The space between us: Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts
16th May – 28th July 2013
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Performance art has seen a resurgence in recent years, stemming from a desire to question art’s ability to affect audiences and test established exhibition and viewing habits.
The space between us is an exploration of the relation between video and performance art through the work of seven talented emerging artists, connected by their interest in the artist as performer or as creator/director of performances, and the viewer’s role as an active participant.
The fifth in the series of biennial Anne Landa Award exhibitions, The space between us is guest-curated by Charlotte Day, director, Monash University Museum of Art, and features work from Lauren Brincat, Alicia Frankovich, Laresa Kosloff, Angelica Mesiti, Kate Mitchell, James Newitt and Christian Thompson.
Lauren Brincat presented Mexican Standoff (2012), a two-channel video and sculpture installation. The video work shows a performance Brincat undertook in Mexico City, where a group of female horse riders (and including the artist herself) ‘standoff’ with a statue of a heroic man on horseback at the Museo Nacional de Arte. The work forms a response to the lack of statues of heroic women on horseback compared to the many, many public statues of men portrayed in a heroic manner.
Alongside the video installation, Brincat presented the performance Pythagoras, Praxiteles, Anthemius, Michael Angelo, Donatello, Ghiberti, Pheidias, Cellini, Canova, Jean Goujon,Giotto, Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, Murillo, Rubens, Andrea del Sarto, Botticelli, Bellini, Cimabue, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Tintoretto, Velasquez, Vandyck and Gainsborough (2013). The performance responded specifically to the famous names that adorn the façade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
In an interview with the AGNSW Brincat states: “The architecture of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, with its equestrian horse statues, large columns, sandstone walls and marble floors, inspires. I can’t help but analyse the horses standing guard when I walk past or visit the Gallery. The offerings of peace and The offerings of war (both 1923) have had an impact on a number of my recent works. Equestrian horse statues around the world celebrate the male hero, almost never the female. The text on the Gallery’s façade celebrates accomplished painters, sculptors, architects and thinkers, the list of names compiled over 100 years ago. I’ve started a new list, which I hope one day might be seen on a new building, which may inspire the next generation of young visitors, balancing what is currently so male dominated.”
Finally, Brincat presented a second performance, Blood and Fire (2013). For this work, Brincat collaborated with composer Bree van Reyk to create a special performance with 50 tambourinists in the entrance court of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.