April 01

COMING UP : EVEN WORSE GIRLS

Bali tourist fare

Bali tourist fare

Exhibitions opening Friday night 4 April at 6 pm

Its an in house joke. Some smart a… said the next show up at CCAS is like a continuation of Bad Girls (same time last year) so the three exhibitions by Mariana del castillo, Pat Hoffie and Samantha Small are being affectionately referred to as ” even worse girls”. Pat’s show people do have the right to be bigots you know  is based on bumper stickers sold to Australian tourists in Bali which are transferred onto carvings similarly manufactured for the tourist trade. This is a very amusing exhibition with a sobering edge as it offers a startling insight into the way Balinese people see us. And it ain’t necessarily pretty. As a fair amount of time has elapsed since these works were shown as you gotta love it at Artspace in Sydney, Pat has updated the work to include revealing quotes from Australian politicians regarding current relations with Indonesia. Again it ain’t pretty but you gotta laugh.

Pat Hoffie - from people do have the right to be bigots you know

visions of modern Australia through Balinese eyes – Pat Hoffie – from people do have the right to be bigots you know

In the MAINspace Mariana del Castillo is installing Scars of a ritual past, an imposing spectacle consisting of works that reflect her first impressions of Australia,  the “endless blinking neon lights of suburban Kingsford” along with memories of  her original home in Ecuador where ” religious fervour, guilt and the realisation of hell where forever branded on her young psyche through an endless series of festivals, rituals and observances”. This is an intense juxtaposition (haven’t used that word in a while) of objects that sometimes reflect a jarring clash of cultures – revealing the experience of many immigrants to Australia. As Mariana says ” There is a depth of displacement that children of migrants carry, and religious standings and convictions can often stand in opposition to the new secular society.”

Mariana del Castillo from Scars of a ritual past installation 2014-2size variable-mixed media

cultural clash – Mariana del Castillo – from Scars of a ritual past installation 2014

Samantha Small is in the Cube busily reducing its volume with a claustrophobic constructed corridor. This is an uncomfortable experiential space  of doors that promises to open onto or into something (we don’t know what) but in the end closes in on the audience. It’s kind of horrible but totally fascinating. Samantha’s work takes its title from “the deliberate misinterpretation of Broodthaers’ untitled poem, sour castles is an architectural intervention that invites the viewer to enter the ‘non-place’ of the hotel hallway.” There is but one spot in the installation that seems to offer an escape, an opening through a peephole ….. but you will need to judge for yourself by entering into this exceedingly evocative non space. LOVE the mystery.

poetic claustrophobia – Samantha Small’s – “non place” from sour castles

poetic claustrophobia – Samantha Small’s – “non place” from sour castles in production