Mind and Matter
Emma Leslie – Genevieve Reynolds – Kylie Spear
5th Feb – 22nd Feb 2014
Three female emerging artists from three separate disciplines are linked in Mind and Matter, through a shared fascination for the relationship between the human body and mind.
Through drawing, painting, photography and video, each artist uniquely expresses the link between internal mind and the outer, physical world, using gesture, colour and form. Kylie Spear's meditative and delicate actions encourage reflection and shift our perceptions of time. Genevieve Reynolds' floral abstractions emerge and recede in darkness, alluding to the interior and intimate, while Emma Leslie's manual gestures marry with light to create abstract planes of colour and shadow; frozen portraits of passion.
Emma Leslie - Artist Statement
this. . . is a homage to photography’s disappearing materiality.
this. . . is my lament for colour analogue technology.
this. . . is a photogram; a photograph without a negative.
this. . . is a crumpled piece of light sensitive paper.
this. . . is evidence of gesture.
this. . . is an image of itself.
this. . . is an abstraction.
this. . . is light.
this. . .
In response to the demise of photography’s colour analogue printing, this. . . investigates light and gesture through photographic chemical processes. Using a technique exclusive to analogue technology these photograms involve physically manipulating light sensitive paper in total darkness before being exposed to light and chemically developed. Without a negative these photograms explore composition, gesture and the atmospheric qualities of light through the evocation of landscapes. Employing these tactile processes reinstates the fingerprint of the artist in this now digitally dominated medium.
Genevieve Reynolds - Artist Statement
Fecund, floral forms float suspended in space, emerging from enveloping darkness. Saturated colours and organic shapes allude to the bodily and psychologically internal and private. Informed by still lifes of the Renaissance, the gestural compositions hover between the abstract and figurative, mimicking ambiguous and crystallised intention and thought.
Kylie Spear - Artist Statement
My current studio practice explores the philosophical possibilities of drawing, line and and mark-making. I approach drawing from an expanded perspective; that is, drawing using media not necessarily associated with traditional understandings of the medium. I view the line as a conceptual tool of both connection and division, capable of uniting disparate elements and creating boundaries between the familiar.
|2009 – 2012||Bachelor of Photography with Honours (First Class)
Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
|2010||Studied one semester at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada.|
|2013||this. . . , The Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane.|
|2013||this. . . , Performance Frontiers, Brisbane.|
|2012||Nocturnes, The Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane.|
|2013||For Want of a Better Word, The Hold Gallery, Brisbane.|
|2013||Mortal: Immortal , The Hold Gallery, Brisbane.|
|2013||Nightwatch, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne.|
|2013||Art snack, Diagram and Gone at Dusk at Southbank, Brisbane.|
|2012||Up Start: QCA Honours Photography Graduate Exhibition, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.|
|2011||Finalist in the GAS: Graduate Art Show, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.|
|2011||Dimensions NC Photography Award, Nudgee College.|
|2011||National Association for the Visual Arts Ignition Prize.|
Bachelor of Photography (Fine Art) 2010 Academic Excellence Awards 2008, 2009, 2010 Godfrey Rivers Medal for Highest Achieving Studio Practice 2010
Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) 2011
Let’s Talk About Us, Griffith University Art Gallery, September.
Let’s Talk About Us, Carriageworks (Sydney Contemporay Art Fair), September.
New Aquisitions II, Fort Delta, Melbourne, July. !!
Mortal Immortal, The Hold Artspace, Brisbane, April. !!
! IEDAS, Harvest Music Festival, November. !! ! Congratulation Sensation, Judith Wright Center, October. !! ! RGBCMYK, Bleeding Hearts Gallery, June. !! ! 04 4783 8490, Ryan Renshaw Window Box, April. !! ! Oh Video, South Bank (projected), February. !! 2011
! With Baited Breath, Griffith University, December. !! ! Know Your Product, Nine Lives, September. !!Other Projects
Co-founder and director of the Artist Run Initiative ‘Diagram’ (2011-present)
DIAGRAM is an Artist-Run Initiative based across Sydney and Brisbane, comprised of three young art practitioners. We aim to promote quality contemporary art from emerging practitioners while encouraging dialogue and fostering professional relationships within local art communities.
Art Snack (October 2012 - February 2013)
Managed Art Snack, a pop up art shop on Grey Street. This shop showcased a rotating exhibition of local emerging artists’ work. Only small scale work was stocked, and all work was priced under $250.
Ryan Renshaw (June 2011 – June 2012)
Curated eleven Window Box exhibits at Ryan Renshaw Gallery, showcasing emerging local and international artists.
The Salon (stage one, ongoing)
! The Salon (stage one) is an ongoing series of private artist discussion groups, for ! artists by artists, in an intimate and informal setting. This project aims to provide artists ! with critical ! dialogue, feedback and encourage new professional relationships. ! Currently there have been six Salons, each with four presenting artists.
The Salon (stage two, ongoing) ! ! The Salon (stage two) is an ongoing series of public artist lectures given to an audience ! in their exhibiting space. Audience participation is encouraged. These have been held ! at the Art Snack pop-up gallery (South Bank), The Hold (West End) and UQ Art ! museum (St Lucia).
Let’s Talk About Us
! Let’s Talk About Us is an interactive art game that encourages and facilitates intimate and sincere dialogue between two strangers. A member of Diagram sits on a couch and invites members of the audience to sit with them and draw a card from a deck. The cards each display an intimate question, which most parties must answer. For example, “When was the last time you made someone cry?,” “Do you think you’re good at sex”? “Are you happy?” The artwork was performed at the Sydney Contemporary Art Fair 2013, Carriageworks, and Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Education and Training
2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, First Class, Griffith University.
