‘transformer’ at john curtin art gallery

the jb hertz statue - temporarily transformed

the jb hertz statue – temporarily transformed

pvi at invisible genres

this new exhibition takes over the entirety of john curtin gallery and features some kick-ass contemporary artists from the netherlands, south africa, indonesia and australia, situating them alongside major pieces by william kentridge, julie dowling, balinese master, dewa mokoh and dutch video artist wendelien van oldenborgh.

“instead of viewing history of the past, invisible genres is kind of reframing history as a means of reimagining the present”
– curator john mateer

the exhibition foregrounds the 400th anniversary of the dutch landing on the coast western australia, and draws together the works of several generations of wa artists who are repositioning traditional attitudes towards the dutch invented genres of ‘portrait’, ‘landscape’, ‘still life’ and ‘the everyday.’

transformer was a four hour one-on-one board game devised by pvi and played on mass by students of the university of the free state and members of the public on the lawns of hertzog square in bloemfontein, south africa in july 2016.

under the austere gaze of the jb hertzog statue, [one of the architects of the apartheid movement], players were invited to roll the dice and seek out ways in which they could immediately transform theirs and others perceptions of their surroundings. from fishing with crystals to purify the local ponds, to occupying the lawns for a nap and hacking each others’ happiness endorphins through scent, transformer responds to ‘the everyday’ as an opportunity to playfully intervene in a public space whilst asking some serious questions about who is in power here.

to find out more about the project as it appeared at the vrystaat kunstefees in bloemfontein, south africa: click here. 

transformer was made possible by the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development, an initiative developed by the Vrystaat Arts Festival in partnership with the University of the Free State and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

click here for the invisible genres exhibition website.

a playing card from ‘transformer’

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