"Pictures & Words"
Viktorija Rybakova, Nicholas Mangan, Andrew Read
Curated by: Paulius Andriuškevičius, Nicholas Kleindienst
Opening: Wednesday 10 April 6 - 8 pm
Dates: 10 April – 4 May 2019
In this exhibition, pictures and words are laid bare through their identification as uncertain carriers of meaning, as conjectural supports for anecdotal histories told through common tropes. Through systems of association, appropriation, and re-mediation, the syntax of the artist’s individual languages invites the viewer into a dialogue with the works, where memories of real and dreamt events, sensual experiences, or fleeting ideas, can be translated into the context of the one’s own reality. In this way, the project looks at individual methods of addressing shared concerns within the political and cultural projects of each artist’s work, where overlaps in experience are arranged in support of distinct practices. Locating approaches where the given can be taken to form the individual, the exhibition traces meaning amongst things and beings, through a reliance on common visual, oral, and written references. Arranged as a collage of personal views the first chapter of Pictures & Words presents unique contemporary art practices and aims to capture them in a dissolving snapshot.
About the project:
Pictures & Words is a year-long project spanning multiple locations in Australia and Lithuania taking place in 2019. The project is a collaboration between emerging curators Paulius Andriuškevičius and Nicholas Kleindienst. Commissioned by Rupert centre for art and education and Bus Projects in Vilnius and Melbourne, the two curators are inviting unique sets of understanding and experience from different ends of the world into a literary and visual dialogue. Pictures & Words is a time- and site-specific conversation that focuses on the syntax of contemporary expression across and between geopolitical spheres.
Andrew Read (b. 1986) is a Melbourne-based artist and curator that graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) in 2015. Encompassing a wide range of material outcomes, including painting, sculpture, video, photography, and installation, Read uses his practice to ask questions about the nature of images, their power, and the economies within which they function. Selected exhibitions include, ‘I like Anything’ at Tans Martial Arts, Melbourne 2018; ‘A Hush Fell’, Vacant TV Studio, Melbourne 2018; ‘A Billion Bucks’ at The Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne 2016; ‘Material Image Solutions’ at Fort Delta, Melbourne 2015; ‘Habitat’ at CalArts Student Gallery, Los Angeles 2015 and ‘Reciprocal Failure’ at Goodtime Studios, Melbourne 2014. In 2015 Read was shortlisted for the Majlis Travelling Scholarship. Read is also the co-director of the artist run space, DAVID, in Melbourne.
Viktorija Rybakova (b. 1989) is an artist and architect. Her artistic practice began as a choreographed paper architecture that opened up the world of senses and sciences. She is working on a research project called Geography of Senses, and observes emotional and sensual complexity of living bodies. In parallel to running studio Laumes, a design & research atelier, with Goda Budvytytė, she writes, makes sculptures and furniture. Her works were exhibited in Tallinna Kunstihoone, 19th and 20th Videobrasil, CAC Vilnius, Kunstverein Munich, Jan Van Eyck Academie, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Witte de With, The Baltic Pavilion at the 15th Architecture Biennial in Venice, 12th Baltic Triennial, KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
Nicholas Mangan (b. 1979) is an artist living and working in Melbourne. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Termite Economies’ at Sutton gallery, Melbourne, Australia 2018; ‘Limits to Growth’ at Kunst Werke, Berlin, Germany 2017, IMA Brisbane and MUMA Melbourne 2016, ‘Other Currents’ at Artspace, Sydney 2015. ‘Ancient Lights’ at Chisenhale Gallery, London 2015. Recent Group exhibitions include, ‘Post-Nature—A Museum as an Ecosystem’ at Taipei Biennial, Taiwain 2018; ‘74 million million million tons’ at Sculpture Centre, Long Island City, New York, USA 2018; ‘Manipulate the World’ at Mordern Museet Stockholm, Sweden 2017; ‘4.543 billion The Matter of Matter’ at CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France. 11th Gwangju Biennale The Eighth Climate - SeMA Mediacity Biennale, Neriri Kiruru Harara, Seoul 2016; Let's Talk About the Weather: Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis’ at Sursock, Beirut 2016.