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Your Time

Your Time

Phebe Schmidt

Opening 01.08.18 6-8pm
Artist Talks 23.08.18 6-7pm

Your Time examines concepts of selfhood - seeking to make visible the gaps between image/brand and nebulous concepts of "reality" and “authenticity”. Part of this process is the conflation of subject and object, evoking a sense of ephemerality and the fragmentary disposable nature of ‘the brand’. Through the use of a highly constructed and uncanny visual aesthetic that is not bound by time and place, a fictional space is created that blurs the line between the real and the unreal. Exaggerated by slow motion, the subject’s movements are awkward, robotic and emotionless - the character acts out her own surreal dreamscape, straining to remain focussed on an ambiguous and elusive end-goal. The character enacts an imaginary ‘everyday’ life, a performance of self that reveals an aspirational portrayal of perhaps a future, or idealised, self. This theatrical space explores and unpacks the familiar within a “real-world imaginary” together with a character who is trying to visualise who they are and want to be.

Phebe Schmidt (b. 1993) is a photographer and filmmaker based in Naarm (Melbourne). Her work explores consumption, self-image and identity in a branded, surveilled contemporary culture. Schmidt graduated with first class Honours from RMIT in 2017, was the recipient of the 2018 Eastside International Residency (LA), and has exhibited in both solo and group shows nationally and internationally. Schmidt has exhibited at West Space (VIC), Blindside (VIC), The Honeymoon Suite (VIC), Art Space (NSW), Gertrude Contemporary (VIC), Moana Project Space (WA), Margaret Lawrence Gallery (VIC), Sarah Scout Gallery (VIC) and Gaia Gallery (Istanbul) among others. In addition to her art practice, Schmidt is a widely published commercial photographer, working for publications from Vogue to Vault Magazine. Her commercial and art practices inform each other and are central to her investigation of visibility and branded identity.


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