NO OFFENSE, BUT ….
There was another episode in EASS (Emerging Artists Support Scheme) saga last night. This is ANU Art School’s brilliant program that brings new artists together with community organisations/galleries throughout the year. And star of this particular show is CCAS Studio Resident Daniel Savage exhibiting his latest work in the Belconnen Community Centre’s gallery. Given the inclusive nature of the venue Dan’s show No offense, but … is totally appropriate with its focus on issues for people who represent variously marginalised groups (such as disability, gay, lesbian, transgender, mixed race, Aboriginal, Muslim and people who suffer mental illness). No offense, but .. addresses the way words are used to mark people as outsiders, resulting in dumb and insulting, personal questions like …. “How Aboriginal are you?”, “Who is the man in the relationship?” and “Does your husband make you wear that?”. Get the picture.
Using T shirts and slogans based on misleading stereotypes, Dan gives his subjects the opportunity to answer their stupid questions of choice. While this work might seen wryly amusing its actually no joke and reminds us that we are all guilty of thinking, if not saying some of the things that are just really annoying for the people they affect. But this is not just Dan being didactic, PC or preachy – its a stylish exhibition of portraits that offer much more than a mere likeness – in glorious almost black and white – it’s a startlingly honest insight into the experience of each person … No offense, but …. Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Crt, Belconnen Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm until 12 September.