2007
DAMP
Black & Silver
Tim Fleming
Jess Johnson & Jordan Marani
Conor O'Brien
Dell Stewart & Adam Cruickshank
Amber Wallis & Lizzie Hall
Dylan Martorell
Jake Walker & Mark Rodda
Nathan Gray
TSHDT? 004
Alter Egotism
Do You Remember What It Was?

2008
Elvis Richardson
Belle Bassin & Alasdair McLuckie
Al-Ah-Manful
Brendan Huntley
Kate Smith
Marcus Keating
Flux Capacitor
Tristan Jalleh & Saskia Pandji Sakti
Susan Jacobs
Habitat
The Changes
Grow Wild

2009
Dan Moynihan
Thomas Jeppe
Amber Wallis
Christopher Day
Akira Akira
Leah Fraser
Ry Haskings
Victory Over the Sun
Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Ash Keating
Brendan Huntley
William MacKinnon
The Edge of the Line
Helen Johnson
Charlie Sofo

CHARLIE SOFO
FACTS

Presented in association with Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

OPENING FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER 6 - 9PM
EXHIBITION SAT 5 UNTIL SAT 19 DECEMBER

'Facts' will present eight new works from Charlie Sofo, comprising seven objects and one video piece. Some of the works are structures designed to hold materials that the artist has gathered and formed into collections over the past year. 'Bookmarks', for example, incorporates a collection of small pieces of paper and card that were found in library books. The bookmarks have been delicately arranged over an outdoor camping table and gently covered with a sheet of perspex, recessed into the table. 'Flicker', the video piece, consists of a collection of images of flickering fluorescent light bulbs recorded around Melbourne, and it is accompanied by a percussion soundtrack. Adjacent to the video are cast fluorescent tubes; copies of fluorescent lights made from white paraffin wax with wicks inserted as though candles.

Sofo has traditionally presented his work in an objective, matter-of-fact way, hence the exhibition's title, and avoids distinctions between constructed and found objects. Maintaining an interest in alternative media, especially marginal or overlooked materials, Sofo presents his works in an unambiguous way. Facts forms a collection of recent facts that relate to everyday tasks of collecting, making art, and life in general.

According to Glenn Barkley, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney:

"Hair, books, particles, lint, photocopies, lotto cards, erasers, saliva, thread, seeds, clothes, actions, grease and grime, rice, 100s and 1000s, dog eared pages, sand paper.

...[Sofo's work finds] meaning in the slight, the marginal. The search and collection: the discipline of making marks. Obsessions, patterning, over and over."

Charlie Sofo completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) at the ANU School of Art, ACT, in 2005. Solo exhibitions include 'Particular Particles', Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, 2008; 'Something like a human', Studio 17, ANCA, Canberra, 2007; 'Containers', Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Manuka; and 'Snot', The Hive Gallery, Canberra, 2006. Recent group exhibitions include 'I'm worst at what I do best', curated by Tom Polo, Parramatta Artists Studios, Sydney, 2009; 'Soft Glue - Charlie Sofo and Mary Macdougal', curated by Joel Mu, Black & Blue Gallery, Redfern, Sydney, 2009; 'New World Records', curated by Helen Johnson and Nick Mangan, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2009; and 'The Ergas Collection', curated by Glenn Barkley, Gallery9, Sydney, 2008. His work is held in the GOMA, MCA and Artbank collections.

Installation photography: Louis Porter




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