CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART PROGRAM
METRICON STADIUM, GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA, 2011
"ART AND SPORT HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD, THE POWER TO INSPIRE, THE POWER TO UNITE PEOPLE IN A WAY LITTLE ELSE CAN."
Nelson R. Mandela
Resonating with our human experiences and principles, sport drives our perceptions in ways that also apply to contemporary art practice.
Ten video art pieces were selected and commissioned from and array of energing and established Australian artists for the inaugural Kick Off program. This unique collection of curated works include artists that are recognised at a national and international level for there contribution to culture including Vernon Ah Kee, Julie Rapp, Grant Stevens, Christopher Howlett, Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Alex Chomicz Laresa Kosloff, Paul Mumme, Gabriella and Silvana Mangano and Laith McGregor. These talented artists work across disciplines within their practice in film, performance, choreography, photography, drawing, sound, animation, new media and installation. Artists Gabriella and Silvana Mangano and Pilar Mata Dupont were specifically selected for their collaborative practice.
The video artworks selected are diverse in tempo from Vernon Ah Kee's powerful reclaiming of Surfers Paradise Beach; an upbeat hand-drawn dance animation by Laresa Kosloff to subtle real time interpretations of the movement of the game and the spectacle by Hulie Rapp and Gabriella and Silvana Mangano. Tarryn Gill and Pilar Mata Dupont, Alex Chomicz and Paul Mumme have all made various observations of the cult of the Australian sporting hero. The subtle humour derived from Christopher Howlett and Laith McGregor's works are different perspectives to art and sport in a high impact arena, whilst Grant Stevens has created a poetic, emotionally charged commentary of 'the game'.
The works vary in disposition; from those that are light, humourous (and sometimes kitsch) contrasted with other more abstract interpretations of strategy, the game, movement, winners and losers and nationhood, A number of the video art pieces specifically reference the Gold Coast SUNS, whilst others tend to explore the broader themes and ideas of play, the individual and the audience. The inaugural Kick Off program offers viewers a broad range of unique and highly engaging works to be experienced and enjoyed on the stadium's big screen
Renai Grace, Curator, Creative Director of Creative Sight.
This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through art+place Queensland Public Art Fund.
Vernon Ah Kee
Tarryn Gill &
Pilar Mata Dupont