Exhibition between Aug 3-19

Opening reception on Friday 4 Aug at 6-8 pm

 

Gallery 1 :   Bound

by Milos Pelikan

The representation of tribalism, the essence of belonging and therefore being bound to a society; and the use of metaphor and transformative representations of mundane objects in an ongoing conversation are key influences driving Milos’ mixed media and sculptural practice. The works are directed at a consideration of the culture of “me” and its corrosive effects on social bindings, enterprise and psychology.

This focus has its origin in many years of living in the Melanesian culture of Papua New Guinea where symbolism in life and art is a driving social factor. Immersion in such diversity and disparity in cultural terrains has provided the foundation to a conversation about the constructed nature of cultural norms and perceptions. This early influence is seen in Milos’ use of masks and profiles – two powerful totemic symbols. Milos draws on this concept as a theoretical foundation in the transformation of everyday materials into totemic symbols of relationship, identity and bonding.

Milos’ interest in the symbols of story telling is reinforced through a strong association with the geospatial information and map making. Maps, much like sculptures, are landscapes, story-telling terrains created by the use of symbols – these symbols allow us to tell stories about spaces we inhabit and journeys we undertake. In essence his works are stories that invites reflection on overt and hidden bonds that are cultural relationships. 

 

Gallery 2:  Where's Loo Loo

by Caroline McGrath

Caroline’s art practice speaks of the emotional and psychological repercussions of childhood experiences and the resulting behaviors and feelings that may be carried into adulthood. Her work investigates how past events can subconsciously manifest in daily living and in our interactions with others. Caroline works mainly in performance and video art which may include: painting, photography, drawing and installation.

Through her practice, she aims to create an emotional conflict within the viewer of wanting to turn away, yet feeling compelled to persist in watching. Her work details the process of transforming feelings of powerlessness into feelings of empowerment through increasing autonomy and self-determination. 

Where’s Loo Loo? is a video artwork documenting the artist in childlike clothing and make up, looking directly into the camera and incessantly expressing her strong desire for Loo Loo, which is not met, resulting in dire consequences.

 

 

Gallery 3: Eunsook's Regular Meal

by Kim Eunsook

Eunsook's Regular Meal is
the contemporary archive of seasoning food of Namdo(south province of Ko- rea) which is representative for the most bountiful dining culture in South Korea. Eunsook's Regular Meal presents seasoning food of Namdo and family meal including rice, soup, vegetable, and kimchi.

Kim, the artist, has filmed three meals a day that she makes herself since 1st January 2016 (She keeps filming until now). This work is not only a faithful doc- umentation of traditional dishes and table which might be faded in the near future, but also a series of an archive that resonates Kim’s life.

Haenam in Jeollanam-do, Kim's Hometown, is called a granary area facing west and south sea of Korea. Haenam is well-known for rice production as it has wide fertile land along with sea, sunshine, and rain. Hanam's sea facing at the southernmost part of Korea has numerous islands around 2,200. The winding mudflat located in inland deeply is a paradise of migratory birds. The distinctive agriculture has been developed in Namdo with deep forest, broad green field, sea and mudflat. Especially, various dishes have been flourished as known for 'Namdo dining table' or 'Namdo dish'. These terms are also the representative brand of Korean food.

Kim was born in Namdo where she still dwells in. The three meals a day that she prepares for her family as a housewife represent the most ordinary family meal of Namdo region. Eunsook's Regular Meal thus is an ideal meal for Korea in 2017. It is a masterpiece reflecting her whole life that anyone could not attempt again. 

 

Future

Opening reception on Friday 25 Aug at 6-8 pm. 

 
 

Current.

BlackCat Gallery is a new and exciting space to promote Australian and South East Asian Artists. We are now taking Artists submissions for 2018 and all work on the site is currently available for purchase and private viewings. Please contact us for more details.

 

Internship - Volunteer

Volunteer at BlackCat Gallery, artist run initiative located at Collingwood. We invite volunteers, photographers and interns to be part of a small team. We would like to hear from you, if you have a few hours or able to engage in a 3 month internship assisting in gallery operations, install and deinstall, invigilating and documenting artworks. 

Email your resume to info@blackcatgallery.com.au