From confined space to infinite cyberspace, thirteen artists explore a planet in crisis across a variety of platforms.
Curated by Erin Sickler
Exhaust is presented with MONA and Contemporary Art Tasmania as part of Mona Foma
MONA FOMA season in Hobart plays host to many International and National artists, a philosophy punctuated in the group exhibition *Exhaust* presented as part of the 2016 festival in partnership with Contemporary Art Tasmania. New York based curator Erin Sickler has conceived of an experimental group gesture – not so much of an exhibition, but more of a collective trace whose lineage references periods of past social and political upheaval and the subsequent responses of the avant-garde.
The over-arching ethos of the project is that of process: marking out the transmission of cultural information through various modes of art distribution, from the limited space of the gallery through to the seemingly infinite expanses of the web. Participating artists in exhaust include: Zanny Begg, Dirk De Bruyn, Sally Golding, Laura Hindmarsh, Alicia King, Nancy Mauro-Flude, Ian Milliss, James Newitt, Sally Rees + Rowan Reynolds, Ariana Reines, Rehana Zaman. Curated by Erin Sickler. At Contemporary Art Tasmania from 13 January - 14 February 2016.
*exhaust* multi-sited exhibition that begins from an impossible position: how to work, survive and thrive on a planet in crisis. Taking its cue from the activities of historical avant-gardes such as Surrealism and Fluxus - that faced great social and political upheaval in their times - to place the work of art into a broader historical, geographical and philosophical context. exhaust is not so much an exhibition, a fixed and singular event, as a trace. Following the transmission of cultural information and artworks made by 13 international artists across various modes of art distribution from the singular space of the gallery, to a limited edition of prints and multiples that will function as a boîte-en-valise, or traveling exhibition to related projects made for the seemingly infinite expanses of the web, the project aims to trouble common assumptions about art and its contexts on a dying planet.
[Image:Alicia King, Mineral skin II, 2015]
[Beyond Hall of Marvels (2016) Ouroboric assemblage and performance. Image: Nancy Mauro-Flude]