CHRISTINE DEAN | From Straight to Gay and Back Again
Curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham

OPENING NIGHT : Wednesday 8th July - (6-8pm)

EXHIBITION CONTINUES: Wednesday 8th July - Sunday 26th July

"From Straight to Gay and Back Again brings together seven paintings produced over a period of four years by one artist working in two genders. Daniel Mudie Cunningham came up with the idea of pairing Christopher Dean’s pink monochromatic text paintings with Christine Dean’s polychrome text paintings forming a single exhibition.
After gathering the works together it became apparent that the paintings function as a unit of measure or as a litmus text, mapping out the issues of continuity and rupture in my journey through life as well as in my art practice.
Over the years I developed a fascination for pink monochromes. Obviously the colour pink signifies femininity and from an art historical perspective monochrome painting signifies masculinity. After producing pink monochromes for twenty years I became increasingly aware that my main area of interest related to the representation of gender as opposed to sexuality.
In 2012 I started producing a new series of polychrome text paintings and the original idea was to explore my interest in the local history of Kings Cross. While conducting the research I realised that my main area of interest was to be found in my suburb's transgender history.
From Straight to Gay and Back Again asks the question ‘how can the practice of painting represent the process of gender transition and what are the outcomes when a person detransitions from gay to straight?'"
-- Christine Dean



CHRISTMAS IN JULY
Lou Hubbard | Elizabeth McInnes | Guillaume Savy | Joshua Stevens | Darren Sylvester


OPENING NIGHT : Wednesday 8th July - (6-8pm)

EXHIBITION CONTINUES: Wednesday 8th July - Sunday 26th July

Gifts are littered under the sad browning pine tree. A metallic wine-bottle-bag tagged ‘Best Wishes Daddy’ sits proudly aside the Celebrations! chockie treats, a box for each and gifts for all.

Sweaty paper crowns rest on our rosy drunken foreheads, we laugh with our Woolworth’s party bread rolls, cheese cubes and kabana sticks. Smooshing our paper napkins together and tearing our Christmas crackers with gluttonous pleasure we celebrate another year of tradition and wintery tide.

Christmas in July forms as a festive gathering of Artists calendared for a frosty mid-year feast! Bringing together a banquet of artistic practices embracing all the naughty and nice!

Foregrounding fetishistic tensions between the commodified object and the authentic abject, Christmas with its governing laws of sentimentality, consumption and tradition forms a tenuous bond between the utmost superficial and sincere. Christmas in July is an opportunity for these Australian artists to celebrate the truer meaning of Christmas in July.

Lou Hubbard appears courtesy of Sarah Scout Presents

Darren Sylvester appears courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf


CATHERINE CLAYTON-SMITH | SPIRIT LEVEL

OPENING NIGHT : Wednesday 24th June - (6-8pm)

EXHIBITION CONTINUES: Wednesday 24th June - Sunday 5th July

‘Spirit Level’ marks the first solo show of Catherine Clayton-Smith, a recent NAS graduate.
Clayton Smith’s studio-based practice is driven by a committed engagement to both drawing and painting, continually shifting between these mediums. What underscores her work is an engagement with the processes and motifs of grief and mourning (both public and private) as well as a sense of displacement that occurs in moving between the spaces of the digital and the real.

Through the act of painting Clayton-Smith’s strategies of repetition, deconstruction and layering of subject matter, derived from both mediated images and personal observations, condenses her chosen imagery to a state of faltering permanence. The density of visual information that arises from these methods oscillates in a space between abstraction and representation, memory and image co-operate in her works only to re-assure us of the inevitable mutability of the meaning they generate.

http://www.catherineclaytonsmith.com/

Baggage, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 71cm
(Image - Dominic Byrne)


BEN REID | INVITATION TO A BEHEADING

Opening Night WED 10th June 6-8PM

Exhibition Continues until SUN 21st June

INVITATION TO A BEHEADING is an exhibition of new paintings by Sydney based artist Ben Reid



Responsive Gestures is an open studio of work in progress by Photography and Situated Media Honours students from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Featuring: Eliza Ackland, Akil Ahamat, Madeline Hill, Jason Oeurn

Opening Night WED 10th June 6-8PM
Exhibition Continues until SUN 21st June

Organised by Diana Smith, Grant Stevens, Natalya Hughes.

http://utspsm.com/




Alaska Projects is proud to partner with Performance Space and Art & About to host PVI Collective's STREETWORKS: BLACKMARKET at ALASKA.
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STREETWORKS: BLACKMARKET

PVI COLLECTIVE

DO YOU THINK YOU COULD BUILD A SHELTER OUT OF CARDBOARD?
ARE YOU ABLE TO SLEEP DURING A RIOT OR OUTRUN A VIOLENT MOB?
BLACKMARKET LAYS DOWN THE CHALLENGE.

