Lauren Brincat, Matthew Griffin, Brendan van Hek
MAKE A SCENE


Carriageworks
MAKE A SCENE
, 2009
Installation view
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‘Make A Scene’ is drawn from an ancient Greek theatrical concept, which is to create dramatic action to inspire change. To ‘make a scene’ is to create a spectacle, or the basis for a narrative. It implies theatrical activity -formal and informal. ‘Making a scene’ can also suggest a social movement; when something is popularised and fashionable, there can be a ‘new scene’. And of course it might also mean creating an unnecessary disturbance or ‘drama’ out of nothing; drawing attention to oneself.

The trace of an action leaves the trace of movement and gesture, animating artworks, despite inertia or inactivity. Think of Mike Parr’s drawings, as much performed as drawn, or abstract expressionist painting, or the installations of Terence Koh; often the consequences of extended performances made for objects only. For these performances Koh’s objects become personified and muse-like. They somehow possess mystical powers; art as religious mysticism, art with aura.

The works that ‘make a scene’ have deeply active qualities: static objects perform or imply dramatic action, both overtly and subtly. Sculpture and painting inherit some of the qualities of ‘time based’ art, including moving image and sound works. Through performance (or its traces), narrative, fantasy and subversion, a scene evolves with viewers navigating journeys in, around and through objects.

Theatricality,’slap stick’ and make believe are often inherent in making a scene, producing art that is perhaps disguised as humorous or light-hearted, but paradoxically complex and affecting. Yves Klein’s Leap into the void or Bas Jan Ader’s Fall into the canal, although entertaining and indeed ‘theatrical’, strike deeply into our consciousness via visceral and emotional recognition. Works such as these are inherently political, philosophical and psychological; yet remain intensely poetic and function as aesthetic meditations.

Drawing on diverse references, the installations in ‘Make A Scene’ embody Klein and Koh, as much as abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop, minimalism, the ‘happenings’ of the 1960s and relational practices of the 1990s. At the same time inspiration is drawn from music, cinema, theatre, literature, high art and popular culture, representing a discursive strategy that has come to be a defining marker of art being produced by artists of this generation.

Tania Doropoulos, Curator

It’s a Long Way to the Top
, 2009
Documentation of an action
Single-channel digital video
16:9, colour, sound
5:43 minutes
Edition of 3, 2 APs

Lauren Brincat

Art Escaping Art
, 2008
Single channel performance video
4:3, stereo, looped
6 minutes 10 seconds
Edition of 3, 2 APs

Lauren Brincat

Live When I’m Alive, Sleep When I’m Dead (no. 2)
, 2009
Single-channel performance HD video, 4:3, stereo, looped
1:30:37 hours
Edition of 3, 2 APs

Lauren Brincat

Blaze of Glory
, 2009
Single-channel performance HD video, 4:3, stereo, looped
2 minutes
Edition of 3, 2 APs

Brendan van Hek

Daydreamer
, 2009
Installation: hand coloured mirrors, hand coloured mirror balls
Dimensions variable

Matthew Griffin

New Silence
, 2009
Wood, aerosol paint, plastic drinking bottles, wire
Dimensions variable

Matthew Griffin

Composing what I project will be seen as a smile
, 2009
Fluorescent light intervention
Dimensions variable

Matthew Griffin

Bearded Feel Up
, 2009
Collage, framed
33 x 46 cm

Matthew Griffin

Happeninganing
, 2009
Bowling balls, stickers

Matthew Griffin

Karaoke
, 2009
Collage, framed
40 x 49 cm

Matthew Griffin

Model Dressed as Doctors
, 2009
Collage, framed
41 x 31.5 cm

Matthew Griffin

Total Eclipse Costume
, 2009
Collage, framed
41 x 31.5 cm

Matthew Griffin

Wasted Eagle
, 2009
Collage, framed
40 x 49 cm

Matthew Griffin

Wasted Mask Horse
, 2009
Collage, framed
33 x 46 cm

Matthew Griffin

Wasted Candles
, 2009
Collage, framed
38.5 x 60.5 cm

Matthew Griffin

Oh No Momento
, 2008
Video, looped, silent
4 minutes 1 second

Matthew Griffin

Work for the Dole
, 2008
Video, looped, silent
2 minutes 9 seconds