Lane Cormick and Tony Garifalakis OK Moses!Opening: Tuesday 16 August, 6-8pm Dates: 16 August-3 September 2011
OK Moses! is the second collaborative exhibition by Lane Cormick and Tony Garifalakis.
Utilising performance, sculpture, two – dimensional works and an intuitive approach to the idea of collaboration, the exhibition is part of an ongoing attempt by the artists to capture and highlight the points at which their respective practices intersect.
Lane Cormick is an artist that has pursued an ‘open ended’ process and performance-based practice since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1998. Having previously undertaken a Gertrude Contemporary studio residency and Australia Council studio residency in Los Angeles, Cormick has exhibited across Australia and internationally since 2000. At the heart of Cormick’s practice is an investigation of risk and technique. Realising early in his career that he had no “skills” as an artist, Cormick created for himself impossible tasks – practices and processes that he could in no way complete, or competently undertake. The rationale behind this decision is at once both strategic and naive; Cormick is a jack-of-all-trades, yet master of none.
Tony Garifalakis lives and works in Melbourne. He completed a Masters in Fine Art (Painting) at RMIT University, Melbourne in 1999. Recent individual exhibitions include ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane; ‘The Misery of Philosophy’, Curro Y Poncho, Guadalajara, Mexico; ‘The Philosophy of Misery’, Yautepec, Mexico City, Mexico; ‘Bad Scene’, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne and ‘Infinity Land’, Hell Gallery, Melbourne. His work has been presented in a number of curatorial projects and group exhibitions, including ‘The Devil Had a Daughter’, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne; Monanism, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; ‘Bela Lugosi’s dead’, DEATH BE KIND, Melbourne; ‘Cock and Bull’, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne; ‘Bad Moon Rising 3’, Boots Contemporary, St Louis, USA; ‘Neo Goth: Back in Black’, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; and ‘Relentless Optimism’, Carlton Hotel and Studios, Melbourne. In 2008 Garifalakis undertook an Australia Council studio residency at ISCP, New York, USA. Garifalakis’ work is held in numerous public collections in Australia, including the Monash University Collection, Melbourne; Artbank, Sydney; Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart; and National Gallery of Victoria.