WHEN : 10th – 17th Nov / Opening 14th Nov, 6:00pm
WHERE : Metro Arts
This exhibition brings together works constructed over the last five years of my practice. I build dwellings, spaces for artworks to reside in, to make work in, for viewers to visit. They become portable studios, solitary spaces for contemplative drawing; and extensions for the body, prosthetics that both facilitate and constrain the performance of drawing. In the gallery, they operate as spatial prosthetics, adaptable environments to house drawings, sound sculptures and video works. They are spaces in which to dwell on those ideas that preoccupy me… the performativity of making, the limits of language and expression, gender politics and the constraints of art history and philosophy. The practice performs a playful mixing of language codes and systems drawn from abstraction, conceptual art, pop music, literature and philosophy – and enacts a gendered ‘redrawing’ of these texts.
Rachael Haynes is a visual artist and arts writer based in Brisbane. She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Visual Arts from the Queensland University of Technology, with an Australian Postgraduate Award. Rachael has exhibited her work in Brisbane and nationally, this year with solo exhibitions at Kings ARI and Bus Projects (Melbourne) and as part of the Next Wave Festival and at Performance Space (Sydney) with Level. She has been awarded the Melville Haysom Memorial Scholarship and the Eddie Hopkins Memorial Drawing Prize. Rachael is the Director of Boxcopy and a founding co-director of Level.
Image: Rachael Haynes warning constraint limit experience 2011 (still from digital video).