Steven Rhall – Defunctionalised Autonomous Objects
Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Thursday, 25 October 2018
Friday, 26 October 2018
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Friday, 07 December 2018
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Substation, 1 Market Street, Newport
Art is just a frame of mind. Steven Rhall takes the frame out of the picture.
The ‘Defunctionalised Autonomous Objects' exhibition interrogates the idea of Aboriginal art as classification–the meaning we assign to objects within this context. Steven Rhall is a Taungurung visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice responds to the cultural landscape of our contemporary world. In 2014, Steven exhibited his Kulin Project at the Centre for Contemporary Photography which was included in National Gallery of Victoria’s landmark exhibition Melbourne Now. Steven's work has been featured in ACCA's Sovereignty (2017), Octoroon exhibition (2016) in the Philippines, Gesture (70º East) New Day Rising at Melbourne Festival (2016), to name a few.
The first art museums were spaces of conquest—when they weren’t showcasing items pillaged from non-European cultures, it was the very bodies of those people put on display. Steven Rhall dismantles the gallery as imperial machine in a series of installations that interrogate the very idea of Aboriginal art as a classification.
Located at the flashpoints of the European art canon and First Nations art practice, Rhall’s playful and thought-provoking work roams across forms—performance, video, text and photography. Defunctionalised Autonomous Objects is Rhall’s first major solo exhibition, confirming a place at the leading edge of a new generation of Australian artists.