Friday, 4 April 2014

Beka Hannah "Impact" 3rd March - 28th March 2014



It was lovely to have Beka Hannah showing for the second time at Rooftop Art Space. You may remember her last show back in January 2012 and she has yet again created a strong body of work that utilises the unconventional nature of our space. Beka's use of kitchy, playful materials and construction is the perfect contrast to highlight the serious nature of her concerns.

Thanks again Beka, another great show!
























Artist Statement

Concerned by the state of the environment Beka Hannah is using Impact to highlight issues surrounding humans interaction with nature.
Whether it be climate change or a shark cull, it seems humans are having a negative effect on the world around us and not enough is being done to turn this around, Impact aims to use kitsch and cute iconography to explore a often grim problem.


Biography

Beka Hannah is an  multi –disciplinary artist  with a craft based practice, living and working in Melbourne.  Obsessed and inspired by the natural world around her   Beka is often to be found fossicking for interesting feathers, bones or fossils and when she is not creating based on these she is to be found playing with her every growing horde of rabbits. 














                                     

                       Check out more of Beka's work at  http://www.oneclockworkrabbit.com/





Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Gabriel Curtin " A Fraction of the Whole" 3rd February - 28th February 2014



Gabriel Curtin's paintings do a special thing, they allow the viewer to insert themselves and their own experiences into the memory-scapes. Gabriel does this with insight and mindfulness far beyond his years and we are excited to see what Gabriel does next. Keep your eye on this guy!

Enjoy! x































Artist Statement

"As soon as a moment has outlived its precise presentness it is lost to the fickle clutches of memory, a device ever-prone to fictionalisation. However, we depend on memory to navigate, react to and interact with life, despite its inadequacy in concreting the absolute truth. 

A Fraction of the Whole presents nine paintings each depicting narratives from the artist’s daily life. The scenes, despite being contrived from individual experience, possess a universality inasmuch as they are not necessarily scenes of a unique nature. The paintings deliberately contain narratives which occur frequently in many people’s daily lives; bathing, riding a bicycle, playing or watching someone play guitar etc. Consequently the viewer is invited to recall their own memories in relation to the scenes presented to them. Rather than procuring mere images the individual naturally attaches details, emotional and otherwise, to these experiences. Through this, one relates to a scene which on a superficial level seems familiar, but in actuality belongs to a wholly other and untouchable set of experiences, namely the artist’s. This highlights the manipulatory quality of memory and its ability to confuse emotional and perceived experience.

The patterns surrounding the scenes are intentionally ambiguous, hinting at landscape and environments but rely on the viewer’s individual memory, fictionalised or not, to interpret them. These patterns seem to transcend the frames in which the paintings are housed, discreetly connecting each image. Such is the nature of memory and the perpetual stream of consciousness; images and words appearing seemingly disconnected, but whose connectedness, while perhaps not immediately perceptible, is palpable."

Biography

Gabriel spent the first half of his life in southern England and the second half in north-east Victoria. He now lives and studies in Melbourne.
























See more of Gabriel's work at http://gabrielcurtin.tumblr.com/

Friday, 21 February 2014

Jake Preval "Hotmessblues" 6th January - 1st February

Jake Preval's show Hotmessblues both delighted and occasionally repulsed it's viewers. It wasn't so much the bag of wees or the bronze used condoms. No, the cause of the repulsion was the result of putting real fruit in a perspex box on a rooftop in the middle of a record breaking heatwave. Box 9 (the one with the cut out of Jake with banana eyes) kept receiving lipstick-ee kisses from our loving RAS attendees, that is until the bananas started to rot. 

Fruitiness aside, Jake's show was a huge success, with his striking yellow backgrounds providing a wonderfully playful stage for his beautifully crafted pieces.  Thanks Jake!












Artist Statement

Revelling in the absurd and tragic Hotmessblues combines bronzes, found objects and photography in a series of small works exploring desire, distraction and the domestic divine.

Biography

Jake Preval is a Melbourne based artist working in a variety of mediums spanning sculpture, photography, installation and performance. He is currently completing his final year of a BFA (Sculpture and Spatial Practice) at the Victorian College of the Arts.












See more of Jake's work at www.jakepreval.com