curated by vaughan o’connor
13.03.2013 - 30.03.2013
Mark Brown, Nicole Foreshew, Marius Jastkowiak, Lisa Sammut, Marikit Santiago
Future War explores artistic responses to the military histories embedded within contemporary urban spaces and cultures.
Far from fetishising war-machines, Future War adopts a resolutely dystopian perspective. Challenging the military rhetoric of technological advancement, this exhibition takes Ray Bradbury’s maxim as its guiding principle; I do not want to predict the future, I want to prevent it.
Reflecting on science-fiction, Australian colonial history and the architectural legacy of war, Future War showcases painting, installation and photo-media works by newly emerging and alongside more established practitioners.
The project has been supported by the Firstdraft Emerging Curators Program
Lisa Sammut is an emerging installation artist based in Sydney. Working across projection, watercolour and plywood sculpture, her current work focuses on planetary and tectonic forces after experiencing an earthquake in Santiago, Chile.
She has exhibited both locally and international, with group and solo projects in the following galleries; Kudos Gallery, Sydney; Kaleidoskop Gallery, Berlin; Schillerpalis Gallery, Berlin; SLAMstudios Gallery, Sydney.
Mark Brown is a Sydney based installation and sound artist. His practice responds to military and industrial histories through rigorous site-specificity. Brown has exhibited and performed in numerous galleries both locally and internationally, including Imperial Slacks, Sydney; Artspace, Sydney; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne and Conical Gallery, Melbourne.
Marikit Santiago is an emerging Western Sydney based painter and installation artist. Her work negotiates notions of bi-culturality, particularly drawing upon autobiographical experiences of rejection and collective memory. Her work has been presented locally at Blacktown Arts Centre and as part of the Halfway-House exhibition, COFASpace. Her work is in several private and public collections.
Nicole Foreshew is a photomedia artist exploring links to place, cultural memory and ancestry. Working across textiles, installation and alternative photographic practices, Foreshew was the recipient of the 2012 Darling Foundry international residency in Montreal and the 2012 COFA Professional Development Award from the Parliament of NSW Aboriginal Art Prize. Foreshew has major international and local exhibitions and projects forthcoming in 2013.
Marius Jastkowiak is a Western Sydney based painter. His work explores the representation of light and its effects, playing against the physical qualities of paint.
His work has been exhibited extensively locally, with exhibitions at Firstdraft Gallery, Blacktown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse and MOP Gallery. His work is in numerous public and private collections.