Sanja Pahoki, Jemi Gale, Matthew Harris, Lou Hubbard, Michael Kennedy, Kalinda Vary, Carla Milentis
17 Nov–4 Dec 2021
The Impressionists brings together a group of artists who use humour in their practice under the guise of a fake collective called S.O.F.A. (Society Of Funny Artists). Each artist will submit a work which aims to act as an impression of another artist's work who is also in the collective. The artists in the show will aim to make a work as if they were this artist, rather than mimicking an already existing work. The result will be an exhibition of ‘impressions’, the artist’s actual work will leak into the exhibition by way of parody. The exhibited works will be as lacking in authenticity as the fake collective which frames them. Each artist will contribute a statement for the S.O.F.A. manifesto which will accompany the exhibition. The Impressionists aims to question the aesthetic of authority and legitimacy created by the formation of artist collectives while also providing insight by way of caricature into each artist's individual practice. The Impressionists aims to draw links between modernist aims of depicting ‘essence’ to comedic practices of caricature and parody.
The Impressionists brings together a group of artists who use humour in their practice under the guise of a fake collective called S.O.F.A. (Society Of Funny Artists).
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.
Sanja Pahoki is a Croatian born visual artist currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Pervasive technologies such as photography, video and neon are employed by Sanja to explore observations from everyday life. With a background in philosophy and psychology, and working primarily with photography, Sanja is a keen and sensitive observer of social interactions. Existential concerns such as irony, anxiety and angst are prevalent in her artworks. Sanja is currently the Head of Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne and is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.
Jemi Gale works with painting, poetry, and bread. Her art is about feeling trapped, maternity, and chaos.
Matthew Harris (b. 1991, Wangaratta, Victoria). In primary school he won a plastic trophy for photographs, but failed most art classes since then and has avoided art school. Matthew has presented works in galleries including Wangaratta Art Gallery, Blindside, Strange Neighbour and the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. He has featured in magazines such as Excerpt, Frankie and VICE, and various web-based platforms. Matthew lives and works in Melbourne. He likes flowers and long romantic walks by the sea at sunset.
Lou Hubbard's practice encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, photography and the moving image to interrogate the nature of training, submission and subordination. Basic materials of domestic and institutional utility—very often personal objects—are tried and tested, then shaped into formal relationships. Objects are subjected to various modes of control and duress through which they must submit to her rules, and emotional resonances are drawn out through careful selection and placement of these found and readily-at-hand materials.
Recent exhibitions, performances and publications include Walkers with Dinosaurs, Mejia Gallery 2021, Pant and doorbell thump is—want wants (with Martina Copley) BUS Projects 2020, Operative, Sarah Scout presents Melbourne 2020, Train Crossing, Zatezalo Press 2020, The Léger Melee (Mona Foma) Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Launceston 2019; Departed Acts # 4, 21st Century Art Australian Contemporary Collection NGVA Melbourne 2017; Accidental Hero, Hero Building Billboard Russell St Melbourne 2017; Table Land Sarah Scout Presents; Att: Main Reception 1 12 Waratah Pl Melbourne VIC 3000 TCB 2016; Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes National Gallery of Victoria 2015; Neverwhere Gaia Gallery Istanbul 2015; Guirguis New Art Prize, Ballarat 2015 (awarded); Dead Still Standing West Space Melbourne 2015. Lou Hubbard teaches in the School of Art, VCA and is represented by Sarah Scout Presents Melbourne.
Michael Kennedy (b. 1990, Myrtleford, Australia) currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia.
Michael Kennedy graduated at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2018 where he was the recipient of the Ursula Hoff Institute Inc Drawing and Painting Award. Since then he has undergone an artist in residence program at DÔ-SÔ AIR in Japan. His work has been shown with artists spaces in Australia and Japan. In addition to painting, he is a trained musician whose practice encompasses performance, video and sound.
Kalinda Vary’s practice explores ideas of emotionality, vulnerability and power, humour and humiliation, constraints of language and the problems with representations of identity. Her recent work concentrates on queer concerns of the body, performance within social structures and imposed cultural identities.
Carla Milentis (b. 1994, AUS) is a Melbourne based artist who completed her Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours (2019), majoring in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at the Victorian College of the Arts. Throughout her practice Milentis has been consistent in the continuous development of her work, which spans across multiple disciplines. Carla Milentis has participated within exhibitions both locally and internationally and over that time has received important commissions and celebrated awards for her work. During 2017 Milentis focussed on co-curating a number of large group exhibitions in collaboration with artist William Hawkins and SpaceSpace Gallery, whilst also exhibiting and continuing her artistic practice. Currently Carla Milentis lives in Paris, France where she is developing a site-specific body of work as part of an ongoing project.
Sarah Brasier + William HawkinsSarah Brasier (b. 1990, Ballarat, Australia) is an emerging artist and curator who in invested in working towards creating accessible spaces for emerging artists to show free of charge. In 2016 she founded the Winter1706 art fair, which presented a series of exhibitions by emerging artists across a suite of vacated apartments on St Kilda Rd in Melbourne. This was followed by two more shows in the ‘Winter’ exhibition series: WNTR Echo Location ; 170 Russell Car Park, Melbourne, Australia (2016) and WNTR x Gertrude; Became; Becoming; Becomes ; Gertrude Contemporary, Studio 12 (2017). She is interested in friendship as a creative motivator and aims to build a supportive community of people in the art world.
In her own artistic practice Brasier paints anthropomorphised versions of her fears and anxieties. Each painting might be viewed as a still frame from a life-long feminist revenge tale, punctuated by moments of despair, happiness and simple pleasures. Brasier’s work employs an exaggerated and faux naïve form of representation to convey her intensely personal views of the world. These psychodramatic scenes incorporate astute observations, absurdist thoughts and draw on personal histories. She employs bright colours and humour to offset the work’s often dark origins.