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NEW16 | ACCA
5 March - 8 May 2016
ACCA Main Exhibition Gallery
111 Sturt Street
NEW16 brings together eight newly commissioned projects by emerging artists around Australia. Curated by Annika Kristensen, the artists display a common interest in navigating and negotiating various tensions and thresholds: including relations between themselves and others, the artwork and the audience, private and public space, and productive futility.
Using visual language as a form of storytelling, the artists in NEW16 have created a unique series of works that are at once playful and poetic, futile and profound. The result is a very human exhibition – prompting us to reflect upon our own relationships, both with one another and our surrounds.
LIAM O'BRIEN & ALASDAIR MACINTYRE
5 December - 7 February 2016
Outer space, can be defined as the void that exists between celestial bodies, including the Earth. The contemporary exhibition, Outer Space utilises the idea of space as a metaphor to explore the limits and agency of the physical body and human existence within the physical environments.
2015 Jeremy Hynes Award
The 2015 Jeremy Hynes Award is given biannually by the IMA to an emerging experimental Queensland artist in honour of the late Jeremy Hynes. This year, the shortlisted artists were Clark Beaumont, Catherine or Kate, and Liam O’Brien. Each of these artists were invited to present and existing work in The Green Room.
Graduating from the Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with 1st class honours in 2010, Liam O’Brien has spent the last 5 years developing his practice through a number of solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and abroad, including Channels: Australian Video Art Festival (2013), SafARI (2014), and GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art (2015). During this time O’Brien has been a finalist in The Churchie National Emerging Art Award (2012), the John Fries Memorial Prize (2013), the Fishers Ghost Art Award (2015), and has been named a recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award (2013/14) and the Clayton Utz Art Award (2015). In 2013 he was commissioned for Artbank’s Performutations video series, curated by Dr. Daniel Mudie Cunningham. Also in 2013, he was selected for the Sister-City Artist Residency at 501 Artspace, Chongqing, China. In 2014 O’Brien held his first solo exhibition with a commercial gallery, Surrogates at Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art (Sydney, NSW). O’Brien’s work is featured in a number of public and private collections throughout Australia, including the Queensland Art Gallery Collection (Brisbane, QLD), the University of Queensland Art Collection (Brisbane, QLD), the Griffith University Art Collection (Brisbane, QLD), the Allens Arthur Robinson Art Collection (Sydney, NSW), and the Artbank Collection (Sydney, NSW).
Canberra Contemporary Art Space
Essay by David Broker
WHISTLING IN THE DARK
Emerging Queensland based artist Liam O'Brien sees the individual's place in the world as one of uncertainty and doubt, predominantly concerning one’s perception of their purpose in society and the potential meaninglessness of life.
Whistling in the Dark depicts a personified hand attempting to drag a relatively enormous sack from an idle position across an arbitrary line in a public space. O'Brien uses this absurd action to question the validity of struggle in the pursuit of self-determined goals, and how this struggle may appear meaningless from a particular perspective.
Since graduating with first class honours from Griffith University in 2010, O’Brien has been making work that examines the condition of the individual under late capitalism, with a particular interest in the ambiguities of personal freedom. O’Brien challenges everyday life’s ideologies and rituals through performative actions presented live or through still-image or time-based representations.
GOMA Q: Contemporary Queensland Art
Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
11 July - 11 October 2015
'GOMA Q' is the first in a series of exhibitions that will profile the innovations and achievements of leading Queensland visual artists.
The exhibition will profile more than 30 emerging, mid-career and senior artists working across the spectrum of themes and media and will reflect the dynamic character of Queensland art today. Queensland is a diverse setting and has become the site of exciting and productive artistic exchanges and intriguing ideas, values and aesthetic practices. ‘GOMA Q’ is a concept spun from the state’s evolving vitality and identity.