Exhibition dates: 5 September to 5 October 2013
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the
Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Photography by Phebe Schmidt.
SPIROS PANIGIRAKIS (curator)
15 November – 15 December 2012
Sarah Scout is delighted to present the group exhibition Appointments, featuring work by Fiona Abicare, Fiona Macdonald, Scott Mitchell and Spiros Panigirakis.
Appointments are pre-determined social engagements. Appointments are the additional items, fittings or furniture that are arranged in a given room. Appointments are professional positions – assigned or bestowed.
Curated by Spiros Panigirakis, Appointments expores the connections between art, design, film, fashion, commerce and commodity and comprises discrete projects by each of the artists that mine these intersections.
Appointments explores how we might value the social space between bodies and objects in the space of an art gallery. The exhibition critically examines the artist’s complicit role in assigning or negotiating status, perpetuating stylistic tropes and disseminating artistic practice in both the gallery space of Sarah Scout and its office/stockroom. As fraught as these institutional interrogations are, the artists in the exhibition create an interplay between the accounting of dynamics of power with exploring notions of the absurd, the sensuous, the melancholic and the psychological.
Fiona Abicare re-presents Artist Actor, Artist Auteur (2010), a major project by the artist initially presented as part of Sarah Scout’s participation in the Melbourne Art Fair 2010. For this work Abicare sourced filmic representations of female artists, within the parameters of a specific year. Her work responds to Chantal Akerman’s Les Rendez-vous D’Anna (1978) and John Cassavetes’ Opening Night (1978), presenting recreations of two of the female character’s wardrobes (created with designer Darsha Maurice) together with a series of sculptural forms, objects, elements and schematic representations. At specific times during the exhibition a model wearing the recreated outfits will inhabit the gallery space.
Fiona Macdonald’s Glade I and Glade II (1994) are presented in the Sarah Scout office/stockroom housed within two crates specifically designed and constructed by Spiros Panigirakis. The crating of the work mirrors the obstructive spatial and conceptual strategies frequently employed by Macdonald. The content of the crates can be viewed by appointment only. This fourth display of Glade will be accompanied by a publication – with a commissioned essay by Tamsin Green.
Scott Mitchell will re-present and reanimate a work made for Fame Show at Gertrude Contemporary Art Space. Entitled, I am in a show at 200 Gertrude St (1999) the project saw the artist wearing clothing printed with the text ‘I’m in a show at 200 Gertrude Street’ for the duration of the exhibition. Whilst this was true in 1999 – what does it mean for this work to be re-performed in 2012.
Posters (2012) a new work by Spiros Panigirakis presents a series of 18 posters in a poster rack. The posters are based on the Sarah Scout insignia, reconstituted into a series of graphic patterns each markedly different from the next.