Counihan Gallery Opening

Counihan_Gallery_spot_logo_black_web.17 – 30 October

The Counihan Gallery In Brunswick is pleased to invite you to opening
of two new exhibitions:

Cassandra Tytler
Can’t Look, Can’t Look Away
Rebecca Agnew | Fergus Binns | Monica’s Gallery
Alexandra Nemaric | Mark Shorter
Curated by Amelia Winata

Opening Celebration: Thursday 6 October 6 – 8 pm

To be opened by Cr Samantha Ratnam, Mayor of Moreland
Opening remarks from:
Rex Butler, Professor of Art History and Theory at Monash University
Ian Haig, Senior Lecturer in Expanded Studio Practice at RMIT

Gallery One:

Cassandra Tytler Masked (rash) 2015 Digital Video, 5 minute loop Courtesy of the artist

Indisposed – Cassandra Tytler

Our relationship with screen culture has dramatically changed.
Much of our daily interaction with others, our community and
culture is mediated through screens. Increasingly, the way
we relate to other bodies is via technological devices. These
interactions and representations frame our world-view, inform
our self-perception and social constructions.
Indisposed is a mixed media installation that teases out these
notions of the body. Through performance, Cassandra Tytler
enacts a character wrestling with what her body means to her
and to others through her own representation of it televisually.
She uses performativity, humour and pathos as tools to draw
out ideas of self-representation, body hatred, body perfection,
and how screen personas are an articulation of who we are and
atonement for what we are not.

Gallery 2

Fergus Binns Toy Painting (Alice in Neverland) 2010 Oil on linen, 152 x 121 cm Courtesy of the artist

Can’t Look, Can’t Look Away
Rebecca Agnew, Fergus Binns,
Alexandra Nemaric, Simon Pericich, Mark Shorter
Curated by Amelia Winata

Curator Amelia Winata returns to a compelling subject with
a long tradition in the visual arts: the grotesque. By combining
seductive and repellent imagery, the exhibiting artists create
new forms of the grotesque as a reflection of Western society
today. Seen through a social lens, the exhibition considers
neo-liberalism, gender, sexuality and post-colonialism.
Showcasing painting, photography, video and sculpture
Can’t Look, Can’t Look Away references social taboos such
as mutation and hybridity once associated with the tradition
and spectacle of the carnival ‘freak show’, but pushes further
into the equally simultaneously attractive and off-putting
realms of contemporary living.


Artist talks | Saturday 15 October, 2.30 pm