(1+1) x 6 = 12. SUB12 is an annual exhibition that presents the work of twelve contemporary artists across The Substation’s extensive gallery space in partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council. For this year’s iteration, six artists were selected by the curator. Each of these artists then invited another artist to participate—in collaboration, or in response to their work. This format welcomes dissolution of curatorial control while providing an opportunity for experimentation and exchange.
Liz Dunn and Lara Thoms present Placeholder (2014), a series of DIY handcrafted recreations of objects and artworks found on display in the retail spaces and businesses local to The Substation. Their lightweight, mostly papier-mâché versions offer a faint impression of the original, only to be upstaged by the real thing, which, within walking distance, visitors are encouraged to seek out.
Arlo Mountford and Rowan McNaught present Four Escapes (2014) a large-scale sculptural installation with projected video. The work brings together a multi-layered process applied to four different objects: a CHEP pallet, a sled, a chariot and a pigeon cage. Each object—representing ideas of orientation, escape and survival—has been computer modeled, then destroyed, each fragment then re constructed, positioned and informed by the projected image.
Jessie Bullivant and Laresa Kosloff have produced Artwork haiku work (2014), a series of photographs of haiku poems written in sand. The poems are based on artworks that the artists have encountered over the years. For the artists, this format reflects the experiential and interpretive basis of art, which is neither factual nor objective. The artists have located their work alongside didactic panels throughout the exhibition and within Newport public library on the second floor of The Substation.
Charlie Sofo and Isadora Vaughan have created an installation that includes sculpture, photography and text. The work explores their material language while encapsulating experiences and encounters in everyday life.This installation has emerged from Charlie and Isadora’s conversations, field trips, working alongside, through and around each other.
Over the course of six months artist Georgina Lee has collected objects that exist at the point of failure during human action at work in order to create the installation Successlessnesses (2014). Agnes So has responded to Georgina’s investigations by creating Work in Progress (2014), a video work, which explores subconscious actions the body performs when interacting with objects from the workplace.
Dylan Hammond and Travis Englefield present an interactive multimedia installation A Mandate From Nobody: Continuity Through The Ages (2014). The work is built around the imagined operations of a fictive organisation called the Community of Continuity; an organisation that believes it is tasked with the maintenance of the continuity of reality.
Alongside the exhibition, each artist duo has created an artwork in two scales and environments: a giant version on the Transit Gallery billboards, on view to commuters passing by The Substation; and a miniature version inside the gallery to be viewed by visitors.
SUB12 is presented in partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council who established the project in 2009 as a major initiative to present contemporary art in Melbourne’s West.
Supported by Hobsons Bay City Council
Successlessnesses (Installation), Georgina Lee and Work In Progress (projection) Agnes So. Photography: Kristy Milliken
2.5cm, Laser prints on paper. From left to right: Charlie Sofo and Isadora Vaughan- text written by Clementine Edwards, Arlo Mountford and Rowan McNaught, Laresa Kosloff and Jessie Bullivant, Liz Dunn and Lara Thoms, Dylan Hammond and Travis Englefield Georgina Lee and Agnes So. Photography: Kristy Milliken
2.5m, Laser prints on plan paper. From left to right: Charlie Sofo and Isadora Vaughan- text written by Clementine Edwards, Arlo Mountford and Rowan McNaught, Laresa Kosloff and Jessie Bullivant, Liz Dunn and Lara Thoms, Dylan Hammond and Travis Englefield Georgina Lee and Agnes So. Photography: Kristy Milliken