2013 The Space Between Thoughts, Constance ARI, Hobart, TAS.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 Mind and Matter, Stanley Street Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney, NSW, upcoming.
2013 Crossing borders: video art, place & identity, Containerval, Hamilton, QLD.
2013 The Salon, Diagram ARI in association with UQ SoFA, South Bank, QLD.
2012 Spread: BFA Honours Graduate Exhibition, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD.
2012 The GAS + Espresso Garage Awards, Griffith University Art Gallery, South Bank, QLD.
2012 Supporter, BARI Festival, The Wandering Room, in association with The Box Gallery West End, QLD.
2012 In Dialogue, White Box Gallery, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD.
2011 Comb Artspace: Tokyo Grand Tour, Design Festa Gallery, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
2011 ARTillery: Human Rights Arts Festival, Jugglers Art Space, Fortitude Valley, QLD.
2011 The GAS + Espresso Garage Awards, Griffith University Art Gallery, South Bank, QLD.
2011 To That Which Is: Graduate Exhibition, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD.
2011 Three Winter Coats and a Dirty Knife, Nine Lives Gallery, Fortitude Valley, QLD.
2011 Mortality, Comb Artspace, Coolangatta, QLD.
2011 Closer, The Wandering Room, New Farm, QLD.
2011 Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, Jugglers Art Space, Fortitude Valley, QLD.
2011 Tenterhooks, The Tidy Gallery, Woolloongabba, QLD.
2009 The Fourth Wall, The Project Gallery, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD.
2008 Reach Out to Humanity Charity Exhibition, The White Box, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD.
2008 First Year Fine Art Exhibition, River Studios, Griffith University, South Bank, QLD.
Selected Curated Projects
2013 Curator, A River Without Banks: Expanded Drawing, West End, QLD.
2013 Curator, you & I: thoughts on intimacy, West End, QLD.
2013 Co-Curator, 2 Big 2 Fail, West End, QLD.
2011 Co-Curator, Tenterhooks, Woolloongabba, QLD.
2009 Co-Curator, The Fourth Wall, South Bank, QLD.
Selected Professional Experience
2013 Director, The Hold Artspace, West End, QLD.
2013 Sessional Lecturer, Griffith University, Education (contemporary fine art), Mount Gravatt, QLD.
2013 Writer, Griffith University Art Gallery, Graduate Art Show, South Bank, QLD.
2012- 2013 Gallery Attendant, Griffith University Art Gallery, South Bank, QLD.
2012- 2013 Invigilator, Griffith University Art Gallery, South Bank, QLD.
2012- 2013 Installation Assistant, Griffith University Art Gallery, South Bank, QLD.
2012- 2013 Installation Assistant, On Campus Exhibition Program, Griffith Artworks, Brisbane, QLD.
2012 Intern, Griffith Artworks Short internship program, Griffith University Brisbane, QLD.
2012 Treasurer, Honours graduating exhibition committee, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.
2012 Ambassador Artist, Papergirl Brisbane, QLD.
2011-2012 Exhibition Installation Assistant, Queensland College of Art, South Bank, QLD.
2011 Videographer & Editor, The Sacred Childhoods Foundation short documentaries, Bali, Indonesia.
2011 Volunteer, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD.
2011 Committee Member, Tenterhooks Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD.
2009 Peer Mentor, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.
2009 Committee Member, The Fourth Wall Exhibition, Brisbane, QLD.
2008 Committee Member, Fine Art Focus Group, Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD.
2013 Time is. . . by Kylie Spear, A River Without Banks: Expanded Drawing catalogue essay, The Hold Artspace,
2013 Pause: Thoughts on Move by Kylie Spear, Move catalogue essay, The Hold Artspace, upcoming.
2013 Intimate acts: revealing the peripheries by Kylie Spear, you & I; thoughts on intimacy catalogue essay, The Hold Artspace, August 20.
2013 Simon Degroot; Malleable Histories by Kylie Spear, Titanium Anvil catalogue essay, The Hold Artspace, 17 May.
2013 No going back: art, mass media and mediation by Luke Kidd & Kylie Spear, 2 Big 2 Fail catalogue essay, The Hold Artspace, 15 April.
2012 thefox: Vernon Ah Kee by Kylie Spear, Griffith University Art Collection online catalogue, QLD.
2012 Shanna Muston: The Necessity of Forgetting by Kylie Spear, Promise catalogue essay, Metro Arts, QLD.
2011 The Dollhouse by Kylie Spear, The Wandering Room Catalogue Essay, QLD.
2011 On the Grid by Kylie Spear, On the Grid Catalogue Essay, QLD.
2011 Tenterhooks by Kylie Spear, Tenterhooks Catalogue Essay, QLD.
2009 Audrey Lam by Kylie Spear, Loitering with Intent Catalogue Essay, QLD.
2012 Kylie Spear by Laura Brown, The GAS: Graduate Art Show & Espresso Garage Awards, exhibition catalogue, 60-61.
2012 Spread, BFA Honours graduate catalogue, 32.
2012 In Dialogue by Tara Heffernan, catalogue essay, 2.
2011 Kylie Spear by Dr. Chris Bennie, The GAS: Graduate Art Show & Espresso Garage Awards, exhibition catalogue.
2011 To That Which Is: Graduate Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, 95.
2011 Tenterhooks, exhibition catalogue, 15.
2011 Three Winter Coats and a Dirty Knife by Sharne Wolff, exhibition review
2011 Three Winter Coats and a Dirty Knife by Lisa Bryan-Brown, exhibition review.