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Laura Woodward

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Ben Denham

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Saturday 22 October, 3.30pm

10 Junction Street, Marrickville

Just 6 minutes walk along Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station

Come along to AirSpace Projects on Saturday 22 October, 3.30pm to hear Melboune-based artist and researcher Laura Woodward talk about her current exhibition, Resonate, and Sydney-based artist Ben Denham discuss his drawing machine and laser drawings.

Laura Woodward

Laura Woodward’s installation of kinetic sculptures and animations, “focuses upon those subtle, nuanced movements that can be found in organisms, in humans, and in machines, resonating across and between the animate, the inanimate, and the human-made: vibrations, tremors, twitches, pulses, rhythms, and the systems that underlie these movements. Motion, the basis of all life, is present not only in the visible, tangible realm, but right down to the atomic level. It is at the heart of our action and of our inaction, and it is the way in which we understand both time and the world around us. Investigating these movements through the development of new works, Resonate seeks to draw out the ways in which these various forms – organism, animal, non-animal, human, and machine – both resonate with and differ from each other.”

The exhibition is accompanied by a publication in which various contributors – including the exhibiting artist, an artist-curator, an artist-theorist, a poet, an anatomist, and an artist-philosopher – respond to the above conceptual stimulus. Offering texts, drawings, photographs and poetry, the contributions will interweave and overlap, exposing further rhythms, systems and resonances between and across the several practices at play.

Laura Woodward is an artist based in Melbourne. Woodward has been exhibiting sculptural, kinetic installations for over ten years. Her current artistic research involves the creation of looped systems embodied in these sculptural installations. The system’s inherent logic drives its formal and systematic emergences, opening up the opportunity for bodily resonances and experiences forged between artwork and viewer.

Woodward’s work has been nationally recognised through prizes, grants, public commissions, solo exhibitions and significant group exhibitions. She received Australia Council New Work Grants in 2010, 2013 and 2014; won the Agendo Prize for Emerging Artists in 2009; and was awarded the Vulcan Steel Postgraduate Tutorship Award and a Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Award in 2007. In 2015 Woodward received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for the Art Gallery of NSW Studios in Paris Scholarship. Solo exhibitions include Ararat Regional Gallery, 2015; Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Southbank, 2013; and Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, 2010. Woodward’s practice increasingly involves the creation of large-scale sculptural works for the public realm, including her major upcoming commission Murmur for Marina Tower, Docklands.

Woodward is a lecturer in the School of Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Ben Denham

“I grew up in the Blue Mountains and studied visual arts at the University of Western Sydney. I currently live in Croydon Park, near the Cooks River, in Sydney’s inner west. I work with performance video and make machines that engage different parts of the body in the process drawing and writing. In 2002–03 I spent a year and a half in Mexico with the assistance of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. I maintain strong connections to Mexican art and activist culture. I completed my doctorate in 2009; my thesis considered the relationship between art and neuroscience, with a particular focus on gesture and linguistic embodiment. I work part time in web and media production for the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney where I’ve had the opportunity to shoot and edit a new production of one of Samuel Beckett’s films and to work on a documentary about the Sweatshop Western Sydney Literacy Movement. I also teach one day per week in the drawing department at the National Art School, Sydney.” Ben Denham

In Motion Festival 2016

1-22 October

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OPENING NIGHT

Saturday 1 October, 6-9pm

Junction Street Marrickville

Just 6 minutes easy walk along Schwebel Street from Marrickville Station

A three-week multidisciplinary art festival unpacking the theme of motion; Progress. Movements. Time. Slippages. Futures. Change. From 1 – 22 October, presented by AirSpace Projects.

Get In Motion on the opening night as Junction Street is activated with experimental audio visual sets, performance artists on utes, videos hidden in car boots and art around every corner.

Held at AirSpace Projects in Marrickville, the controversial site of the Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor, the In Motion Festival 2016 will navigate what it means to be ‘in motion’ and, in contrast, ‘still’ in a time of rapid urban, technological and ecological development. Drawing ideas and potency from this impending change to the local area, In Motion Festival 2016 will pose questions: What are we moving towards and away from? What does it mean to be in motion? How do we navigate a world in constant rapid change? The In Motion Festival 2016 will present dynamic and innovative contemporary multi-arts practice that sits at the nexus of contemporary art, performance and film.

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Curatorial Team

Anna May Kirk, Maeve Parker, Katie Winten, Nerida Ross, Emmerald Dunnfrost, Sebastian Henry-Jones, Alice Joel

Participating  Artists

Jannah Quill, Bronwen Williams, Ben Denham, Benjamin Forster, Show Us You Teeth, Eugene Ward & Patric Kuo, Harrison Witsey, Get To Work, Angela Goh, Joseph Florio, Aston Creus, Laura Woodward, Mitch Thomas, Shalini Jardin, Joe Hamilton, Ash Bell, Splinter Orchestra, Rory McKay, Ivey Wawn, Gina Wagstaffe, Danny Wild, Amrita Hepi, Cloudy Rhodes, Deb Mansfield, Nicola Morton, Brianna Kell, Hayley Coghlan

Feature Exhibition

Gallery One

Laura Woodward: Resonate

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Laura Woodward, Writhe 2015 (detail), acetal, acrylic, water, nylon hose, santoprene hose, fasteners, air fittings, motors, dimensions variable. Image by the artist and Jem Selig Freeman

Programs + Events

Every Saturday (8, 15 and 22 October) for the duration of the festival, AirSpace Projects will house public programs, performances, talk series and more from 1 – 3pm. Experience everything from future conspiracy theory talks to experimental adventure dance performances around the Marrickville area.

~ Get going, get In Motion ~

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In Motion

Opening drinks with the artists: 6.00 – 8.00pm Friday 7 November

Exhibition: Friday 7 – Saturday 22 November

Projection and Performance Night: Saturday 22 November 7.30 – 9.30pm

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Artists Susan Andrews, Allan Giddy, James Nguyen & Yin Lan Soon, Mark Titmarsh and Laura Woodward will be engaging with motion or the idea of motion to reflect on the kinds of change or states of flux experienced in the world today. Their work, which range from paintings to video and sculpture, offer a political, social, cultural, philosophical or environmental response – however abstractly or metaphorically conceived – to the change observed.

The exhibition will conclude with an In Motion projection and performance night. The normally quiet Junction Street of Marrickville will come alive for two hours on Saturday 22 November from 7.30-9.30pm as artists project and perform their work in AirSpace Projects and in neighbouring properties. Event to be opened by Marrickville Mayor, Councillor Mark Gardener, followed by a Fan demonstration by Master Sue Chang of Tai Chi Fitness Australia. See Upcoming Exhibitions for more details.

Image: Laura Woodward, Five (detail), 2014. Mixed media. Image Credit: Jem Selig Freeman. ©2014 Laura Woodward

 

We gratefully acknowledge Marrickville Council for supporting the In Motion exhibition and event and the participation of Tai Chi Fitness Australia, particularly Master Sue Chang, in the In Motion Event.

 

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