WELCOME For the exhibition section of issue 4, twelve artists were instructed to photograph their bedroom. The artists were provided with the cover image showing “My Bedroom” (2012) acting as a visual cue and were left to respond. The conceptual basis for this exhibition centered on questions of privilege and space. Asking the artists to offer up their private spaces for scrutiny provided an opportunity to consider how we see ourselves. Or more importantly how we see ourselves in relation to how others may perceive us. The responses varied from playful, aloof, considered and sterile. Devon Ackermann, Issue 4 Guest Co-Editor
Devon Ackermann My Bedroom | 2012 |
I asked Devon Ackermann to work with me on Issue 4, knowing he would grab hold of the ideas and shake them up. Devon quickly decided a photo of his chaotic bedroom should kick off the Issue. We had been talking about photography’s capacity to reveal or conceal what is actually going on. Photographing his bedroom and sending the image to others asking them to do the same, Devon was eloquently framing this issue. Devon has set up is question found in all art making, ‘what are you willing to show us?’ The results are amazing and anything but straightforward.
The sub-zero temperature Fiona Williams experienced whilst photographing visually inhabits her polaroids. Whilst in Jennifer Chan’s video High Tack, the awkwardly mediated over-share of makers of YouTube homage mash-ups is brought to the fore. I found myself swaying to the soundtrack. That’s the thing about works that have been inhabited in unexpected ways, where space and privilege has been opened up and contemplated, they are incredibly exciting works to negotiate as a viewer.
I am writing this in bed right now, although I normally wouldn’t own up to it. That’s one of the things about the art scene, this editing out. So many of us polish and shape our stories; we want to be interesting and we want to be in control of how interesting we are. This negotiation of the narrative impediment of ordinariness is a constant within creative production, we inevitably invest ourselves in the work we make. The works in this issue take charge, challenge and twist this investment.
EDITOR Amy Marjoram [email protected]
Many of these images are strangely inhabited. There is the double handling in Christopher Meerdo’s images, they rise like a phoenix from the ashes when Meerdo takes the second-hand cards and submits them to haphazard image retrieval software. In another conflation Chris Mottalini has built cardboard architectural models, shipped across the world to him, in his apartment. The photographic results equally privilege their grandiose geometry and well, cardboard-ness.
I hope you enjoy Issue 4 as much as I have.
Guest Creative Director Caitlin Smooker [email protected]
EVENTS & MEDIA Sheridan Mills [email protected]
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MAGAZINE CONTENTS NOAH KALINA_CRIK CROK 4 CLINTON HAYDEN_HUNTING SERIES 2012 5 TATYANA PALYGA_COLORLESS DAYS 8 CHRISTOPHER MEERDO_anthology HUNTING SERIES_CLINTON HAYDEN
CHRIS MOTTALINI_GRaY/GREY 19
anthology _ CHRISTOPHER MEERDO
Mashed Art Writing 23 FIONA WILLIAMS_SUBZERO POLAROIDS 25 YAVUZ ERKAN_ UNORTHODOX APHORISMS 26 NOAH KALINA_THE SUPER MEGA CONE 31 EBAY ERASURES
JENNIFER CHAN_HIGH TACK 37 MARION PIPER_MISUNDERSTANDING FOCUS
KEVIN CHIN_FARKIN BOOTIFUL 42 PLEASING DECEPTIONS_JAMIE HOUSE
CATHERINE CLOVER_TELL ME SOMETHING 50 JAMIE HOUSE_PLEASING DECEPTIONS