David Palliser - Does the painting stop when the music starts? and Natascha Stellmach - Agent Provocateur

A one-off event by Berlin-based multi-disciplinary artist Natascha Stellmach, plus an improvised music performance by well-known Melbourne painter David Palliser, comprising saxophone and electronics.

Art Exhibition previously on at Anna Pappas Gallery in Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 30 March 2012 to Friday 30 March 2012
Launch Friday 30 March 2012, 6pm

David Palliser - Does the painting stop when the music starts? and Natascha Stellmach - Agent Provocateur image David Palliser - Does the painting stop when the music starts? and Natascha Stellmach - Agent Provocateur image

Published by anonymous on Wednesday 21 March 2012.
Contact the publisher.

For the first time in Australia, artist Natascha Stellmach will host Agent Provocateur at Anna Pappas Gallery, a project inviting visitors to engage in a personal pen tattoo experience for one night only. Agent Provocateur is informed by her solo exhibition at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2010) and PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, Miami (2011) where visitors were invited to choose one of the notorious responses to Stellmach’s project, debating “art”, to be tattooed temporarily onto their skin by the artist. In this way the visitor is transformed into an agent provocateur for a night, questioning the merits, ethics and parameters of contemporary art. The tattoos become both a fashion accessory – with Stellmach tattooing to complement “the evening’s antics and outfit” – as well as a ‘rebrand’ of the author’s initial, often highly-charged sentiment to endorse Stellmach’s project and role as an artist. In Miami, people of all ages queued to have their own temporary text-based tattoo, lasting between one to three days. For the evening at Anna Pappas Gallery, Stellmach will also exhibit four new photographic prints from the series created in Miami, alongside a looping slideshow documentation.
Special thanks to Wagner + Partner Gallerie, Berlin.

David Palliser’s improvised music performance of saxophone and electronics will coincide with his current exhibition at the gallery, entitled Extended Foot. Improvisation is the practice of acting and reacting, of making and creating, in the moment and in response to the stimulus of one’s immediate environment, inner feelings, as well as the transformations occurring in the object that is being improvised with. Using a mixture of intuition and technique, the improviser gives over planning and reflection to spontaneity. David’s parallel music and art practices have evolved together over the last two decades. Starting his art practice in the 1980s, a decade of intense experimentation and interest in merging art forms in Australian art, David continues to play a part in the esoteric and improvisational band scene with other leading visual artists. He was a member of People with Chairs Up Their Noses (they played their last gig in 1982), The Donkey’s Tail and Charles Ives Singers. He has released a number of solo CD’s including Boiled Fog, Gulp of Soup and Vague Now.