Australia Council for the Arts artist Michelle Ussher curates a group show featuring her own work and that of Daniel Lipp, Marco Belfiore and Alex Pittendrigh.
Michelle Ussher takes pleasure in imagining the layer of fiction we need to understand reality
and the precipice of madness. Her paintings act as paragraphs in a nebulous fiction inspired by literature, anecdotes, film and other images. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Luciende’ Uplands Gallery, Melbourne 2010, ‘I walk the line’ Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2009, ‘Lost & Found: An Archeology of the Present’ TarraWarra Biennial, Victoria 2008, ‘Helovanorak’ Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth 2008, ‘Too Near Too Far’ Care/of Contemporary Art Centre, Milan 2007. She was a recipient of the Power Institute studio residency at the Cité des Arts, Paris 2008 and the Australia Council studio residency, London, 2009 and the 2010 Marten Bequest travelling Scholarship.
An inherent part of Daniel Lipp’s practice is his catalogue of imagery. For him collecting images is a way to think, translate and register matter. Only a fraction of these images ever become paintings. He avoids that which surrounds him, instead choosing that which is distant in time, subject or place, thus allowing him to inspect visual culture, photography and above all painting itself. Graduating from Goldsmiths in 2007 his recent exhibitions include Riff Raff at Q Gallery, London and The Blue Obelisk, London.
Marco Belfiore enjoys the simplicity of drawing. These drawings freely take on the form of video, performance, painting or animation. Irony plays a fundamental role in all his work allowing him to change expressive register through ongoing reversals of meaning. Recent exhibitions include: If you do know that ‘here is one hand , CAC Contemporay Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; Loops , Chelsea Space, Chelsea College of Art and Design London ; Encyclopedia , Neon fdv, Milano ; FRAME, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne.
Alex Pittendrigh is a restless tourist of the sublime wherever he may find it,which he then tries to paint directly from the subconscious impressions projected upon the back of his brain. His sculptural works act as a therapeutic diversion to the paintings, tantalising and frustrating. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Wilderness’,Art Gallery of NSW,Sydney 2010, ‘Neo Gothic’ Queensland UT Art Museum 2008, ‘Uncanny Nature’ Australian Centre for Contemporary Art,Melbourne 2006, ‘Academici ‘British School at Rome,Italy 2005, ‘La Peste’ ACCA 2008, ‘The Show of Monsters’ Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces 2004.
The Acme Project Space, 44 Bonner Road, E2 9JS