2012 Exhibition program

Image from the CrowEST family archiveThe Inexplicable Magnetism of an Alien Object:
Sarah CrowEST

10 February to 3 March

 The work of  Sarah CrowEST is concerned with materials, excess, not-knowing and the absurd. Through her practice CrowEST engages matter as vital and dynamic; recuperated materials transform, agglomerate and de-form in order to bring about that which is unforeseen.

CrowEST presents large mutating sculptures alongside small clustering sculptures, as if they are caught in a stage of arrested development. These are shown alongside a series of photographic works that track the variation and transition of the sculptural forms.

This exhibition comprises the practical component of Sarah CrowEST's PhD research.


Still from The Albury Wodonga Superfiction, 1994 Photo credit: J.J.VossDesire paths to a fictional world: Celebrating 25 years of Peter Hill’s Superfictions

8 March to 6 April

Peter Hill is a Glasgow-born Australian. For twenty-five years he has been creating Superfictions. These hybrid artworks merge installation art with literary fiction and the Internet. In 1989 he created his Museum of Contemporary Ideas, supposedly the biggest new museum in the world, bankrolled by Cameron Oil.

Peter Hill exhibited a selection of his Superfictions in the 2002 Biennale of Sydney at the MCA. He has also made projects at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, and in the Project Space at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2004, his book "Stargazing: memoirs of a young lighthouse keeper" won Scotland's main literary prize, a Saltire Award, for best First Book of the Year. He is currently working on a book called "Desire Paths to a Fictional World: Superfictions and Trompe-l'oeil."


Occular Lab Inc, West Brunswick. Photograph: Christian CapurroOcular Lab Inc.

12 April to 5 May

John Abbate, Damiano Bertoli, Sandra Bridie and Kendal McQuire, Julie Davies, Katherine Huang,

Raafat Ishak, Sean Loughrey, Jon Luker and Megan Hansen-Knarhoi, Sally Mannall, Tom Nicholson,
Louise Paramor, Kirsten Rann and Nick Devlin, Elvis Richardson, Alex Rizkalla, Bernhard Sachs

Ocular Lab 2003-2010 was established as a site for experimental and alternative models of artistic representation and activity that encouraged the development of professional practice. 'The Lab' developed through discussions, relationships and professional activities, building on the histories of 'h' project (1997-1998) and Ocular Lab's past incarnation, Ocular Laboratory (2000 -2001), as well as numerous off-site projects and collaborations. However, it was principally through experimentation, discussion, participation and a strong notion of hosting-as-practice - manifested through regular dinner events as well as a strong element of artists' residencies at the Lab premises - that Ocular Lab created certain alternatives to mainstream opportunities.

The exhibition is also an opportunity to launch Hostings: Ocular Lab Inc 2003-2010, published by Surpllus, a retrospective publication on Ocular Lab and its activities.


Matthew Griffin, 'Hungover', 2000, 82 minutes, VHS transferred to DVD, Courtesy the artist.Test Pattern

11 May to 9 June

Vivienne Binns, Guy Benfield, Matthew Griffin, Danius Kesminas and Michael Stevenson, Stephen Little, Ann Marie May, Peter Maloney, Elizabeth Pulie, Lisa Radford, Alison Weaver. Curated by Geoff Newton

Test Pattern brings together painting and video to provide an overview of the influence of found abstraction in Australian contemporary practice. Many of the works in the exhibition are made at the turn of the century; a time when Painting was in flux and in need of revision. Artists were painting directly on the walls and making videos about making paintings, riffing on notions of appropriation, originality and impermanence, with a few nods to Art History and a few thumbed noses to the critical mass.

National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria is currently working with Geoff Newton to develop a national tour of Test Pattern in 2013-14.


From poster for Stll Life exhibition at Warehouse Galleries, design Stuart Black, Gareth Sansom, 1978Still Life: Stuart Black

15 to 30 June

Stuart Black (1937-2007) was a Melbourne-based painter who gained critical notice early in his career for a refined synthesis of modernist styles. As a mature artist, Black made art as a diarist and social commentator. He also made art purely for pleasure.

In its content, Black’s work sits between the comparatively covert explorations of the 1950s and 1960s to prefigure the freedoms of contemporary practice. Stuart Black’s art emerged when the figure of the homosexual male body was not such a pervasive cultural product and when the acts and signs of transgression had a (limited but potent) political power.

Black’s refreshingly honest and direct paintings especially those made in the 1970s and early 1980s are very important, because they fill the gap in our knowledge of Australian artists who work in the subject area of sex and sexuality.

