Freedom is the gentle exploration of boundaries...
I wear jeans, T-shirt, fragrance...


Daffy Scanlan, Jah Maskell, Jordan Barse, Jordan Halsall, Kate Meakin, Spencer Lai, Travis MacDonald, Victoria Todorov

Curated by Spencer Lai
Discordia Gallery, Melbourne

June 27th - 29th August, 2020

 

Press: KubaParis

Supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
 

 

 


 

Freedom is the gentle exploration of boundaries, 2020
Spencer Lai

 

1

 

To understand the boundaries of the self is a practice as old as time. The limitations of the self as an organic vessel, as a network of organs, cellular forms, blood, nerves. Freedom is the gentle exploration of boundaries.

 

The function of the synapse is to transfer electric activity (information) from one cell to another. The transfer

can be from nerve to nerve (neuro-neuro), or nerve to muscle (neuro-myo).

 

The region between the pre- and postsynaptic membrane is very narrow, only 30-50 nm.

2

 

Thousands of bootleg Frozen backpacks are worn by children. Frozen is popular. I imagine their global formation as a complicated syndication of dots and swirling patterns on a weather map, like a swarming drove of locusts searching for bodies of water.


Elsa’s playful smize meets mine, her dilated pupils seem to call out, beckoning for my attention.

A speech bubble appears above her head contains mangled English. I read the text many times, but can’t make sense of what the text reads and I mildly dissociate, enjoying the misinformation, allowing it to envelope me, pool around me.

 

Children often dismantle their toys to understand the mechanisms that lie within. These investigatory attempts to disassemble the toy often results in disfigurement. It is rare that the child possesses the necessary motor skills or tools required to ensure that the object is dismantled in a safe fashion.

 

3

 

The limited scope of understanding of our environment, the intangible presence that enshrouds form and bodies: I imagine this to be of shades of lilac or violet: perhaps in this case, a cool, aquamarine.
 

Perhaps more specifically, the paint I have selected for the floor, here, is called ‘Green Tiara’, by Taubman.
 

I figure that the experience of this colour is something like a piece of costume jewelry in the mouth, a repeated spasm of dull metallic tangs. The tongue moves over the jewelry, exploring the cavities, caressing the negative recesses where there are no diamantés, the ridges of the fastening structure. Searching the object’s physical form, exploring the solid volume (surface) for repositories (non-surface).

 

4

 

We didn’t have a fight out of nothing.

 

That is rarely the case - that is, for fights to appear from no clear action. I suppose I felt on edge after having a dream that evening. I was an adolescent girl. More accurately: I dream about the embodiment of a young person during their formative years.
 

In the dream I make friends, listen to music. I rebel against my parents, who are conveniently represented in my dream as two shadowy, undefined figures. I lie in bed and kick and cry and scream into my pillow. No one understands me, and if only there were other people like me out there, we could be friends.
 

We could share similar interests in another city. We share each other’s clothes and exchange information with one another. We laugh and play together. And if there is no one else left in this world: so be it.
 

This scenario could take place from the 1950s, maybe, through to contemporary times.
 

Perhaps the content of the argument, along with the character flow dynamics could change here and there.

Maybe there is a really old setting, like a medieval dungeon or mead hall. We could consider rendering much of the background in CGI.

It could be more futuristic, I suppose, too.

I will leave this with you, as you are knowledgeable, to imagine the future and its appearance.

 

Please note: the clothes, music and environment changes slightly, incrementally more modern and stylish, each year.


 

Freedom is the gentle expression of boundaries... I wear jeans, T-shirt, fragrance..., installation view

Freedom is the gentle expression of boundaries... I wear jeans, T-shirt, fragrance..., installation view

Jah Maskell

Magazine stand #1, 2019

Welded steel, cow hide, metal buttons, published writings of Donald Judd

Spencer Lai
Untitled, 2020
Acrylic, wall clock component, Polly Pocket clothing and accessories, pins

Spencer Lai
Untitled (detail), 2020

Jordan Barse
Thus, the dressmaker's dummy, 2020
Gouache and sticker, chain and charms on aquaboard

Jordan Barse
An autograph from J.Lo, 2020
Gouache and sticker, chain and charms on aquaboard

 

Jordan Barse
Thus, the dressmaker's dummy, 2020
Gouache and sticker, chain and charms on aquaboard

 

Jordan Barse
Thus, the dressmaker's dummy, 2020
Gouache and sticker, chain and charms on aquaboard

 

Jordan Barse
An autograph from J.Lo, 2020
Gouache and sticker, chain and charms on aquaboard

 

Jordan Barse
An autograph from J.Lo (detail), 2020

 

Freedom is the gentle expression of boundaries... I wear jeans, T-shirt, fragrance..., installation view

Freedom is the gentle expression of boundaries... I wear jeans, T-shirt, fragrance..., installation view

Jordan Halsall
Monist Structure, 2020
Polylactic acid and silicon carbide

Jordan Halsall
Monist Structure, 2020
Polylactic acid and silicon carbide

Victoria Todorov
Title not known, 2019
Poly cotton, glue, tongue piercing barbells, plastic

Spencer Lai
Untitled, 2020
IKEA 'Storstomma' pride bags, cardboard, tissue paper, party supplies and decorations, fabricated weaponry, tools, antique puppets

Spencer Lai
Untitled (detail), 2020

Spencer Lai
Untitled (detail), 2020

Spencer Lai
Untitled (detail), 2020

Spencer Lai
Untitled (detail), 2020

Spencer Lai
Untitled (detail), 2020

Freedom is the gentle expression of boundaries... I wear jeans, T-shirt, fragrance..., installation view

Kate Meakin
For the woman who appreciates the dramatic effect of understatement, 2020
Steel safe tray, zinc safe tray, water pump, magazine paper, water, dried orange

Kate Meakin
For the woman who appreciates the dramatic effect of understatement, (detail), 2020

Kate Meakin
For the woman who appreciates the dramatic effect of understatement, (detail), 2020

Kate Meakin
For the woman who appreciates the dramatic effect of understatement, (detail), 2020

Daffy Scanlan
EVP, 2019
Coloured pencil and white out on canvas

Victoria Todorov
Title not known, 2019
Ink, wooden frame, tongue piercing barbells, glue

Travis MacDonald
Shadazz, 2020
Oil and wax on polyester

Travis MacDonald appears courtesy of Niagara Galleries.

Documentation courtesy of Michelle Jarni & Jordan Halsall.