FREEDMAN FOUNDATION TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP EXHIBITION 2015
5-7pm Wednesday 21 October 2015
- When 17 Oct - 31 Oct 2015
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM
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UNSW Galleries is pleased to present the Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship Exhibition 2015. This year the exhibition presents the breadth and evolution of several emerging artist’s work by showcasing the 2015 new scholars and the 2013 returning scholars.
The Freedman Travelling Scholarship is founded on the idea that overseas experience and mentorship, both formal and informal, are pivotal to young emerging artists’ careers. Established in 2000, the Freedman Foundation has so far provided the Scholarship to 74 emerging artists to expand their studio practice abroad.
For the first time in the exhibition’s history the Freedman Foundation has offered a second scholarship, the Freedman Curatorial Scholarship. This was established to encourage and support students who have enrolled in the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership at UNSW Art & Design. The inaugural recipient, Luke Letourneau, has assembled a challenging and exuberant snapshot of the experience and impact this scholarship provides.
Despite the diverse range of artists, various themes recur across individual practice. Perhaps because the scholarship takes artists out of their homeland, each artist negotiates their cultural heritage, especially the facades, the veils, and imaginary walls that influence how we relate to each other and wider contemporary cultures.
The 2015 Recipients
2015 Sulman Prize winner Jason Phu exhibits This is the worst houseparty I’ve ever been to. Phu’s works draw upon his own cultural heritage as a Chinese Australian, making light of the dislocation and disassociation that he and others around him have experienced. Phu travelled to China to participate in a residency at Organhaus, Chongqing to develop his Chinese calligraphy and painting.
If you look closely at Phu’s houseparty you’ll find images of mindless chit-chat, a gloomy fridge and a horse stabbing a gorilla in the stomach.
After receiving the Freedman Foundation scholarship, Jorgen Doyle immediately travelled to Yogyakarta, Indonesia to live and work in the informal settlement of Kampung Ratmakan. As part of his scholarship, the artist has been collaborating with the local children turning over landfill, sifting soil from the waste, and collecting discarded materials to build a ‘junk playground’.
Claudia Nicholson’s three-month research trip across South and Central America will give her the opportunity to attend religious and secular cultural festivals. She presents a series of recent ceramic works exploring Latin American folklore, pre-Columbian artefacts and Chola culture. The artist flirts with definitions of authenticity with pre-Columbian artefacts rubbing shoulders with craft store diamantes and surf culture iconography.
With the support of the scholarship, Western Australian-born artist George Egerton-Warburton travelled to the Center of Contemporary Art in Tbilisi, Georgia, to undertake a residency.
Egerton-Warburton’s contribution to the Freedman Exhibition is a series of instructions and tasks to curator, Luke Letourneau. His list includes writing words on the gallery wall, using a drill as his pen. Egerton-Warburton’s work breaks down the processes and foundation of ‘white-cube’ gallery practice.
2013 Returning Artists
Plastic Histories, 2015, is a documented project Cigdem Aydemir undertook in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where the artist shrink wrapped different monuments throughout the city, as well as busts from the University of the Free State (UFS) permanent art collection in the Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery. These works veil the accepted histories represented by the monuments and busts instead drawing attention to alternate and queered narratives.
In the video title Buffer Zone, multi- disciplinary artist Alice Lang puts on a series of increasingly larger knitted jumpers and then continues to remove them. In the end, as in the beginning, Alice stands naked in the empty room of the video staring straight back at you. One of the oversized jumpers will also be in the exhibition.
Collaborative group Catherine or Kate’s I hate the way I don’t hate you invites visitors to throw darts at their faces. Their second piece, 177055200 Seconds of Working Together, features two laptops side-by side, open at a Google doc. These docs show Catherine or Kate separately reflecting on their practice together, their issues, their experiences and their successes.
Suspended in the center of the gallery is a series of foam board hand gestures Elizabeth Willing has sourced from cooking manuals. Called Measure, Pinch, Roll, Check, Knead the piece displays the arbitrariness and vagueness of language.
The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship and Curatorial Scholarship are administered by the National Association of the Visual Arts (NAVA) on behalf of the Freedman Foundation.