The Stuart Black Memorial Bursary to the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, allows selected young artists to acquire materials, to travel and have the support of a sponsored drawing teacher. It is a lasting legacy of this charismatic personality and much admired teacher.


veronica_kent_400px.jpg Veronica Kent: The Telepathy Project

6 to 28 July


With very special guests Sean Peoples, A Constructed World, Luca Pucci,  Ross Coulter, Meredith Turnbull , INRI Cristo and his disciples, Anastasia Klose, Elizabeth Presa, Lizzy Newman, Justin Clemens, Ms&Mr and Nicki Wynnychuk

Telepathy is a question to the other, ‘do you feel what I feel, and can you see what I see’?

This exhibition is concerned with the problems and poetics of telepathy and is grounded in an ongoing seven-year-old collaborative work by Sean Peoples and Veronica Kent called The Telepathy Project. It investigates ways of knowing and seeks to draw out a range of interrelated questions on perception, collaboration and interpretation.


2012 Wallara Travelling Fellowship

3 to 17 August

The Wallara Travelling Scholarship is open to third (final) year undergraduate students at the VCA’s School of Art.

A travelling scholarship of $10,000 will be awarded to a third year student and will allow the scholarship recipient to travel overseas at the conclusion of their undergraduate studies. This exhibition of shortlisted works is keenly anticipated, and provides a snapshot of student activity within the VCA School of Art.


1.jpgPROUD 2012

24 to 31 August

In the final week of winter the Victorian College of the Arts will celebrate a new generation of emerging artists with the annual Proud exhibition. This seminal event, now in its 16th year has become a significant platform for current students of the School o f Art to showcase their work to the wider community in a supportive and encouraging environment.  The exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for students to obtain valuable exhibition experience

As a student run event, Proud embodies both the identity and the collective nature of the VCA. It is a testimony to the strength and diversity of the work emerging from the School of Art.

With over 150 artists on show and many amazing prizes, from acquisitive awards to exhibitions in 2013, this high profile event is made possible with the generous support and sponsorship from the Melbourne community

This year we are proud to announce our judges, Daine Singer, Drew Pettifer and Danny Lacy.


Radio_Alice_web_220px.jpgRadio Alice

7 September to 6 October

Damiano Bertoli, Sue Dodd, Marco Fusinato, Tom Nicholson and Riccardo Vaglini

Radio Alice focuses on the legacy of the Italian extra-parliamentary mass movements that surfaced over the course of Italy’s ‘Creeping May,’ a decade-long wave of intense popular unrest, repression and social upheaval during the 1970s.

Working across diverse media, the artists will occupy the gallery in a manner that extends beyond the more clamorous, visible aspects of the movements and will draw on the short-lived ‘free radio’ station (radio libere) Radio Alice. Informed by this experimental avant-garde radio station, the exhibtion proposes a model for interaction, projection, and debate.

Situated at the emergence of post-political politics, Radio Alice is as much a site for engaging in cultural and social analysis, as it is a means for reconstructing the broader context of art’s production and use.




The Solo Projects: Laresa Kosloff and Stephen Garrett

12 October to 10 November

Chita_monument_2012.jpgLaresa Kosloff: The Russian Project

The Russian Project brings together new photographic, sculptural and video works by Laresa Kosloff that are inspired by her recent travels across Russia and Siberia as part of the Jane Scally Artist Award. The artist has videoed a soviet monument in Chita, the remote Siberian town which her ancestors fled and that her great grandfather once presided over as mayor. Other works in this exhibition incorporate items of clothing and footwear to explore Laresa’s long-standing interest in individual agency and human presence. The Russian Project addresses various conditions of looking in relation to the aestheticization of politics, and the politics of the everyday.

Credit: with special thanks to ACCA and Peter Jopling QC, patron of the Jane Scally Artist Award. 




Garrett_Invite_Image.jpgStephen Garrett: Structure (The Poverty Gully Project)

I set out to solve a problem--a structural problem. I set out to find a site in order to solve this problem. I walked the land. I followed random directions into unknown territories. I listened to stories from locals. I read maps and historic accounts. I measured places in the bush; topographic studies and drawings until I found my site. I built a structure which provided a solution. It wasn't what I expected. And the result isn't what I thought it would be.

Structure (The Poverty Gully Project) is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria


2012 School of Art Graduate Exhibition

19 to 25 November
Opening celebration Monday 19 November, 6pm - 8pm


2012 School of Art Masters Exhibition

3 to 9 December
Opening celebration Monday 3 December, 6pm - 8pm