From the 13 April 2020 onwards MEANWHILE will be presenting a new online programme; isolated in/sites, in response to the current global pandemic. Each week a different member of our community will take over our social media channels & our website to share stories, thoughts or recent work during this new normal now.
As an accompaniment to our newly launched Patreon, this programme aims to collaboratively reduce rent for all of MEANWHILE’s studio artists whilst also providing space for sharing and accessing evolving art practices. Although launched in association with our Patreon, the content presented as part of isolated in/sites will be available and accessible to all of our online followers.
Follow us on instagram (@meanwhile_gallery), facebook (@MEANWHILE.gallery) and check back here to keep up to date with isolated in/sites and what our community is up too. In the meantime, take a look at our Patreon, or see how you can get involved & support us !
For the third week of isolated in/sites we will be hosting work by
MEANWHILE studio artist; Sam Clague.
Follow us on Instagram @meanwhile_gallery to keep up with
Sam's insights until the 23rd april.
Clague’s practice embodies a recurrent interest in using the contemporary moment as a vantage point, reflecting upon the fraught streams of history and meaning that compose our collective psychic environment. Works pull at contemporary phenomena like so many threads; unravelling further into the past with each tug; the present revealing itself as a precarious and timeless extrapolation of worlds, eternities, and lives we will never truly comprehend.
Abbra Kotlarczyk writes, in the essay I, Us, Them: A dark triad, radiating out from a centre and closing in for Art+Australia Online:
Clague’s works are elisions in the true sense of the word: as aporia, an irresolvable internal contradiction that gets to the heart of what it means to both reject and join forces with our turbid desires. Perhaps it’s something like the poet Anne Waldman describes when she takes on the dark spirit of Richard Nixon during a fire puja ceremony: in order to generate more compassion for the world we have to let in the negative energies as well as the positive.