Mia Van den Bos & Ashleigh D'Antonio: alterior motive
22/5/16 – 19/6/16 Opening Sunday the 22nd at 6pm Ashleigh D'Antonio's practice is concerned with the gaze and ways of seeing in relation to video art and film, as constructed under a patriarchal framework. Her work aims to create an awareness in the spectator and to confront and challenge inherent responses to alluring imagery. Mia Van den Bos' current body of work investigates whether learning how to computer program is an effective tool to utilise creativity to empower oneself to subvert and critique patterns of surveillance, ownership and exploitation on the internet. Video, installation and digital paintings navigating net hegemonies exist alongside paintings created with pure code on open-source software. The use of sight and the power dynamic between who sees and who is seen emerges strongly in both current bodies of work, with D'Antonio focusing on the gendered Gaze, while Van den Bos explores issues surrounding Panoptic internet surveillance. The emphasis on deconstruction and disruption of hierarchical power structures creates an immersive collaborative dichotomy. Ashleigh D'Antonio graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts specialising in Sculpture and Installation at the University of South Australia in 2015 and is currently undertaking Honours. She has exhibited as part of Format festival 2014, Format Systems Inc. and West Bar. This year Ashleigh was awarded the Linda Lou Murphy Visual Art Scholarship Mia Van den Bos graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Drawing) at the University of South Australia last year and is currently undertaking Honours. She has been a Linda Lou Murphy Scholarship recipient and was honoured on the Chancellor's Letters of Commendation in 2014 and 2015. She has exhibited at Format Systems Inc., Prospect Gallery, West Bar, Salad Days and Hello, Yes as part of Format Festival 2014. This exhibition is supported by Carclew Youth Arts Organisation.
Elyas Alavi: HALAL
22/5/16 – 19/6/16 Opening Sunday the 22nd at 6pm The body of work presented in this exhibition, Halal, focuses on identity and sexuality through collage, painting and installation works. This body of work is created during Alavi's studio residency at Fontanelle supported by Klein Foundation and Helpmann Academy over the last 12 months. Elyas Alavi is an emerging artist and renowned poet based in Adelaide, South Australia. He is primarily working in the form of Painting, Installation and Performance Art. Alavi was born in Afghanistan, and moved to Iran as a child, following the intensification of war in his homeland and in late 2007 he moved to Australia as refugee at risk. Alavi graduated from a Masters by Research (Visual Arts) in 2015 and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the University of South Australia. He has exhibited in number of solo and group exhibitions in Australia and Afghanistan artspaces including CACSA Project Space, SASA Gallery, Nexus Arts, IFA (Kabul), Moonee Art Space (Melbourne) and Fontanelle Gallery.