Image: Courtesy of Contemporary Art Tasmania

03-Aug-2018 - 09-Sep-2018

Exquisite Corpse


Taking the Surrealist game, Exquisite Corpse as a model, this exhibition embraces collective and sequential programming as a strategy in exhibition making. Five Tasmanian artists have been invited by their peers to present work in the Contemporary Art Tasmania Gallery with the exhibition revealing itself over two consecutive presentation periods. 

The Surrealist chance-based parlour game, Exquisite Corpse, in either the letter or drawing form, requires participants to write/ draw on a sheet of paper, fold to hide their contribution, and then pass to the next participant. Often a clue from the previous drawing/ text can be seen which operates as a guide for the next participant. This project uses selected elements from the parlor game to generate an expanded curatorial framework.

In keeping with the Surrealist game, the first artist for the Exquisite Corpse exhibition was determined largely by chance. The CAT Program Committee, which is comprised of Tasmanian artists and arts professionals put-forward, a range of artists with one name, Mike Singe pulled from the ‘hat’. Singe was then asked to propose the second artist, this artist then chose the third and so on until 5 artists had been invited to participate. Peer-to-peer relationships and artistic networks have influenced the evolving selection process. It was anticipated that this curatorial model would extend opportunity to a broad and diverse range of artists – to those that may sit outside of CAT’s institutional networks - but as chance would have it the artists in Exquisite Corpse all reside in Hobart with most having shown at CAT previously.

Unlike the Surrealist game, the artists in this exhibition were not asked to respond to the previous artists work. Requesting that an artist create work in reaction to another artist’s work, and possibly make work that sits outside the concerns of their usual practice is a questionable novelty exercise. While the artworks in the Exquisite Corpse are discrete, in presenting them together there is the possibility that connections will be made.

The first opening exhibition will occur on Friday 3 August with the first two artists presenting work in the CAT Gallery. The other participating artists will be revealed over the following weeks and culminate at the second opening on Friday 24 August. Exquisite Corpse will continue till 9 September.

Presenting artists revealed as the exhibition evolves:

Mike Singe

Mike Singe’s practice is informed by the shifting human behavior and cultural systems that surround the climate change debate. Singe states that, despite his interest in the subject of climate change, to not mistake him for an environmentally responsible artist. He is acutely aware that he (like many of us with the best of intentions) is entirely complicit in damaging the earth’s natural environment. Within this exhibition the artist highlights the hypocrisies that surround the climate change debate by presenting two distinct components: a series of drawings using captured carbon to produce images relating to animal and human respiration and a custom sensor solar powered lighting mechanism that converts the energy emitted from in-situ gallery lights into, ironically a more ‘efficient’ system.


Nicole Robson

Nicole has a Masters in Fine Art, working primarily in photography and installation art. Nicole traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland to participate in reGeneration2: tomorrow’s photographers today, launched at the Musée de l’Elysée. and touring to countries such as China, South Africa, USA, and France. Nicole received a Marie Edwards Travel scholarship to attend the opening and folio review at the Aperture foundation in New York. This exhibition also included a publication of the same name, printed by Thames and Hudson.
Nicole has presented a paper at the QCPF4 Conferences: Photography and Fiction, Queensland, she has exhibited in group shows such as ‘Dream Home’ at The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, and ‘Come to life…' at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston. Nicole has had solo exhibitions at Edmund Pearce Gallery, Melbourne and is currently represented by Penny Contemporary Gallery, Hobart.


David Edgar

David Edgar (born 1971, Sydney) is a visual artist, arts administrator and educator based in Hobart, Tasmania. His artworks are fundamentally about an interest in drawing, and in recent years he has worked exclusively with charcoal and pastel and mostly large in scale. David is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Tasmania on a Tasmanian Research Scholarship. He also has a Master of Fine Art by research from the University of Tasmania completed on an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship and has exhibited extensively in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Evandale and St Helens in Tasmania as well as in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales and internationally in the US. He recently had work acquired by the Kedbumba Drawing Collection and won the Corangamarah Art Prize in Victoria. He has been selected as a finalist in the City of Hobart Art Prize, Marie Ellis OAM Drawing Prize, Heysen Prize for Interpretation of Place, Bay of Fires Art Prize, and Sunshine Coast Art Prize. He also received an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, and Arts Tasmania Crowbar and Assistance to Individuals funding and is the award-winning recipient of the 2013 Artist-in-Residence program from the Cradle Coast Campus of the University of Tasmania where he undertook a 4-week artist residency in the north west of Tasmania. 





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