Opening 28.05.14 6-9pm
Artist Talks 31.05.14 2-4m
‘Contra’ began as a deconstructive response to the rectangular, fluro lighting rig of the gallery space. The work consists of a continuous line made of sewage piping that contorts around the parameters of the imaginary volume under the rig. In contrast to the fluro tubes which emit light, the pipe structure is painted gold to reflect the light from the fluros. The contradiction of the gold painted pipe conflates associations of the visceral and abject with the transcendental. This exploration is informed by a number of historic references including the 1917 ‘God’ sculpture of Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, gold monochromes of Yves Klein, the excess of Baroque cathedral interiors and theatrical shamanism of Joseph Beuys.
Biljana Jancic is a Sydney artist whose work consists mainly of spatial interventions. Over the past ten years she has exhibited work in a range of spaces in Sydney and further afield. Recent solo shows from 2013 were ‘Opposed’, Lock Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle and ‘Trap’ at Institute of Contemporary Art Newtown (ICAN). In 2013 she also exhibited work in a number of group exhibitions including Black Square: 100 Years, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Look This Way, UTS Gallery, University of Technology Sydney and Full Court Press, (Curated by Sebastian Goldspink) Artereal Gallery, Sydney. In 2014 her work was exhibited in the St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, Sydney and Conquest of Space (Curated by Andrew Frost) COFA Galleries. Jancic studied at the Sydney College of the Arts where she completed a PhD in 2012.