During February of 2013 Gertrude Contemporary’s Front Gallery will be transformed into an activated, evolving performance space. In Gertrude Contemporary’s window-like front room collaborating artists Bridie Lunney and Torie Nimmervoll will investigate the ways that architectural spaces and forms can mimic psychological states of being.

Art Exhibition previously on at Gertrude Contemporary in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 09 February 2013 to Saturday 09 March 2013


Published by anonymous on Tuesday 05 February 2013.
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Propositions is a site responsive sculptural collaboration that will accumulate gradually over the exhibition’s duration. The sculptural objects, which draw on display props and everyday urban architecture, will be arranged in relation to six durational performances enacted by Torie Nimervoll over the course of the exhibition.

During the up to 7-hour performances Nimmervoll will be variously suspended above head height, cast up against the window and balanced on props. She will also sleep in the gallery, slump over objects and be suspended in a harness as though caught mid fall. Nimmervoll’s actions are both small rebellions against the prescribed choreography of our urban environment, as well as being physical metaphors or mimicry of internal psychological spaces.

As Bridie Lunney states, “In Propositions, it is not the gestures of resistance, but the gestures of stillness that are the starting point for my sculptural forms.” The forms left empty between performances have the body implicitly embedded in them, creating a palpable presence of an absence and drawing the viewer’s attention to their own body in relation to space and time.

Bridie Lunney’s recent exhibitions include Space, Pieces of WestSpace/Pieces of Eight, 2012; Place of Assembly, as part of the Melbourne Festival, 2012; The ceiling has lost its solidity, Manysquaremetres, 2012; A Condition of Change, Sarah Scout, 2011; Suspension Test, Conical, 2011; Non-Negotiable, Project Space, 2010 and Once more with Feeling, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, 2009.

Torie Nimmervoll’s practice revolves around the body’s relationship to space and the objects within it, often using her own body for exploration. In this instance Nimmervoll considers herself as a prop, rather than a body in performance. Recent works include The ceiling has lost its solidity, Manysquaremetres, 2012; a collaborative project with artist Jason Maling, Prismatic Audit, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne Central and City Village, 2010-2012 and Nimmervoll’s solo series Objecthood, Seventh Gallery, Kings ARI and West Space, 2009-2010.

As part of this exhibition, performances will take place on the following dates:

Friday 8 February, 6 – 8pm (during the exhibition opening) Saturday 9 February, 11am – 4:30pm
Saturday 16 February, 11am – 4:30pm Saturday 23 February, 11am – 4:30pm Saturday 2 March, 11am – 4:30pm Friday 8 March (overnight performance)