In some places it’s illegal to hang your washing out to dry

Fiona Abicare
Nadine Christensen
Carolyn Eskdale
Claire Lambe and Phebe Schmidt
Virginia Overell

14 November to 13 December 2014

Guest curated by Rosemary Forde, In some places it’s illegal to hang your washing out to dry features new and existing work by six Melbourne-based artists.

Inspired partly by the Sarah Scout Presents gallery spaces, with all those windows, doors and views out across the internal courtyards, this exhibition considers the private and semi-private spaces of homes, studios and small offices. Such spaces can contain and collapse domestic and work life, mixing personal, social and functional activities. These everyday surroundings, invested with personal attachments and relationships, are in contrast to the various forms of public display of the work and activity that goes on in them.

In some places it’s illegal to hang your washing out to dry suggests a literal reference to housework and domestic labour, but also the well-worn metaphor of (not) airing your dirty laundry in public. In both interpretations there’s a question about what’s on view and what’s kept invisible, what’s permissible and what’s prudish.

 

Category
Carolyn Eskdale, Claire Lambe, Fiona Abicare, Past Exhibitions