Exhibition: I WAS HERE at Fremantle Arts Centre

I WAS HERE
Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
22 July – 16 September 2017

Alex Seton, I Was Here 2017, Bianca Carrara marble and ink, 75 x 180 x 2 cm each

Alex Seton, I Was Here 2017, Bianca Carrara marble and ink, 75 x 180 x 2 cm each

In Fremantle Arts Centre’s exhibition I WAS HERE, the world is flipped upside down, long held beliefs are disproved and fact replaced fiction as seven artists grapple with what’s real, imagined, or forgotten over time. Comprising photographic and sculptural works, I WAS HERE is a fascinating commentary on history itself and our relationship to the past.

Anna Richardson curated the exhibition, featuring Robyn Stacey (NSW), Tom Buckland (ACT), Alex Seton (NSW), Amy Spiers (VIC), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC), Kate McMillan (UK), and Wanda Gillespie (NZ).

Seton has contributed three works to the exhibition.  Left Turn at Alberqueque (2017) is a stop-motion video work depicting the artist gradually chipping away at a limestone tunnel. The title of the work makes reference to the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, who, emerging from the earth at any given site, would declare where he had made a wrong turn. 

I Was Here is a work in marble exploring the act of making and the ways in which humans attempt to apprehend history through the objects we create. Two large sheets of Bianco Carrara marble lean against the wall, one inscribed with the words ‘I Was Here’, the other bearing the inkblots that are the traces of this act.

Proof of Absence (2017) is composed of three pieces of limestone, which were pulled from beneath the sea off the coast of Vanuatu. They form part of a body of evidence assembled during the ‘undiscovery’ of Sandy Island, thought to be West of Vanuatu in the Coral Sea until its existence was disproved in 2013. The work reminds us that history itself is malleable, subject to errors and change.

Also on at FAC is Island, a solo exhibition by Ian Strange. Strange and Seton previously showed alongside one another in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial: Dark Heart, at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Countercurrents at Samstag Museum of Art

Countercurrents
Samstag Museum of Art
3 March – 14 April 2017

Someone Else's Problem 2015, marble dust, resin, Tasmanian oak, stainless steel, LED lights, dimensions variable. Installation view: Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, 2015

Someone Else's Problem 2015, marble dust, resin, Tasmanian oak, stainless steel, LED lights, dimensions variable. Installation view: Installation Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary, 2015

 

The Samstag Museum of Art is delighted to present two special exhibitions for the 2017 Adelaide Festival of ArtsThe Ocean After Nature and Countercurrents feature the work of twenty-three Australian and international artists and collaborations, exploring our relationship with and connections to the oceans through new media, sculpture, installation, painting and photography.

Presented in partnership with Independent Curators International, New York, The Ocean After Nature reflects on the complicated planetary effects that humanity and the oceans have on each other today. In response to that project, the Samstag Museum of Art has invited a number of artists – each with a connection to Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands – to probe the unique implications of this complex relationship for our region in the compelling Countercurrents exhibition.

Countercurrents features the work of Daniel Boyd, Baden Pailthorpe, Alex Seton, Fiona Tan, Angela Tiatia, James Tylor, and Ken & Julia Yonetani.

Young & Free | An Australian Discourse

Alex Seton is pleased to be included in the exhibition Young & Free | An Australian Discourse, at Bega Valley Regional Gallery, from 10 February- 18 March 2017.

Flag Stack 2011, Tinted Perspex, 8 x 36 x 68 cm

Flag Stack 2011, Tinted Perspex, 8 x 36 x 68 cm

 

Leading Australian artists Abdul Abdullah, Joan Ross, Alex Seton, Tony Albert and Liam Benson deliver works from their recent history that expose, play with and question broad contentious contemporary themes of Australian culture.

Young & Free showcases artists whose work discusses ideas of colonialism, nationalism, and hot button issues around immigration policy, patriotism, Indigenous affairs and gender identity.

The Island, Newcastle Art Gallery

Alex Seton is pleased to announce the solo survey exhibition The Island, at Newcastle Art Gallery from 18 February - 7 May 2017.

Paper Armada 2015, Bianca Carrara marble, dimensions variable.

Paper Armada 2015, Bianca Carrara marble, dimensions variable.

 

This solo exhibition contemplates and questions Australia’s role in the asylum debate. ‘The Island’ as a concept can be a safe place of refuge, isolated geographically and ideologically from the humanitarian challenges the world is currently grappling with. Alternatively it can take on a more sinister tone as a place deserted for those who have survived a perilous sea journey only to be marooned, stateless, detained, looking to the horizon for help.

In Europe today, the mass movement of refugees and asylum seekers displaced by war and poverty is history repeated. Where once immigrants were embraced as a means to drive the health and economy of nations, today we turn inwards as the ideology of walls and fences become potent political capital. Seton expertly transforms and manipulates his marble sculptures into emphatic motifs and metaphors of these current socio-political themes and narratives. 

Within the exhibition: oars, life rafts and life vests are washed up on the shores of the 'The Island'. A key work on loan from The Art Gallery of South Australia, Someone died trying to have a life like mine 2013 was first shown in the exhibition Dark Heart at the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. This major work of art is inspired by an actual event where 28 life jackets were found on a beach of the Cocos Islands within Australian territory, the owners still remain unidentified.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PRIZE-WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION 2015 "CONTEMPORARY TALENTS" International competition of Contemporary Art

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PRIZE-WINNERS OF THE COMPETITION 2015 "CONTEMPORARY TALENTS" International competition of Contemporary Art

Alex Seton's work Deluge in a cup 2015 is the Joint winner of the Contemporary Talents International Competition of Contemporary Art, Fondation Francois Schneider, Wattwiller, France

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Now Showing: Sealed Section at Artbank

Group show 'Sealed Section', now showing at Artbank in Waterloo, showcases art that deals with 'topics of impolite dinner conversation' - sex, politics, and religion. It features 2007 work 'Self-Censoring Helps Everyone' (pictured) from 'Security Blanket' alongside work from Abdul Abdullah, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Brook Andrew, Drew Bickford, Arthur Boyd, Sarah Contos, Yvette Coppersmith, Hannah Cutts, eX de Medici, Christine Dean, Christopher Dean, Leah Emery, Marie Hagerty, Richard Larter, Tara Marynowsky, David McDiarmid, Stephanie Monteith, Dorota Mytych, Scott Redford, Darren Siwes, TextaQueen and Yaritji Young.

Thanks to Curator Miriam Kelly and Artbank. Read the full curatorial statement here. 'Sealed Section' is showing until Feb 7, 2015.

Summer in Melbourne: McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park and Linden Centre for Contemporary Art

Alex is pleased to announce two solo exhibitions across two venues in Melbourne this summer - McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park and Linden Centre for Contemporary Art. The double show, collectively titled 'Last Resort', has toured from earlier exhibition 'Refoulement', at Sullivan + Strumpf in Sydney in late 2014. It continues the exploration of asylum seekers begun with the installation Someone died trying to have a life like mine at the 2014 Adelaide Biennial 'Dark Heart'. Following the two shows in Melbourne, 'Last Resort' will tour to Rockhampton Art Gallery in May. 

Showing at McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park from Nov 22, 2014 to Feb 8, 2015; Linden Centre for Contemporary Art from Dec 19, 2014 to Feb 15, 2015; and Rockhampton Art Gallery from May to July, 2015.