+ Awkward Sideways Glances 2012, RMIT School of Art Gallery July 4-14 2012 Amanda Airs, Eric Bridgeman, Hayley Scilini, Curated by Adriane Hayward (a project of make+shift+projects collective)
Awkward Sideways Glances maps the collaborative interaction of four individuals in three ways. An intersection will occur between the close collaboration of two artists in Melbourne, work sent from Queensland by another artist, and finally the mediation of these works in the space by a curator. Ideas of authorship, play and control will surface as artists transform the space through abstract spatial constructions. Painted boards by Amanda Airs and Hayley Scilini have been used to patchwork a large wooden structure.
The structure manipulates entry and exit into the space. Its construction is intentionally visible to draw attention to how the space has been transformed. Painted boards by Airs and Scilni conceal a series of portraits by Eric Bridgeman. This concealment makes their discovery all the more intriguing. Along with his painted cans his works are revealed only by exploring the maze of boards. Scilini’s small geometric work provides contrast to the immense structure.
make+shift+projects would like to thank Stephen Gallagher, Andrew Tetzlaff, Mike Jenkins, Verity Hayward, Yuira Okamura, Jack Whitmore, Bob Baxter and Michael Dawes.