Jackson Farley, Yixuan Geng and Shaun Hayes
3rd February – 24th February 2018
Every year we present the work of new and exciting artists in the exhibition titled INTRODUCING. This year’s artists are mixed media artist Jackson Farley,object maker Yixuan Geng and ceramicist Shaun Hayes.
Jackson Farley is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Sydney, Australia. With a particular focus on old notions of masculinity in the contemporary, he explores phallocentric histories and notions of 'genius art'. His works juxtapose classical iconography with crude cartoon characteristics and bold pops of colour. Most recently his work has focused on the possibility of a pluralistic approach to masculinity through an idiosyncratic approach to loaded histories and iconography.
Farley completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (First Class Honours) at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2017 and was awarded the University Award for Drawing as well as Printmedia. He has also studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA and was awarded the China Cultural Centre residency in Chengdu, China in October 2017.
Jackson Farley CV and Artist Statement December 2017 (Download PDF)
Shaun Hayes is a ceramic artist. His work uses imagery taken from toys, popular culture and found traditional ceramic figurines, cutting up, exchanging, adding and altering elements, to create narrative sculptures often with a slight unearthly, mysterious quality. His work explores and celebrates the human condition combining parts to create a slightly repellent image, however always humorous, through humour he explores the relativity of contemporary life. His works draw from ceramics ancient history and the everyday, playing and combining images using fantasy, humour and skill.
Shaun Hayes received a Bachelor of Arts (visual), with Honours majoring in Ceramics from the Australian National University (ANU) School of Art in 2013. He was Awarded an artist residency at Starthnairn Arts in July of 2014 and is still currently producing work there. His work has been selected for a number of group exhibitions and has won a number of awards.
Shaun Hayes CV and Artist Statement December 2017 (Download PDF)
This series of brooches has an inspiration from traditional Chinese painting. It does not only show the oriental beauty, but also the philosophy of a positive attitude of life. The designer want to express a sense of joy through this work, and the work also is a part of representation of the designer's life philosophy- be simple and be happy.
Yixuan has recently completed her Bachelor of Design (Honours) from UNSW Art and Design.