One Word

| June 18, 2014
Evey Skinner and Hannah Headrick

Photographic illustrations entitled ‘Network’. || All images: Evey Skinner and Hannah Headrick

Words by Meghan Slater 

IN July 2014, HIDER Collective presents One Word, an interdisciplinary exhibition of student art. The exhibition is a celebration of Brisbane, from the perspective of the people who represent its future. It will feature photography, illustration, industrial design, sculpture, installation, fine art, film, music and fashion. The artists, each using a different media, will focus on a particular aspect of the city by choosing a word that encapsulates what it means to them, and creating an artwork based on that word. One Word will allow viewers to explore different facets of the weird and wonderful city of Brisbane, from its tacky, kitsch identity, to its remarkable fusion of seemingly disparate aesthetics, to its ability to connect the unique personalities of its inhabitants.

When Isabel Hood, Miranda Hine and I first came together to plan this exhibition, we struggled to develop a curatorial rationale. We knew that we wanted to work with student artists and a variety of media, but found it difficult nail down a concept. Initially, I attributed this to a lack of inspiration in my immediate surroundings. Ironically, this is where we ended up finding the inspiration for One Word. I think that we all fall prey to the misconception that Brisbane is a small, boring city where everyone knows everyone. This exhibition aims to challenge this view by posing the question: what is so bad about Brisbane anyway? And furthermore, what makes this city unique?

Brisbane is currently home to two million people. It is also the third largest populous city in Australia and forms a part of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan region. This is not what makes Brisbane unique. Like any city, it is the people and the seemingly insignificant places that make it special. This exhibition will draw attention to the aspects of Brisbane that are frequently overlooked and dismissed on account of their perceived insignificance. Miranda’s work Fusion, for example, while focusing on the successful and unsuccessful fusions that exist within the city, also addresses facets of Brisbane’s Indigenous history, which, over time, have either been ignored or glorified.

Each of the artists whose work will feature in this exhibition is a student, currently studying at either the Queensland College of Art or the Griffith Conservatorium. The exception is Kate Dawson, who, recently having left Brisbane, now lives and works in Melbourne. Kate’s work Blossoming incorporates elements of fashion and design to represent Brisbane’s growth and development from the perspective of an outsider looking in. Kate’s work is countered by Saskia Gilmour. Saskia’s video piece entitled Static highlights the fact that although Brisbane is undergoing immense change, there is always a constant presence of the past to be felt. 

Each artist has created a work using different media and methods. Isabel, using gold, over-sized objects and glowing rainbow lights, has created Neo-nostalgia, an installation that pays homage to the city’s tacky and nostalgic history. Evey Skinner and Hannah Headrick have combined photography and illustration to produce Network, a series of images that highlight the seemingly infinite connections between the people living in Brisbane. A similar concept can be found in Kieran Stevenson’s Faces, a song composed by Kieran that reflects upon the countless relationships that he has developed through ‘friends-of-friends’ while living in Brisbane. Finally, Isaac LeMass’ work, Enclave, consists of a series of sketches that depict a quintessential Australian emblem: the veranda.

One Word will be held on July 11, from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm in Studio 4.2, Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street. Please come along and learn a bit more about the glorious city in which you live.

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