Empty Your Bag Everyday takes its title from a chapter of Marie Kondo’s, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Referencing the artist’s mother, the artwork explores vulnerability and routine amidst contemporary approaches to self improvement. The work aims to capture a cross section of female performativity, matrilineal exchange and everyday life.
Significant (Others) brings together three Melbourne–based artists to explore ideas around physical and metaphysical connection. In response to this theme Ingmar Apinis, Nick Mullaly, Justin Davies have developed new works that explore how humans connect through ceremonies and rituals, intimate confessions and within the void of cyberspace.
"Shanghai Communiqué" refers to a diplomatic document between China and the US from the 1970s. The text contains a provision described as ‘constructive ambiguity’, in which the US presented two opposing ideas in a single statement. The notions of contradiction and ambiguity are central to Ciavarella’s work. An affluent couple sitting side by side laughing, a man riding a pig backwards, a man pouring beer on himself, Bart Cummings, a woman painting a nude while she herself is without dress, the Silver Bodgie, a bon vivant eating sushi off a naked body, Jana Wendt… Although these paintings exist autonomously, they are also to be read in relation to each other, creating a disjointed, non-linear narrative.
Growing up in Queensland, the pool was pretty much a backyard staple. Many days were spent pruny and chlorine soaked, bombing, floating and squealing. Whether it was in a friend's backyard, or a heavily chlorinated overcrowded public pool, a giddy sense of fun and freedom seemed to rule supreme. Even now, during a Melbourne summer, hanging on the edge of that refreshing blue wobbly rectangle eating a Frosty Fruit, I get small rushes of that same feeling. It may not be filled with quite as much squealing and laughter, but it's still there.
The world is in an increasing state of hyper-anxiety caused by powerful and seemingly intangible political and natural forces. This has caused a state of alienation where often people attempt to migrate or vanish and in some cases fabricate new identities in order to negotiate extreme personal and political circumstances and forge new lives. Anxiety is often fueled by economics and technology and this has led to large numbers of people attempting to live ‘off-the-grid.’
Falling is part of an ongoing series of video works that take what might be a few seconds from a film and expands this temporally and spatially. While cinema is evoked, stillness is used to halt the ordinary flow of narrative. The work’s deadpan style, combined with the multi-channel expansion of the scene, further inhibits narrative. Instead, the camera lingers on the body as an object in space, positioning the video somewhere between performance documentation and cinema.