Stuart Ringholt

Much of what Ringholt does might seem childish or foolish, and irrelevant to contemporary art, but his apparent naiveté in fact forces a re-evaluation of what we consider appropriate.

Art Exhibition previously on at IMA - Institute of Modern Art in Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 09 August 2014 to Saturday 20 September 2014

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Published by Institute of Modern Art on Monday 24 February 2014.
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He opens a vertiginous void between exhibitionism and modesty that forces us to become aware of our place at the intersection of isolation and social interaction—and to reconsider our sense of self in the world.—Carolyn Christov Bakargiev

Melbourne artist Stuart Ringholt is fearless. In 2006, he published an autobiographical book, Hashish Psychosis: What It’s Like to Be Mentally Ill and Recover. His early performances placed him in embarrassing situations. He has produced deranged sculptures and collages and led audiences in naked gallery tours and anger workshops. Ringholt addresses personal themes such as our fear of embarrassment and the pressure to conform to social norms. This exhibition is a survey of his work. The centrepiece is a new work, generously supported by a Catalyst Katherine Hannay Visual Arts Commission. It’s a giant, temporally askew clock. A disorientating, uncanny sense of time that will pervade the exhibition. It prompts a reconsideration of how time may be measured and spent. In its implied alternative time zone, we also present Ringholt’s Club Purple—an naked daytime disco, situated within the gallery, operating for the coure of the exhibition. Featuring an extensive playlist, Club Purple will offer a unique experience for those who wish to participate in a dramatic reinvention of the museum as an embodied space. There will be solo dance days, mixed days, and ‘ladies days’. Stuart Ringholt is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane. A joint project with Monash University Museum of Art and City Gallery Wellington, curated by Charlotte Day and Robert Leonard.