Artist in Residence announced for 2016
Grafton Regional Gallery is excited to have Todd Fuller and Gosia Wlodarczak spending a month each at the gallery as this years Artist in Residence.
Two Artists in Residences Confirmed for 2016
In conjunction with 2016 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) two contemporary artists whose practice centers around drawing have been invited to be this years Artists in Residence. As a lead up to the JADA opening in late October Sydney based artist Todd Fuller will take up residency from 30 September – 28 October 2016. The second residency begins 31 October – 28 November 2016 with international artist Gosia Wlodarczak also spending a month at the Gallery.
Todd proposes to work on 2 distinct research/drawing projects. The first being 'The tinkerer'. Throughout my time in Grafton, I wish to commence and complete a new film titled ‘the tinkerer.’ The tinkerer is a hand drawn film about an inventor, I man who creates his own machines and watches them alter the world around him. The streets of Grafton in tones of sepia will serve as the backdrop, while fictitious machines drawn from antiques will be his creations. The tinkerer will unpack themes of agency, creation, spirituality, ethics and science as well as transience, fragility, power, dominance, transformation and loss. I will also bring a series of small drawing machines, which are recent inventions of my own for creating unique grounds for artworks.
The other titled 'Gay for Grafton' is a project which was first conceived when visiting Grafton for 2014 JADA prize. While in the area, I met a local gay man. We discussed the challenges of being a homosexual in rural Australia: dating in the bush, mental health and suicide, bullying, as well as community groups such as Grafton High School Gay Straight Alliance. I plan to seek and draw 8 homosexuals in the Grafton community as animated portraits. The portraits will capture simple gestures, such as turning heads, or swaying. The portraits will then be over layed and edited together to create one oscillating fluid portrait. This piece will aim to create a profile of homosexuality in regional Australia and also to create a hybrid a memorial for the queer community in Australia who have been loss. Todd intends to works closely with the community during his residency.
Second Artist in Resident Gosia Wlodarczak was born in Poland (1959) and graduated Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Poland (1984). She was awarded numerous prizes and grants including: Australia Council New Work Grant for Established Artists (2013 and 2006); Australia Council Skills and Development Grant (2008).
Wlodarczak has held over 50 solo exhibitions and 40 performances in Australia and internationally including: The Ice Cube, Frost Drawing for MSK Gent Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, Found in Translation: Deakin University Art Gallery Deakin University, Melbourne (2015), Found in Translation TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne (2014), Frost Drawing for the Museum MCA National Museum, Szczecin (2013), A Room Without A View RMIT Gallery, Melbourne (2013), Between Wander & Settlement Western Washington University, Bellingham (2012). A list of her recent group exhibitions include: Drawing Out, the Dobell Drawing Biennial Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Trace Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2014), The 5th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: More Light, Russian Federation (2013), Contemporary Australia: Women Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2012), Drawing Now Paris Carrousel de Louvre, France (2012), Singapore Biennale 2011, and Pathway: Drawing In, On, and Through the Landscape The Drawing Center, New York (2011).
Wlodarczak’s work is represented in collections including: National Gallery of Australia; Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Artbank. In 2013, Wlodarczak was featured in the Phaidon publication Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing.
Drawing is at the heart of Gosia Wlodarczak’s practice. She doesn’t work in a studio. Instead her drawings happen in real time in the exhibition space documenting the present moment as she witnesses it. For example, in 2012, as part of an ongoing series of ‘Frost Drawings’ the artist staged an 18-day drawing performance at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art. At ‘Window Shopping, Frost Drawing for GOMA’, Wlodarczak arrived each day at GOMA dressed in different outfits mimicking a mannequin in a fashion store window. She leaned against the glass facade of the museum entrance and drew her interactions with passers-by in a continuous white line on the glass. The resulting intricate networks of shapes act as an archive of that specific time and place, a ‘membrane’ between different states of being, while the white pigment references her childhood growing up in Poland looking out of frosty windows during winter. Wlodarczak migrated to Australia in 1996 and is based in Melbourne.
Gosia Wlodarczak plans to continue on her Frost Drawing works which are always created and performed in public and are works created over extended periods: ‘I draw what passes behind the glass wall over that time, continually shifting my position and perspective in full view of passers-by, leaving behind a multifaceted image of my presence.’ Frost Drawing is a series of temporary projects in situ where each individual drawing performance and its outcome a large-scale installation on glass is inspired and conceptually structured to address and evoke the nature of its location, provoked by the context, and/or addresses issues associated with the character of its location.
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