Great Movements of Feeling—
Artists: Megan Cope Helen Grogan Nik Pantazopolous Stuart Ringholt Sriwhana Spong Sue Williamson
Great Movements of Feeling is a multi-disciplinary project that explores emotion as a cognitive and bodily force. Originally developed for the 2018 Next Wave Festival through the Gertrude Contemporary Emerging Curators Program, the exhibition considers emotion through personal and historical lenses; as a flowing drive that occurs between people, concepts and objects.
This structure brings together the two historical ‘camps’ of emotion theory: emotion as primarily tied to bodily sensations, and emotion as thought. The works in this exhibition inhabit facets of emotion congealing at different points on this spectrum: sometimes weighted towards a bodily sensation, at other times towards a cognitive judgment, or somewhere in between.
Featuring work from Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Helen Grogan (Australia), Nik Pantazopoulos (Australia), Stuart Ringholt (Australia), Sriwhana Spong (New Zealand / United Kingdom) and Sue Williamson (South Africa) and a Medieval stained glass window (artist unknown). These artworks wrestle with ideas of emotion, of content that is loaded with feeling, and at times where emotion might sit within art practice, touching on ethical, aesthetic, social, and spiritual dimensions. In all, there is a sense of historical weight threading through: the inheritance of trauma, of love, of the passing down of feeling.
Stuart Ringholt Anger Workshops 2008-ongoing
Poster from Public Workshop, Sydney Biennial, 2008 Courtesy the artist, Assembly New York and MADA, Monash University © the artist Photo credit: Christo Crocker
Artist unknown Flemish Stained glass c. late 15th century
Framed light box, Australian Catholic University Art Collection Acquired 2017 Courtesy of ACU University © ACU University Photo credit: Christo Crocker
Megan Cope The Empire Strikes Black II (Self Determination) 2018
Oodgeroo (paperbark), Ochre and Beeswax 104 x 48 cm (approx.) Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne © the artist Photo credit: Christo Crocker
Sue Williamson It’s a pleasure to meet you 2016
Two channel video: 24.4 mins Image courtesy the artist and Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johanesberg, South Africa © the artist Photo credit: Christo Crocker
Helen Grogan splitting open the surface on which it is inscribed 2018
Multi-channel channel video and sonic recording (14:50 min) synchronized and looped, with spatialised configuration. Choreographic score design and development: Helen Grogan. Choreographic score enaction for Gertrude Contemporary foyer site: Shelley Lasica. Sound Recordist: Liam Power
Courtesy of the artist and ReadingRoom © the artist Photo credit: Christo Crocker
Nik Pantazopolous to unfurl IV (A6007550) 2017
pigment print, Tasmanian oak, acrylic paint, Perspex, grey enamel diabond,
Courtesy of the artist and Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, Melbourne © the artist Photo credit: Christo Crocker
Sriwhana Spong This Creature 2016
HD video: 14.55 Image courtesy the artist and Michael Lett, Auckland © the artist