Soft Cell by Firstdraft
Soft Cell is an exhibition about navigating nebulous and unclear borders, undefined barriers and ambiguous social constructs. These walls are not always physical or visible and are built on silent, ever changing hierarchies and exclusions. Encountering opaque, veiled edges reveals the precarity of our circumstances. In contrast to formal, rigid, clearly outlined standards, the cryptic and shifting expectations of soft cells are spaces of eroded mobility, ambivalence and diluted security.
This exhibition brings together works by five artists from the 2023 Firstdraft program that negotiate how these faint boundaries and vague conventions constrict, restrict, limit access or reveal limitations.
Proximity by Gertrude
Proximity presents new and recent works by unrepresented artists within Gertrude’s 2-year Studio Program. The presentation pays tribute to the interior architecture of the studio complex to connect the production environment to the environment of the Melbourne Art Fair. The project’s title makes reference to the close-knit quarters of the studio environment as a site supporting 16 diverse artistic practices at any given time, artists working individually yet within a shared environment. Through this, Proximity functions as a form of transposition, reframing a site of research and production as a mechanism for collective presentation. The Project Room brings to attention Gertrude’s 39 year history of supporting studio practice while presenting a selection of current artists within Gertrude’s Studio Program not yet represented by commercial galleries.
February 21, 2024