Rent-free for Artists 2015
Rent-free for Artists 2014

Program

Performing Absence

Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae. Curated by Victoria Bennett

27th Jun 2014 – 26th Jul 2014 · West Space ·
Opening: THURSDAY 26 JUNE 2014, 6-8PM.
Artist Talk: THURSDAY 24 JULY 2014, 5.30-6.30PM.

Performing Absence brings together three Melbourne image-based artists whose re-appropriation of photographic techniques interrogates ideas around community, identity and process. The exhibition explores Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae’s exploitation of visual illusion, the performative element of each of these works is not as it seems. It is the absence of traditional live performance in each of the works that illuminates the photographers’ presence, process and intent. Process is the performance and the photographer the performer. We see the artists’ presence as creators at each step of the process, their gestures recorded in every dust spot, scratch, kink and curl of the paper; the performance not so absent after all­.

Audience 15-3-13 #5
  • Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae, curated by Victoria Bennett, Performing Absence, installation shot, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
  • Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae, curated by Victoria Bennett, Performing Absence, installation shot, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
  • Clare Rae, Untitled Actions (for Stages), silver gelatin prints, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
  • Dannica Chappell, Cadence (in 2 parts) Chromogenic print, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
  • Ross Coulter, Audience 15/3/13, Gelatin silver print, 2013, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae, curated by Victoria Bennett, Performing Absence, installation shot, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae, curated by Victoria Bennett, Performing Absence, installation shot, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae, curated by Victoria Bennett, Performing Absence, installation shot, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Danica Chappell, Ross Coulter and Clare Rae, curated by Victoria Bennett, Performing Absence, installation shot, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Clare Rae, Untitled Actions (for Stages), silver gelatin prints, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Clare Rae, Untitled Actions (for Stages), silver gelatin prints, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Dannica Chappell, Cadence (in 2 parts) Chromogenic print, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Dannica Chappell, Cadence (in 2 parts) Chromogenic print, 2014, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Ross Coulter, Audience 15/3/13, Gelatin silver print, 2013, photo credit: Christo Crocker
Ross Coulter, Audience 15/3/13, Gelatin silver print, 2013, photo credit: Christo Crocker