Artists

Jordan Azcune

Through solo and collaborative works, Jordan Azcune’s practice develops from the act of playing. This artistic practice appropriates quotidian materials in order to communicate a joking and formal intersection between contemporary art and architecture. Azcune utilises colour, kinetics, and improvisation in a playful yet technically sophisticated manner to respond critically yet humorously to failed 20th century ideals of Utopianism and optimism.

Graduating from Queensland University of Technology with Honours in 2016 Azcune has since been working along with public artists including an ongoing mentorship with artist Lincoln Austin. Nationally, his work has been exhibited in a range of artist run spaces, festivals, and galleries including; Cut thumb ARI, Inresidence, Swell Sculpture, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and Redlands Regional Art Gallery.

Artist Website – Jordanazcune.com

Image: Jordan Azcune, Palace of the Soviets, 2016. Cut foam, floral tie. 137 x 187 x150 cm

Janni Cox

Janni Cox is a Brisbane based artist who recently completed Honours in Fine Art at Queensland University of Technology in 2017.

As both an artist and skateboarder, he explores the creative potential of skateboarding. Rather than dealing with skateboarding as a subject or subculture in contemporary art, he explores his personal creative processes involved in skateboarding. Through this, he draws on how his improvisational and spatially investigative methods can offer unique ways to reconsider and reimagine the creative potential of urban space and found objects. With this approach, he uses improvised performance tactics, resulting in process-orientated video installations and sculptural assemblages formed and presented within the gallery and public spaces.

Artist Website – www.jannicox.com

Image: Janni Cox, Roll (in/out) (2017), two channel video on 30” LCD screens

Kinly Grey

Kinly Grey is a Brisbane-based artist who engages with embodiment and expanded poetics in exploration of art’s affect. Their practice includes instructional, performance, installation, and experience-based works that mostly occur outdoors. Placing viewer experience at their centre, Kinly’s works require participation or enactment for their realisation. Intuition, understandings of queerness as a state of possibilities, and poetics serve as their guiding methodological approaches. Laden with metaphor, and foregrounding perception, Kinly’s works are explorations of feeling and experience that intersect the intimately personal, and cosmically reflective.

Kinly graduated from Queensland University of Technology with First Class Honours in 2014. They have exhibited in numerous ARIs, public spaces, and galleries in Brisbane, including at Mt Coot-tha, Metro Arts, Cut Thumb, CLUTCH Collective, FAKE estate, and Boxcopy Contemporary Art Space. They have spoken on various panels including at This Is Not Art Festival (Newcastle), and My View From Here at Metro Arts.

Artist Website – www.kinlygrey.com

Image: Kinly Grey The Size of Air (2017). Temporary public installation, Queen St Mall, Brisbane. Curated by McCarthy-Swann Productions.

Renata Buziak

Renata Buziak is a photo-media artist, a sessional academic, and workshops facilitator. Her interdisciplinary art practice includes intercultural and art-science research, and cross disciplinary collaborations. For over a decade Renata has been developing an experimental process of images making, the biochrome, based on fusion of organic and photographic materials subject to decomposition. Her recent PhD research focused on local Australian healing plants significant to the Quandamooka Peoples of Minjerribah.

Renata received several grants, scholarships, and art awards. Renata’s monogram Afterimage (2010) was launched by the Queensland Centre for Photography; her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and features in private and public collections.

Artist Website – www.renata-buziak.com

Image: Hardenbergia violacea blood-purifier, 2015, Archival pigment on paper.

Tristan Griffin

Tristan Griffin is a Tweed Coast based artist, currently completing his studies at The Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. With 15 years of experience in the IT industry, covering roles involving programming, asset production, hardware and retail, the transition to contemporary fine arts has seen digital assets become integral to his practice, commissions and collaborations. A solid foundation in digital technologies has allowed him to adapt in a rapidly evolving industry and to apply his skill sets to teach and lead teams through various community organisations, projects and events.

Tristan’s practice explores the capacity for New Media Arts to express abstract concepts through the cross pollination of the physical, the digital and the spiritual. This exploration stems from an interest of where technology sits within the context of the traditional church, Abrahamic religion and spirituality. These works are primarily participatory, providing experiences of emerging technologies such as; sublime environmental virtual reality, augmented reality, spacial audio, theta wave oscillation, synchronous decibel modulation, relative geolocation placement and glossolalia translation.

For more information please visit the – Artist Website 

Chase Archer

Chase Archer is a Brisbane based artist working across painting, drawing and printmaking. Receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art from Queensland College of Art in 2016, he is currently completing Honours.

Archer’s works are layered composite scenes created from imagery ranging from painstakingly replicated Dutch masters, through to iPhone photos and images appropriated from mass media and popular culture. These images are combined to create scenes which highlight the tension between not only the symbolism of the imagery but the medial, historic and social connotations of the content.

