In partnership with the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts.
These exhibitions are presented as a part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s residency with the Melbourne International Arts Festival’s 2007. Cunningham is known for his cross-arts collaborations, and to mark the residency three of his visual arts and musical collaborators will present new work at Gertrude.
Playground, Daniel Arsham’s first exhibition in Australia, will transform the gallery with a site specific work that deals with the idea of a unique event multiplied. The large front window of the gallery will serve as an impromptu stage displaying the aftermath of an accident; a visual exposé of Merce Cunningham’s renowned ‘chance operations’. The exhibit also includes a new sculptural installation, drawings and one small, hard-to-find piece that is well worth the hunt.
As a collaborator with Merce Cunninngham, much of Arsham’s work addresses the accidental and ideas of chance. “My work believes that architecture is malleable. That surfaces are more about defining the boundaries of a space than enclosing it. As walls and floors and ceilings insulate, they create intimacy and scale. Their purpose is to provide comfort, not enclosure. Whether I paint or sculpt I aim to transform space and toy with preconceptions of boundaries drawn between nature and architecture.” Daniel Arsham
Since graduating in 2003, 28-year-old Arsham has been concerned with the battle between the organic and the imposed synthetic. His work, from painting to industrial sculptural installation, toys with preconceptions of boundaries drawn between nature and architecture by the very buildings themselves. Arsham’s collaborative work with Merce Cunningham features in eyeSpace that is being performed at the Festival.