SAT 22 MAY UNTIL SAT 14 JUNE 2008
Kate's exhibition concept formed through her numerous attempts to paint her family's farm. While continuing to ponder over the farm and the state of agriculture in Australia Kate grew to form an apocalyptic view of its future. Considering the ideals of 'agro-ecology', sustainable alternative farming systems, and 'human ecology', how humans interact with nature and their environment, she began to examine the futility in her role as an artist.
In a personal sense, Kate reflects upon her own failings, (the compost system set up in her share house, her WOOFING holiday in Spain, her performance at University...) whilst considering the failings of her society. 'You'd better learn how to farm', a quote from Dan Attoe's 2006 piece Crash, inspired Kate to consider post colonial and postmodernist solutions around agriculture and reflect upon the threat of the future in her work. Will the projected solutions to the problems of our future present a similar result to those of our past?
Reflecting upon a rural upbringing and the impact of colonialism on Australia Kate's works return to the primordial in their considered naivety, referencing Amelia Douglas' recent un Magazine article Psychotropicalism: A Manifesto in Search of a Manifestation: 'we all want to be tribal after all'.
Mapping her sense of discomfort in a light-hearted manner, Whoops Kibbutz aims to pitch, in mess and text, a hindsight for the future. The exhibition presents a new body of work from Kate Smith encompassing installation, sculptural and two-dimensional form.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a sound installation from Sarah Holbery and Julian Tuckett through Objects in Space as part of the Next Wave Festival. Objects in Space is a series of surprising encounters dispersed across the city. Comprised of cheeky interventions, the project occupies the functional zones of Melbourne's galleries. Video art in bookshelves, installation under the stairs or hidden drawings make up a scattered swarm of quiet moments. Involving the works of over twenty young artists in as many locations, creating a festival in miniature, it is a group exhibition that does not rely on the geography of a single room. The small and unassuming works of Objects in Space offer unexpected connections between art, audience, space and anticipation.
Currently offsite is an installation curated by Utopian Slumps, presenting the works of artist Mark Rodda in an innovative configuration designed by Buro North. As part of Membrane, a key note exhibition in the Next Wave Festival, the installation will be on display in the Federation Square atrium from 15 to 30 May.