JOIN THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

BOOK NOW

A bold and playful intervention into the discourse around the failure of market economics. – Ben Brooker, RealTime

At the heart of pvi’s artistic activities is a belief that through play people will feel more ease to act outside of social norms. – Rebecca O’Brien and Rachel Robinson, ABC Arts

WED 27 – SAT 30 MAY 2015
TUES 2 – SAT 6 JUNE 2015


TICKETS: $15/$10 + BF
SESSIONS: 6:30PM, 6:45PM, 7PM, 7:15PM
VENUE: Alaska Projects, Kings Cross

Perth’s tactical media art renegades, pvi collective, return to Sydney this May for blackmarket, a participatory site-specific work that takes place on the streets of our city at night. Part roaming artwork, part real-life video game, blackmarket invites you into a dark underworld of unlicensed street selling and entrepreneurial trading.

In the fictional world of pvi’s urban role-playing game, the global financial crisis has arrived. As a player you are forced to fight for survival within a black market economy. Infiltrating Kings Cross, pvi collective invite you to join the experience as a blackmarket “hustler”. Exposed to an underground economic structure where goods and services are available but the hustlers are without cash, instead, you will trade your possessions in order to survive the night. From psychological coping mechanisms to physical training, urban survival skills to weaponising garbage, pvi’s blackmarket is highly immersive, instruction based and perversely fun.

Exploring our true worth and what we are capable of without economic growth, blackmarket is an interactive experience of live art that ensures – to borrow from the right-wing American economist Milton Freidman – “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.

ACCESS

Please contact us on 02 8571 9112 to discuss any specific access needs to you may have, or to enquire further – we will do our best to accommodate!

http://performancespace.com.au/events/streetworks-blackmarket/

http://pvicollective.com/




Early May sees two new exhibitions at ALASKA Projects.
ALAIR PAMBEGAN (SOLO) and SAMUEL HODGE Buzz Kill across both our upstairs and downstairs galleries.

Opening 6-8 Wed 29 April
Exhibition continues: Wed 29 Apr - Sun 10 May

For this exhibition Sydney based artist Samuel Hodge presents a suite of photographs taken from his archive and worked in a new assemblage.

Rather than framing the exhibition as a historical survey of his last 15 years of practice, Hodge sees the exhibition as a starting point for future investigations into portraiture and an expanded notion of image production and re-creation.

www.samuelhodge.com

Alair Pambegan presented by Tony Albert in conjunction with The Aurukun Art Centre.




PHIL JAMES | YELLOW PERIL

OPENING NIGHT: TUE 31 MARCH 6-8PM

EXHIBITION CONTINUES: SUN 26 APRIL

Philjames returns to ALASKA Projects with his fourth solo exhibition ‘Yellow Peril’. Exploring ideas around the intersection of iconography and popular culture, Philjames uses a cartoon yellow pallette as a starting point to affirm the role of cartoons as a primary moral source for the television generation.

www.philjamesart.com







KEG DE SOUZA | IF THERE'S SOMETHING STRANGE IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD....

OPENING NIGHT : THU 12 MARCH 6-8PM

EXHIBITION: 12 -29 MARCH

If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… explores the gentrification of a squatter settlement built in the 70s on a graveyard alongside Yogyakarta’s main river, Kali Code. In 2013 the local mayor announced he wanted to develop this area and local residents have already started being pushed out. Due to the history of this place, tombstones are still visible in the walls of the kampung (neighbourhood) and ghost activity is abundant. For years people in the area have relied heavily on the local ghost buster to move the ghosts out of their houses, but these paranormal evictions are now becoming an uncanny parallel for their own evictions in the living world.






HAYDEN FOWLER | YOUR DEATH

6 March - 21 March
ALASKA STUDIOS

73-75 William Street Darlinghurst

Performance dates/times

Friday 6 March 6-9pm
Thursday 12 March 6-9pm
Saturday 21 March 6-9pm

Hayden Fowler's Your Death is a performance-installation project in which the artist submits his own body in a poignant recollection of New Zealand's lost bird life. Over three sessions during Art Month, his torso will be tattooed with an image of the South Island Kōkako - last sighted in 1967 and officially declared extinct in 2004.

