A Sculpture of Site
An Object of Play
MTSA Residency Presentation
21-23 February 2020
Standpoint Gallery presented a collaborative presentation of new work by Catriona Robertson, Susie Olczak and Veronika Neukirch, created during a 6-week residency at Standpoint.
Robertson, Olczak and Neukirch created a testing ground to reflect on each other’s practices, in particular their approach to materials. The studio itself became a combination of workshop and playground, as a way of making and re-making. It stimulated a thinking process, to be instinctive and responsive, with acceptance, rejection and regurgitation drawing on the active processes and materials from Standpoint’s resident studios.
Robertson gathered waste materials from the resident studios: paper offcuts, shreds, print tests, newsprint, cardboard, old dry clay, residue from the ‘slop’ bucket, broken ceramic kiln shelves, food packaging, discarded sketches and post-it notes. Water bonds them together in a state of flux between liquid and solid. This detritus formed layers of synthetic sediments as an imprint of the space to become stone-like surfaces, marble, granite, sandstone and concrete. These temporal monuments perform, erode and regurgitate into new sculptures as they depart from the space.
Tapping in to the expertise of Standpoint’s resident artists, Olczak rekindled her engagement with ceramics and further investigated printmaking. The ceramic works sit somewhere between being built and collapsing. Olczak has experimented with different glazes, which melt and drip down surfaces. The prints explore layers, combining mono-printing with collage to piece together fragments of experience. Growing the Outside Inside combine print and ceramic processes to create structures which mimic plants seeping into urban space. The packaging continues an ongoing interest in adaptation, movement and repurposing.
The infinitely malleable medium of clay lent itself to form fixtures for Neukirch’s new work, which in turn gave room for characters to emerge (from the depths of cartoon logic). With the potential to be open and knotted, intrusive yet nondeterministic, tentacles echo the material’s malleability and represent putting one’s feelers out for a space. These elements comfortably sit between the decorative, cute and functional - propping, supporting and suspending an odd structure within an odd space. Through moulding and casting processes, as well as various presentation and costume changes, functional packaging design turns into otherworldly artworks, which casually negate hierarchies, shining light on the science fiction potential of unassuming everyday objects.