Shed 29 South Sydney Corporate Park, Burke Road Alexandria
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CO-ISOLATED was an exhibition of new work by the artists Richard Goodwin, Michael Snape and David Burns. The venue was a 3000m2 industrial shed in an industrially zoned part of southern Sydney. Typically, exhibition curation involves the collecting of work for display driven via the logic of a meta narrative and ideology. CO-ISOLATED moved away from this collectivising drive, using instead the aesthetic affect of the work itself as the common thread. Driven by a curator, with an architectural background, shared with two of the three artists, the impetus was to foreground the relationship between space and materiality in the exhibition of work. The exploration of spatial affects via the installation and performance of the art was critical to the project. Co-isolated takes its name from the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk's reference to a kind of alienation. The question that the exhibition asks is: on what grounds can three very disparate works of art be held together? Co-isolated successfully achieved a curatorial logic based on scale, light and movement via the relationship between an audience, the monumental space of the industrial shed in which it was housed, and through the material and performative presence of the work itself. An accompanying catalogue was produced, containing a critical essay by architectural theorist Adrian Lahoud. The exhibition was also supported by a symposium (Saturday 17 April 2010) including theorists Adam Geczy, Adam Jasper, Adrian Lahoud, the artists and me as curator. The exhibition is also touring to NSW regional galleries in Orange and Maitland (2011/2012).
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