7 vs 9
Isabelle Sully and Lewis Fidock
10th Oct 2014 – 8th Nov 2014 · West Space ·
Opening: Thursday 9 October 2014, 6-8pm.
Artist Talk: Thursday 6 November 2014, 5:30-6:30pm.
7 v 9 takes its name from a famous debate within Australian art history: the seven Antipodean artists who, in ‘defense of the image’ opposed the proliferation of abstraction in Australia, and the Sydney Nine who contrarily critiqued the dogmatic approach to the figurative as being inadequate for our time.
Lewis Fidock and Isabelle Sully have made a collection of paintings and sculptures that force visual contradictions and pilfer stylistic tendencies to ruminate on the cultivation of current Australian art practice.
Lewis Fidock and Isabelle Sully both completed their Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) at The Victorian College of the Arts in 2013. Lewis’ past and future projects include Sarabande (curated by Lewis Fidock), Goodtimes Studio, 2012, The Future Is Long Enough For It All To Come True, Kings ARI, 2013, Das Boot (curated by Oscar Perry and Esther Stewart), Next Wave Festival, 2014 and an upcoming solo exhibition Thunder In Aspic, TCB, 2014. In 2012 Lewis has been the recipient of both the Myer and Majlis Encouragement Awards. Isabelle’s past and future projects include Common Room at Rearview Gallery, 2012, In a Single Space, c3, 2012, Pardon Me, But Your Position Has Been Struck by Lightning and Future Now, The Substation, 2014, and a residency at The Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Aberdeen, Scotland. She was also a 2013 recipient of the Australia Council ArtStart grant.