Sunday, 19 April 2015

Post opening: Notes: Museum of Fathers, Factory 49

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I will also be uploading additional installation images and close up of works to this blog as soon as these become available.

It has been a curious exercise to select key works from the last four years studio work. As space and site are primary concerns, I've enjoyed setting up new conversation between many works, including Museum of Fathers #39: 30 irregular minutes (1999-2014) and Museum of Fathers #53: O (2013-2015). A large rectangular metal floor grate located near 30 irregular minutes set up an unexpected push-pull tension between this piece and O.
In my non-artist work like I have frequently worked with artists to help them place their multiple works in installation, site specific and gallery settings. To now do this for myself was a consolidating exercise.

When one makes deathly quiet works- placement is paramount. The second and smaller room at Factory 49 illustrates this point well. This room contains two works- one large mural autocartographical drawing, Museum of Fathers # 54: Raft no.1 (2014) and the A3 sized drawing, Museum of Fathers #58: Untitled (2015). The relationship between these two works is such that these two works would ideally, on another occasion, be displayed within close proximity of each other.

The location of the 12x blind embossed woodblock prints, Museum of Fathers # 25-37: Ghosts ACR/MEJ (2011-2013), in the large showroom space, has set up an operatic tension between these works and O (2013-2015). On this occasion, the twelve ACR/MEJ prints function, as I always hoped they would, as a chorus from an opera. The presentation of this solo show, has illustrated to me and that I could easily extend the MOF over 5 equally large rooms, as these additional works are ready for display.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Museum of Fathers. As I mentioned to people on the night- work only comes to life when it has an audience.

Credits and thanks:
Factory 49: Kate, Chris, Marlene and Pam. 
Technical: Nick Summers, Plum Letterpress; and Ramie Moussa, casting dynamo.
Legends: Robert Lake and Margaret Roberts



Friday, 3 April 2015

Press release: India Zegan: 'Museum of Fathers', Venue: Factory 49, Sydney




India Zegan | Museum of Fathers #53: O (2013-2015) | Photography: Felicity Jenkins | Dimensions: Diameter: 1075mm, depth: 3.2mm| Materials: White resin and fibreglass | Cast with the assistance of Ramie Moussa


PRESS RELAEASE: India Zegan: Museum of Fathers
Venue: FACTORY 49
Address: 49 Shepherd Street, Marrickville
OPENING NIGHT: Wednesday, 15 APRIL 2015
TIME: 6-8pm

India Zegan’s Museum of Fathers project began in 2011. To date, fifty-seven objects, drawings and prints have been produced and catalogued for the collection. For this exhibition, Zegan has selected some key objects from her Museum of Fathers. This exhibition also marks the public unveiling of one of the key artefacts, Museum of Fathers # 53: O (2013-2015), alongside other new work. Zegan’s tongue in cheek title, Museum of Fathers, examines and inverts narratives to reflect the complexities of family structures, lineage, gender and identity.  Zegan’s work with archives and public collections in Federal, state and tertiary institutions, informs her practice.

India Zegan is a Sydney based artist whose practice spans automatic drawing, installation, sculpture and performance. Zegan has a MA (Art Administration), COFA, UNSW; BVA(Hons), SCA. She has also undertaken residencies at the Arthur Boyd Bundanon Trust and the NSW Ministry for the Arts Studios at the Gunnery. She has participated in over 23 group exhibitions since starting her MOF in 2011. This is her second solo show at Factory 49.

High resolution jpeg and TIFF images are available. Email: india.zegan@gmail.com