INSUFFERABLE NEBULAE AND OTHER COUPLINGS
Studio 12 Exhibition
For this particular exhibition project, Christian Capurro created an exciting new ephemeral, site-specific installation entitled Insufferable Nebulae (for Grandville) for the first floor hallway passage at Gertrude Contemporary- a space that has linked many of the artists’ studios and leads to and from the Studio 12 exhibition space. Having taken its cue from the phantasmagorias of nineteenth-century French satirist Jean Ignace Isodore Gerard (a.k.a. Grandville), this constellation of hundreds of paper eyes - stares, ogles, winks and glances - known as “Tossers,” lead on to other, equally neurotic yet less ‘outgoing’ works in Studio 12’s exhibition space proper. There, highly reductive works-on-paper, like some stained and overexposed pages of barely visible coupling, inhabited the space with other congregations: including a window cavity full of silicone-filled cicada carapaces.
Completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995 Christian Capurro has presented a number of individual exhibitions including Another Misspent Portrait of Etienne de Silhouette 1999-2004, a project involving a number of sites and talks across Melbourne in 2004; from the Gorgonia series, Studio 12, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, 2003; and at West Space Inc., Melbourne 2000 and 1999. Group exhibitions include Cycle Tracks Will Abound in Utopia, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 2004; Performance Anxiety, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, 2004; Capurro, Ellis, Hutchison and Parsons, 1st. Floor, Melbourne, 2002; and Raw Hin, Gallery Kobo Chika, Tokyo 1999. He has a studio residency at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and is currently the recipient of an Australia Council New Work Grant for 2004/5 and a City of Yarra Arts Development Grant in 2004. Christian has work in private collections in Australia, Japan, Europe and the USA and earns his living both as a photographer and teaching sessionally in the Department of Multimedia and Digital Arts at Monash University, while also being on the committee at West Space Inc.