Carriageworks Artist Talks
THE NATIONAL: NEW AUSTRALIAN ART 2017
On the opening weekend of The National: New Australian Art 2017, Carriageworks presents a series of performances and artist talks. All artist talks are free, no booking required.
Download The National program of opening events across all three venues: Art Gallery of NSW, Carriageworks and MCA.
Saturday 1 April, 10am
Archie Moore works across media in portrayals of self and of contested national histories. He questions key signifiers of identity – skin, language, smell, food, dwelling, politics, religion, flags – and points to errors in foundational intercultural knowledge, asking what are the outcomes of misinformation. His practice is embedded in Aboriginal politics and the wider concerns of racism. Uncertainty is a recurrent theme pertaining to his paternal Kamilaroi heritage. United Neytions (2014–17) is an important work, both confronting and thought-provoking.
Saturday 1 April, 10:30am
Jemima Wyman’s practice investigates camouflage as a social, formal and political strategy. She works with various mediums in order to detail the playful subterfuge present in the dynamics of camouflage. Wyman’s recent work explores the theme of visual resistance through patterning and masking, especially when used by marginalised groups to gain power (counter-power) in zones of conflict. Through her research she has collected a vast archive of masked protesters and liberation armies engaged in this very subterfuge. Her work has identified recurring patterns and trends that groups use for creating a collective identity; she refers to these coverings as ‘communal skins’.
Saturday 1 April, 2pm
Richard Lewer is known for his video and animation, paintings and delicate drawings, which evocatively rework some of life’s less-pleasant elements – crime scenes, illness, horror movies and extreme events. His work is accessible and familiar, with a critical edge that probes what is beautiful and sinister about our society without injecting a moralising tone or political message. Lewer’s focus is, however, less concerned with telling the concrete facts of a case; instead, his work explores the way that places can become repositories for the psychic residue of extreme events, painful activities or our deepest fears.
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran
Saturday 1 April, 2:30pm
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged New Age idols that are at once enticing and disquieting. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore the politics of sex, the monument, gender and organised religion. Formally trained in painting and drawing, his practice has a sculptural emphasis that champions the physicality of art-making. While proceeding from a confident atheist perspective, Nithiyendran draws upon his Hindu and Christian heritage as reference points, as well as a range of sources including the internet, pornography, fashion and art history. Self-portraits make frequent appearances and the dual presence of male and female organs suggest gender-fluid realms of new possibilities.