Event Name Certain realities
Start Date 30 Aug 2019 9:07 am
End Date 10 Nov 2019 4:07 pm
Duration 72 days and 6 hours

We are each impacted by cultural tension in our environment. Pointing out where these cultural tensions exist is one role of an artist.

Certain realities brings together seven such artists, dedicated to their practice of social investigation and cultural articulation.

This assembly of sculpture, painting, installation, and newly commissioned performances places the artists voice, concerns, and anxieties at the centre of the conversation.

Barriers, impediments and thresholds present as recurring motifs with Isadora Vaughan’s beeswax screens and mycelium colonies, Spence Messih’s poetic use of everyday materials, Tony Schwensen’s handcrafted prototypes for a Mexico / US border wall, and Anna Kristensen’s enigmatic photo realist paintings. A major work by Archie Moore takes the simplest of marks – X – and ruminates on colonial history, violence and sovereignty.

Incorporated across the exhibition is a series of performance works, with Spence Messih and Tony Schwensen inviting community readings that amplify the concerns of their static works. Dancer and choreographer Lizzie Thomson’s newly commissioned work considers dance’s fraught cultural history, and a commissioned five-part performance by Brian Fuata presents artwork as correspondence, the artist having sought connection with men in the Albury area, also named Brian. The exhibition will conclude amidst the noise of the Archie Moore fronted art rock band, ∑gg√e|n.

Each artist’s work exists in pursuit of truth and understanding. This exhibition recognises the importance of their artistic labour and its ability to shape wider social efforts. With each artists’ contribution we are invited to contend with certain realities.

Lizzie Thompson dancing in open space with voluminous blue pants

Lizzie Thomson, TACET: Rhythmic Composition (After Roy De Maistre’s Rhythmic Composition in Yellow Green Minor, 1919), 2016, Performance as part of Choreography and the Gallery, a one-day salon on 27 April 2016 at the Art Gallery of NSW, presented by the 20th Biennale of Sydney in partnership with School of the Arts & Media, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences.Courtesy  Biennale of Sydney Photograph: Document Photography


Friday 30 August (Exhibition opening)
live program 1: Brian Fuata / Lizzie Thomson
5.30pm - 7.30pm

Saturday 31 August
Artist talks: Spence Messih / Brian Fuata / Lizzie Thomson / Archie Moore
10.30am - 11.30am

Thursday 12 September
live program 2: Brian Fuata / Tony Schwensen
presented as part of the 2019 Write Around the Murray Festival 
5.30pm - 6.30pm

Saturday 5 October
live program 3: Brian Fuata / Tony Schwensen
10.30am - 11.30am

Saturday 26 October
live program 4: Brian Fuata / Spence Messih
10.30am - 11.30am

Friday 8 November (Exhibition closing)
live program 5: Brian Fuata / Lizzie Thomson / ∑gg√e|n (Archie Moore et al)
5.30pm - 7.00pm