17 October -
15 November 2014
200 Gertrude Street200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Gertrude Contemporary’s 2014 Studio Artists’ exhibition presented new work from the sixteen studio artists at Gertrude Contemporary. Gertrude Contemporary was excited to announce the first major change to the program in more than a decade - where previously all 16 studio artists exhibited across one month, the exhibition in 2014 took place across two months, with the studio artists split in to two exhibiting groups. Curated by Shae Nagorcka, this extended exhibition context set the stage for an expanded survey of contemporary practice at Gertrude Contemporary.
For over three decades Gertrude Contemporary’s studio program has been supporting early to mid career contemporary artists. Offering artists a large subsidized studio in our exhibition and studio complex in Fitzroy, the program also provides creative and professional support and advocacy as part of the Gertrude community of artists, curators, writers and audiences.
Gertrude Studios Part One featured work across a variety of media including video, sculpture, 3D printing, textiles and photography. Jess Johnson continued to chart points within a shifting reality, with a large wall drawing extending the space into a physical portal to speculative worlds.
Meanwhile, Tully Moore expanded his painting practice into the experiential. Combining painting and video, the resulting work was a decayed street level monument, dedicated to the contemporary culture of protest and financial and social disempowerment.
Sarah CrowEST's new series of both textile and painted work expanded and manipulated implied meanings and systems. Half heard phrases coalesce to form a structure of meaning-making that tracks form in transition.
Gertrude Studios Part One also featured new work from Sean Peoples, Claire Lambe, Sean Bailey, Ross Coulter and Scott Miles. Gertrude Contemporary was also excited to present a series of expanded events for Gertrude Studios Part One and Gertrude Studios Part Two – which ran across the two month period, artist initiated performances, workshops and even a garage sale occured throughout Gertrude Contemporary.
The Studio Artists' exhibition remains a lynchpin of Gertrude Contemporary's exhibition program. Held annually since 1988, the Studio Artists' exhibition offers a cross section of contemporary practise in Melbourne, providing a platform for a multiplicity of practices and voices.
Gertrude Contemporary’s Studio Program is generously supported by the Danielle and Daniel Besen Foundation.