Artists | Oliva Biasin, Roch Dziewialtowski-Gintowt, Rocky Lu, Clare Peake, Bjoern Rainer-Adamson.
In record time brings together the practices of five WA and Australian artists in a conversation on art, labour and circumstance. Considering how artists record, mark and structure their daily labour, this exhibition, which includes new commissions and past works in ceramics, drawing, installation and kinetic sculpture, acknowledges the passing of time and ideas in the practices of each artist.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Olivia Biasin is an emerging multidisciplinary artist, using different mediums to explore a variety of perspectives around late-capitalist life. The mediums of joinery and bricolage are used by the artist to explore the physical and psychological compartmentalisation that has become a staple of the late-capitalist condition. Olivia’s works’ serve as the final evidence of her daily practices both as an artist and within her everyday life, forming workspaces that are fabricated, altered and utilised by the artist to suit her current lifestyle and mindset. The nuances of each scratch, mark, stain form an intimate manifestation of every aspect of life at the moment each work is complete.
Roch Dziewialtowski-Gintowt (b. 1955) is an artist who worked at DADAA almost daily for over 10 years. Meticulously detailed timesheets kept by the artist are witness to his disciplined approach to coming to work. Characterised by a definitive size, and repetition of marks and materials, Roch’s practice was intrinsically shaped by his regimented allocation of time to making, coffee and daily sales tactics to visitors to the DADAA building.
Roch’s works have been shown throughout arts and health institution since the late 1980s including at, Fremantle Arts Centre, Heathcote Cultural Precinct, Claremont School of Art, and in multiple group exhibitions through the Creative Expression Unit at Graylands Hospital.
On display in this exhibition are a small collection of the hundreds of works produced by Roch over the past 10 years; a tribute to his sudden passing in early 2020 and his very missed presence in the DADAA studio.
Rocky Lu is an emerging artist currently working at the DADAA Fremantle studio. He began drawing at aged 12 and his practice across the last 16 years has expanded to include model-making and ceramics. His works are strongly influenced by skyscrapers, city views, architectural landmarks and styles. Each of his high-rise works on paper are hand-drawn using a specific mathematic formula to achieve the scale, accuracy and detail of the structure, and take between 16 to 48 hours to complete. Currently Rocky is exploring the monster skyscrapers of New York and practice of architect Harry Siedler.
Rocky’s works have previously been shown at the American Consulate in Perth. In Record Time is his first official exhibition.
Clare Peake (b. 1984 Geraldton, WA) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Art) from Curtin University in 2006 and completed postgraduate studies in Anthropology at the University of Western Australia in 2010. Clare was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize (Art Gallery South Australia) and has contributed to a number of significant solo and group shows, notably, The National (2019) as well as recent exhibitions at Verge Gallery, Casula Powerhouse, Bus Projects and 7th Gallery. Clare has also recently completed residencies at both the Jenni House in Whitehorse, Canada and Artspace, Sydney.
Bjoern Rainer-Adamson is a German-born, West Australian Artist, who spent his formative years in rural Bavaria, a region renowned as a world leader in the auto and aircraft manufacturing industry. This bedrock appreciation for fine engineering led to an interest in developing works that subvert existing technologies to their most absurd and abstracted ends. Bjoern interrogates in a global context our desire as a species to innovate, where the correlation between accelerated growth and technological advancement obscures the slipping of control to the hands of machines. Through the methodical deconstruction of nostalgic analogue components; record players, mechanical calculators; Bjoern assembles kinetic sculptures built to take on a life of their own.
Most recently Bjoern won the prestigious John Stringer Prize awarded by the Collectors Club, Perth (2019); was a selected artist for HERE&NOW, 2018, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, and was awarded a commission for a public artwork titled IMACHINATION by the School of Early Learning, North Perth.
Image: Clare Peake, Intermediate Pots, 2015 – ongoing, ceramics, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.