way in the world. The creator Mel Tregonning, passed away after a sudden mental breakdown in 2014. Her family insisted upon completing the work and thankfully managed to do so with the remarkable creative direction from artist Shaun Tan, who completed the essential nal illustrations. The exhibition coincides with WA Mental Health Week (7 – 14 October) featuring a public program to raise awareness of mental health issues. Small Things has won the 2017 Gold Ledger Award for excellence in Australian Comics and has been shortlisted for the highly prestigious Crichton Award for illustration from the Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Small Things graphic novel by Curtin alumna Mel Tregonning, published by Allen & Unwin