The New Fresh Cut


Five emerging Queensland artists exhibit newly commissioned works.

Art Exhibition previously on at IMA - Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 18 October 2008 to Saturday 29 November 2008

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Published by Institute of Modern Art on Wednesday 11 March 2009.
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For the last 11 years the IMA has mounted Fresh Cut, an annual best-of-graduates show featuring work from Queensland art schools. It’s the IMA’s pick of the new and emerging, of artists-to-watch. Fresh Cut has long been a rite of passage for local artists, and the show is eagerly awaited and debated. This year we changed our approach – dramatically. Henceforth the show will feature just four emerging Queensland-based or Queensland-born artists, either at art school (graduating and post-graduate students) or up to six years out of art school, who have not shown at the IMA before. Each will be given $5000 towards the development of new work for the show, generously provided by our new business partner, Brisbane Airport Corporation, who is known for its support of emerging talent across the arts. IMA director Robert Leonard, Queensland Art Gallery curator Russell Storer and artist Jemima Wyman selected this year’s artists from over 70 submissions. They are Eric Bridgeman, Laith McGregor, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano, and Ross Manning.

Just graduated from Queensland College of Art, Eric Bridgeman’s photos and videos explore themes of race, gender and sexuality. His The Sport and Fair Play of Aussie Rules (2008), a series of videos, presents campy carnivalesque group performances playing on stereotypes, offering inversions and exaggerations of blue-collar blokedom among other things.

Identical twins Gabriella and Silvana Mangano both completed BFAs in Drawing at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. They work together on drawing-performance projects where their actions mirror one another’s. Their works play on ideas about telepathic twindom, the suggestion that they could intuitively operate in concert. Their 2006 video If… So… Then has been described as ‘somewhere between choreography and embrace’. The sisters recently returned from Spain, where they shot material for a new series of video works. That project was funded by Ian Potter Cultural Trust and also Can Serrat International Arts Centre.

Self-trained artist Ross Manning makes music with his quirky custom-built electronic/kinetic devices. Sometimes he lets his machines run on their own, sometimes he performs alongside them. His work bridges music, instrument building, moving image, kinetic sculpture and robotics.

After completing a Bachelor of Screen Production at QCA, Laith McGregor went on to do a BFA (Honours) at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. His paintings, drawings and videos court a sense of the uncanny and the surreal. A recent work, a large biro drawing called Hex (2008), features a hexagonal arrangement of male portraits, each featuring dandified facial hair, all joined at the beard. McGregor has just won the Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, currently on show at Bendigo Regional Art Gallery. He is represented by Sullivan+Strumpf in Sydney and Helen Gory Gallery in Melbourne.