Strange Embrace Exhibition
Strange Embrace Exhibition. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, May 30 – July 19 2015.
Opening May 29, 6-8pm.
For this exhibition Honi has explored the possibility for an awkward encounter to have unforeseen outcomes, both in real-physical-space, and by connecting through technology. She is offering some of the encounters that have led to profound shifts in her perception to the gallery goers to play with in their daily lives, if they choose to.
Two people decide to engage in an unusual encounter. At first it is strange, but their shared decision to continue creates a solidarity that allows the pair to sit in that unease and move through it to find new ways of relating. Such moments of endurance can open our perception up to new possibilities, possibilities that we may have discarded or not seen simply because they are not normal, or they feel a bit weird at first. When placed between people, the anxiety inherent in the unknown dissipates somewhat as we co-create our existence, and can together see our world anew.
Honi Ryan’s nomadic social practice has intercultural concerns that explore alternative models for living, while considering the contemporary body in relation to digital media.
The exhibition includes work from Cath Barcan, Anne Graham, Astra Howard and Daniel Kojta.
Honi Ryan. Transferral with Liberty. Video Performance 2014.
About Honi Ryan
Honi Ryan is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Blue Mountains, Australia, and in Berlin, Germany.
Ryan’s social practice draws from many disciplines: performance, sculpture, sound, video, and installation. She is interested in socially engaged art for its capacity to reveal and explore alternative models for living. Her work has intercultural concerns and combines the contemporary body with digital media, a body that is both individual and collective – connected to the single human organism.
Ryan has exhibited and performed in 11 countries, received a BVA from Sydney University, where she was awarded the university medal, and is currently an MFA candidate at the Transart Institute, New York/Berlin.
Cover photo: Honi Ryan, Fleeting Fears, Performance, Berlin, 2013
Join us for the opening of
Friday 29 May, 6pm for 6.30pm
To be opened by Nicholas Tsoutas, Zelda Stedman Lecturer in Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. Including a performance of Restless by Daniel Kojta and Sydney Silverbacks with sound accompaniment by Kevin J Sheehan.
Free event. Cash bar.
RSVP to info [at] bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au or 02 4780 5410 by Tuesday 26 May.
Strange Embrace is on exhibition from
30 May – 19 July 2015
Cath Barcan, Anne Graham, Astra Howard, Daniel Kojta and Honi Ryan.
A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition curated by Rilka Oakley.
In association with Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives (BigCi).
IMAGE: Cath Barcan Unknown Conversations 2015 (detail) archival pigment prints
Strange Embrace Panel Discussion
Thursday 11 June, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Join us for an evening of conversation with Blue Mountains Cultural Centre curator Rilka Oakley, exhibiting artists Astra Howard, Cath Barcan and Anne Graham, Sydney College of the Arts Lecturer Nicholas Tsoutas and Artist Director, Big Ci Rae Bolotin.