The artworks contain complex dialogues which bridge high art and the everyday. Through the combination of iconography the works reflect a sense of the contemporary while still considering the history of the mediums. They present a disjointed archive of collected images as a means of creating artworks which are self referential and dense in possible interpretations.

For more information please visit the – Artist Website / Instagram

Image: Chinese burn appreciation society, oil and screen print on board, 90x60cm 2017

Naomi Blacklock

Naomi Blacklock is a Brisbane based artist who has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Working primarily with sound installation, text works and performance, her artworks involve an exploration and examination of mythologies regarding the witch archetype and harmful histories of gender and cultural identity. She is PhD candidate at QUT and is a Co-director of Brisbane’s ARI, CLUTCH Collective.

Her practice addresses the political and creative significance of the witch archetype as an emancipatory symbol for alterity in contemporary art. She is concerned with representations of the ‘witch’ as characterised by legal, religious and social institutions and the operation of this term by cultural minorities and LGBTQIA communities. The practice is based on ritualised sound and performance art as a way to amplify the body and the voice through performative bodily precision and aural screaming. Conjured-self apparitions and the female scream are themes indoctrinated within the performance works by adopting ritual, alterity and the figure of the witch as methods of experimentation. Her recent works address the significance of disruptive feminist voices and reimagine’s intersectional identities through the figure of the ‘witch’ as Other.

For more information please visit the – Artist Website

Image: Soiled 2015, installation performance work. Soil, amplifier, metal, vocal microphone, contact microphone, effect pedals. Performance documentation, H Block Gallery, QUT, Brisbane.

Aaron Butt

Aaron Butt’s practice is concerned with unexpected, affective and apophenic responses to found images, objects and text which are then contextualised in psychoanalytic and neuroscientific frameworks. Working across a range of media, affective responses are recorded yet abstracted in order to promote new connections and experiences, both real and imagined.

Aaron Butt is an artist living and working north of Brisbane. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Honours) at QUT in 2014. In 2015 Aaron was a finalist in the Sunshine Coast New Media Prize, Moreton Bay Region Art Awards (with Merit) and Queensland Regional Art Awards and was awarded the Brian Tucker Young Artist Development Award. In 2016 Aaron was a finalist in the Clayton Utz Award and the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize. He is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Art project at QUT.

For more information please visit the – Artist Website

Image: Missed Encounter (2015)

Kailum Graves

Kailum Graves is an emerging new media artist who works predominantly in the medium of photography and within the sphere of the photographic process, including large-scale video installations. His practice reflects the influence of technology on the photographic medium and sits resolutely within the context of future movements of contemporary photography. He studied art history, philosophy, archaeology, and photography at the University of Queensland and the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He graduated from both degrees with distinction, and dean’s commendations for high achievement and academic excellence, which ranked him in the top five percent. Upon graduation, he spent three years researching, experimenting, and creating a body of work. He only began entering art awards and exhibitions in 2016, and has been a finalist in 22 state, national, and international art awards—including the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize, the Digital Portraiture Award, and the Royal Ulster Academy’s 135th Annual Exhibition—had 21 exhibitions, including a public art commission, and was selected to participate in SOMA Summer, an eight-week program for international artists, curators, critics, and art historians, conducted in Mexico City. In 2016 he won the Clayton Utz Art Award and the Toowoomba Biennial Emerging Artists Award, and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the Fremantle Arts Centre, the Murray Art Museum Albury, the Incinerator Gallery, Kensington Contemporary, the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, the Noosa Regional Gallery, and the Pine Rivers Art Gallery.  To support the arts community, he founded artist-run-initiative An Evolving Thesis, where he works as a curator and writer, and he also volunteers at the Flying Arts Alliance. His work is held in the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

For more information please visit the –  Artist Website

Image: The Celebrity That Therefore I Am, 2015, 72 Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, framed, museum glass, each 8.6cm x 5.4cm, overall dimensions 76cm x 70cm

Tayla Haggarty

Tayla Haggarty’s practice is fixated on exploring the complex question of what constitutes a lesbian feminist artwork, and more specifically, how one can effectively represent the personal lesbian erotic. These investigations take form through performance, installation and sculpture. The work typically explores how the lesbian feminist identity can be translated and constructed through materials, to formally articulate and archive lesbian experience. The works often employ industrial or ready-made materials that when constructed within the space, are arranged to heighten the elements of tension and balance and the components of ‘sameness’. These undertakings are often habitually minimal, site specific and employ humour as a tactic to engage viewers. This use of humour aims to break down the serious topics surrounding lesbian sexuality and relationship politics, further making the experiences that form the foundation of the practice more relatable to those outside the queer community.

For more information please visit the – Artist Website

Image: Tayla Haggary, ‘Lesbian Mating Call (talking laughing loving breathing fighting fucking crying drinking writing winning loosing cheating thinking kissing dreaming), sculptural installation, cement mixer, 2 litres of lube, floor grit,  extension cord. Wet, Oral Ari, 2015.’  Image by Louis Lim.