Wednesday, October 01, 2014

What the animals are up to...

The Original Place #25 (detail)

'The Original Place' (Elisa)
Elisa will be artist-in-residence at the Central Institute of Technology from October 20 to December 6. She will be producing new works for 'The Original Place', engaging with students as well as exhibiting work from the series. The studio is at 149 Beaufort Street, Perth. Please check the website for days/times closer to the date as visitors are welcome.

Ten works from this series were previously exhibited at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins then later at Anita Traverso Gallery in Melbourne. It will be the first time most of the work has been seen in Perth.

Elisa is also a finalist in 2014's City of Joondalup Community Invitation Art Award and will be exhibiting three works from this series. This opens on October 19 and runs until October 31 at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, Joondalup.

drei #07/drei #92
'Drei' (Chris)
Six works from this series will be shown as part of a group exhibition titled 'Quiet Moments' at Fremantle Arts Centre from May 2015. The works were last seen as an almost full set at Breadbox Gallery in 2008. Two works that are to be shown weren't in the Breadbox show but rather only in the publication.

Seven #24
'Small Town' (Chris)
In a rare bit of good news for this personally significant series, Artsource/BHP Billiton have agreed to contribute money to help the series move further along through their 'Ignite' programme. This will help a lot and get the work much closer to publication. Unsuccessful exhibition proposals were sent to Fremantle Arts Centre (2013), PICA and CCP (Melbourne). One last proposal has been submitted to Heathcote for late 2015.

Chris has also submitted a DCA grant application for 'Marketing and Distribution'. Results for this round come out in November.

Chris recently gave a talk about 'Small Town' during one of Miik Green's studio nights and it was good to hear people's positive responses to the work.

'Six' (Chris)
Chris has started to produce new images for 'Six' looking at active institutional spaces. Ideas for this are still a bit raw and it is likely to be a long-term project given the logistics involved. He also recently documented many of the objects used in the installation at Subiaco Museum. These objects will form part of a book in early 2015.

To tie-in with the group exhibition at FAC, Chris is hoping to produce a larger book that includes all of the work from 'drei', 'five' and 'six'. This will also include the texts written over the years by various authors about these bodies of work.

Belinda von Mengersen recently wrote an article about Elisa's practice titled: The strange quiet of things misplaced: Craft, material and memory in the work of Elisa Markes-Young. This was published in craft + design enquiry Issue 6, ANU Press and can be read online at

Various other books have been published through blurb with full previews available on their site:

Other News
In another attempt to fund 'Small Town', Chris will be showing new work in the 'Black Swan Prize for Heritage', Brookfield Tower, 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

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