Katie Lee, Bridie Lunney, Harriet Turnbull Making SenseOpening: Tuesday 14 October, 6–8pm Dates: 14-25 October 2008
For something to ʻmake senseʼ it requires a particular logic. A logic that can be recognised, enacted, or obeyed. However, many things that we encounter as we negotiate the world loose this distinctive edge. And these interactions, either through our bodies or the physical navigation of space, can seem abrasive or ridiculous. This may be a contrary state of mind, of being, or simply not fitting in – whether that be momentary, or imagined. These daily actions leave a physical memory. A body memory, of how it feels to be destablised, to know something through your body, or to find the world unstable.
By overlaying and intersecting these concepts within their work Katie Lee, Bridie Lunney and Harriet Turnbull create cross-references throughout the physical space of the gallery. The artists shift the utility of gesture, apparatus and space. That which begins as controlled or controlling soon degrades into something that whilst resembling its origin, begins to make a lot less sense.
Drawing together concepts that relate to disciplinary space, objects and actions, Katie Lee, Bridie Lunney and Harriet Turnbull present work that overlays and intersects, creating cross references throughout the gallery.
Turnbull’s performance videos use repetitive action based on the routine of a safety demonstration. As the action degenerates, the rhetoric of the gesture is revealed. Lee collaborates, highlighting their performative nature and pushing the actions into the realm of the absurd.
This action is echoed again by Lee in the main gallery alongside a selection of apparatus placed in the space. The pieces imply a prescribed action, however the implied utility has been disconcertingly muted.
In the back room Lunney forces the viewer to traverse the area in an unexpected way, making use of the body to acknowledge and understand the existing space.
The artists shift the utility of gesture, apparatus and space. That which begins as controlled or controlling soon degrades into something that whilst resembling its origin, begins to make a lot less sense.
The artists would like to acknowledge and thank:
Adam Affif, Briele Hansen, Duncan Macgregor, Ben Sibley, Sasha
Strickland, Greg Wood and Bus Gallery
Photography by Christian Capurro