SAWTOOTH x Blindside
Gianna Mazzeo, The Huxleys, Amy Dellar
1 Aug–9 Sep 2018
The video works that make up this compilation were chosen on the basis of their uneasy, outlandish, and dreamlike characteristics. Dellar’s Miss Cancer and Mazzeo’s Miss Pisces appear to encapsulate notions of the surreal, paying homage to the likes of David Lynch and Brian De Palma. The Huxley’s Dark Side of the Rainbow exposes and bombards the viewer with a succession of unpredictable, nonsensical imagery. The overall composition of the three works reflect the structure of the subconscious as ‘something’ we view without our control and cannot fully comprehend.
All videos in this project were displayed in the Portal Space at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston, Tasmania in the last 12 months.
PLAY (2014-2019) was a continuously programmed online gallery that presented single channel video art by national and international artists to audiences throughout Australia and the world.
This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.
Gianna Mazzeo is a video artist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. Mazzeo creates surreal cinematic pieces, working across writing, directing and cinematography. Commencing her career at a video content agency, her practice now references and evaluates the problematic advertising industry. Mazzeo’s discipline strays from commercial practices by disrupting genre conventions, tending toward dark and comedic themes.
The Huxleys are Will and Garrett Huxley who’s shared background in costume design, photography, video and performance has informed their practice, a living, ever evolving collage of still images, moving image, and dazzling performances.
The Huxleys have exhibited artwork in installations, fashion shows, performances and photographic exhibitions and festivals across the world including Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Berlin and Australia. Their work reflects their iridescent hyper real world, full of arresting shapes, lurid colour, extreme theatrics and an ethos of glamorous androgynous abandon.
Amy Dellar (Indoor Fountains) is a cinematographer and filmmaker from Melbourne, Australia.
Ciara O'Meara is a creative currently based in Tasmania. Ciara graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Fine Art from D.I.T, Ireland. Her career truly began in 2017 when she made the move to Launceston, Tasmania. Over the past three years Ciara has been fuelling her creative drive by engaging and working with a number of Arts Organisations in Launceston, notably Design Tasmania, Sawtooth ARI, Gallery Pejean, QVMAG and the Academy Galley. Her roles include Gallery Technician and Curator. Aside from the ‘behind the scenes’ work, Ciara maintains an interest in creating her own bodies of work, and developing the study of ethereal mark making and creation of ephemeral installations. A continuing work in progress.
The pinnacle point of Ciara’s career was an Internship with Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Tasmania (2018) (Curation, Gallery Management and Administration) concluding in a curated video installation, exhibited at Blindside (Melbourne). Leading from this Ciara managed her first curatorial show at Sawtooth ARI in June of 2019 “Because Everyone Sleeps”. Ciara continues to volunteer and work with Arts Organisations in Tasmania, as she sees there is an abundance of creativity throughout the Island.