Your Death carries on from a project Fowler began in Auckland in 2007, where images of the lost Huia were etched onto his back in a high street shop window. In June 2014 the project was continued in Berlin where the extinct Whēkau or Laughing Owl was tattooed in flight across his chest. His imagery has been pieced together from nineteenth century watercolours, fragmented descriptions, early black and white photographs and taxidermy specimens. For Fowler, these representations symbolise the pervasive and tangible absences in the landscape. Hunting, the introduction of mammals and the industrial destruction of vast areas of ancient forests resulted in New Zealand losing a third of all its bird species. Many of those remaining exist as a type of living dead in tiny, isolated colonies on remote offshore islands. The remnant mainland forests are all but silent.

As with any wearing of mourning, Fowler's is an acknowledgement of absence and loss. The destruction of an entire species or whole ecosystem however, is an event of such significance that the mourning can never be fully completed, the empty spaces never filled. In submitting himself to be tattooed, Fowler sacrifices his own body in a ritual of both repentance and resurrection. The white, geometric set-construction in which the tattooing takes place, prophesies a sterile future as increasing numbers of species follow the Huia, Whēkau and Kōkako into oblivion. In this image of disappeared nature, all that remains is the haunting sound of recorded birdsong and two lone figures etching out memories of what has been lost.





Electric Affinity: Jess Johnson/Tina Havelock Stevens

Curated by Abigail Moncrieff

Opening night: Wednesday 25th February 6-8PM

Exhibition continues until 8th March 2015.

Electric Affinity pairs two works by artists Jess Johnson and Tina Havelock Stevens. The sonic and psychic vibration between these disparate works creates a temporary space of encounter, an experimental coming together leading to unpredictable results. Displayed at Alaska Projects, the raw setting of these works invites questions about the perception of these works and the relationship between space, the audience and the artworks.

Unhinged from time and place, Jess Johnson’s immersive animation installation Mnemonic Pulse propels us through a first-person viewpoint into an eerie, arcane and seductive parallel universe. This animation will be accompanied by a pair of site-specific wall paintings. Tina Havelock-Stevens's video White Drummer Ghost Class documents a drumming performance in an abandoned and desolate place. Her improvised riff sets off a psychic explosion, rendered with a punk aesthetic that draws the viewer through the anxieties and exultations of spatial and social interaction.

Jess Johnson is represented by Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney; Ivan Anthony Gallery, New Zealand

www.tinahavelockstevens.com

www.jessjohnson.org



LET'S GET LOST

ALASKA Projects is proud to present a group exhibition in our new gallery space on street level in the car park.
Please join us.

Opening Night: Wed 25 February

Exhibition Continues until: Sun 29 March

ALASKA Projects Upstairs Space

Level 5 Kings Cross Car Park (Street Level)
9A Elizabeth Bay Rd
Elizabeth Bay

ALASKA Upstairs space is open SAT/SUN 1-6
Or by appointment.

Tully Arnot
Catherine Clayton-Smith
Bridie Connell
Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Samuel Hodge
Daniel Hollier
Biljana Jancic
Philjames
Kate Scardifield
Garry Trinh
Jason Wing

Opening in conjunction with - Downstairs Project Space Level 2

Electric Affinity: Jess Johnson/Tina Havelock Stevens

Curated by Abigail Moncrieff

Opening night: Wednesday 25th February 6-8PM

Exhibition continues until 8th March 2015.






SERENA BONSON | WANGARRA

Please join us for the opening night and artist reception of Serena Bonson's first solo exhibition at ALASKA Projects in conjunction with Maningrida Arts and Culture.

Serena's exhibition features a suite of hand carved and painted Wangarra spirit figures created in the artist's home town of Maningrida NT on the shores of the Arafura Sea.

Opening Night and Artist reception : Thu 29th Jan 6-8PM

Exhibitions continue until Sun 8th Feb.

ALASKA Projects is open Sat/Sun 1-6PM or by appointment.

This exhibition is proudly supported by Maningrida Arts and Culture and the Copyright Agency Limited/ Viscopy.

http://www.maningrida.com




SAMUEL HODGE | SKATE OR DIE

Opening Night Wed 14th Jan 6-8PM

Exhibition continues to Sun 25th Jan

www.samuelhodge.com