(with Raafat Ishak) Proposition for a banner march and ..., 2012

A survey of the collaborative project Proposition for banner march and a black cube hot air balloon, encompassing works over an eight-year period and new works created for the exhibition.

Exh.: Raafat Ishak and Tom Nicholson: Proposition for banner march and a black cube hot air balloon, curated by Danny Lacy, 12 July — 9 September 2012, at the Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, Victoria.
 

 

The exhibition Proposition for banner march and a black cube hot air balloon presented a survey of the collaboration between Raafat Ishak and Tom Nicholson. This collaboration is centred around an ongoing series of forms and events conceived as propositions towards a future public action involving a banner march and a black cube shaped hot air balloon. The balloon tries to follow the march. The march tries to follow the balloon. The nature and possible meanings of this future event have been articulated in a range of forms, including text, found images, paintings, public actions, and sculptural objects, many of which were presented in this exhibition, planned as part of the lead up to the eventual realisation of the event in Shepparton.

 

 
The exhibition was accompanied by a full colour 50-page catalogue, with essays by Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, Danny Lacy and Dr Amelia Barrikin, as well as an exchange between the artists, Ryan Johnstone and Danny Lacy.

An interview about the survey exhibition between the artists and Shelley McSpedden was published in the lead up to the exhibition in the inaugural issue of Discipline.

Earlier iterations of this collaborative project include: in 2004 the exhibition 2004: Australian Culture Now at the National Gallery of Victoria; and in 2009 in the West Bruswick Sculpture Triennial.

Two components from the survey exhibition at the Shepparton Art Museum were subsequently shown in the exhibition On collaboration, also including work by Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, 30 November — 22 December 2012, at Breenspace, Sydney.

 

 

Details of exhibited works

  1. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (Announcement). 2012. Digitally printed vinyl banner on exterior wall, 180 × 270 cm;

  2. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (Banner). 2004/2012. Digitally printed synthetic canvas, with linen loops, 308 × 269 cm;

  3. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (Paste up). 2003–2012. 100 A2 photocopied sheets, pasted directly on wall, printed from a box set of A3 Inkjet prints on archival paper, each photocopied sheet 59.6 × 42 cm. One in an edition of five;

  4. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (Vinyl text). 2012. Vinyl text, two sentences translated into the 15 most commonly spoken languages in Shepparton, written phonetically, 7 × 3000 cm;

  5. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (Untitled). 2004–2012. Oil on chipboard. 30 × 21 cm;

  6. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (Video before a march). 2005–2012. Hand processed black and white super 8 film transferred to SD digital video, silent, 1min 2 seconds. Camera: Louise Curham;

  7. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (Apparition of a miserable acquaintance). 2007—2012. Acrylic on MDF and wheels, 240 × 240 × 120 cm;

  8. Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon (A frames). 2012. 20 sandwich boards, each consisting of 2 Type C photographs mounted on dibond and MDF, hinges 82 × 60 × 40 cm (last dimension variable. Photograph: Christian Capurro.

 

 


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