2018 ARTSPACE ONE YEAR STUDIO ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the seven 2018 Artspace One Year Studio Artists: 
Eugene Choi
Cybele Cox
Heath Franco
Matthew Griffin
David Griggs
Elizabeth Pulie
Snack Syndicate

 

The Artspace One Year Studio program is supported by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW, and UNSW Art & Design.

 

All images courtesy the artists

All images courtesy the artists

About the artists

Artspace is pleased to announce the seven 2018 One Year Studio Artists: Eugene Choi, Cybele Cox, Heath Franco, Matthew Griffin, David Griggs, Elizabeth Pulie and 
Snack Syndicate

 

This is the fourth year that Artspace has offered its studios Free for Artists, a landmark initiative that will support seventy Australian artists over ten years. The practitioners selected represent a cross-section of contemporary Australian art practice, spanning generations and disciplines.

 

Next year’s artists range from senior practitioners with established international practices to emerging artists working in local and national contexts. In 2018, the Artspace studios will be a platform for the development of major projects and co-commissions for domestic and international exhibitions. 

 


EUGENE CHOI

Born 1961, Sydney
Lives Sydney

 

Eugene Choi is a performance-based artist whose practice has evolved around the physicality of constructing internal and external structures working across sculpture, performance, installation, video and text.

 

CYBELE COX

Lives Avalon, Sydney

 

Cybele Cox’s practise explores ancient feminine symbols and occult mysticism, which is part of a larger enquiry into representations of women in the western art canon. Using hand built ceramic totems and figures, painting, drawing and more recently costume, Cox seeks to re-invoke occult practices of an imagined ancestral lineage. She makes the proposition that magic and ritual have been dismissed by the secular nature of Western society, which overlooks the importance of the spiritual realm and altered mental

states. Making figurative sculpture is a means of entry into a mystical realm, which embodies hybridity of human-body-animal, fusing symbols from the mythic world with fantasies for a new feminist order. Her work proposes a return to occult knowledge, as a re-flowering of the spiritual.

 

HEATH FRANCO

Born 1984, Cooma, NSW
Lives Paramatta, Sydney

 

Heath Franco’s practice largely takes the form of video, although his process of production and exhibition is also concerned with photography, performance, costume, sound, digital media and installation. His works in turn attract and repulse through a mix of curious aesthetic, catchy jingles and absurd, at times grotesque, performances.

 

MATTHEW GRIFFIN

Born 1976, Sydney
Lives Elizabeths Bay, Sydney

 

Matthew Griffin engages a wide range of media including sculpture, photography, video, installation and collage. Recurring themes in his works include: the body as an object in relation to other objects; the makeshift and impermanent as sculptural qualities; and the contemporary ubiquity of cameras and the resulting difficulty of producing meaningful images in the post-internet age.

 

DAVID GRIGGS

Born 1975, Sydney
Lives Thornleigh, Sydney

 

Famous for his bold, anarchistic approach, David Griggs’s unique blend of portraiture, political imagery and vernacular motifs explore the darker side of the human condition. Griggs has exhibited extensively throughout Australia and Southeast Asia, most recently a major survey exhibition at Campbelltown Arts Centre that will tour nationally throughout 2018/19

 

ELIZABETH PULIE

Born 1968, Sydney
Lives Chippendale, Sydney

 

Elizabeth Pulie’s practice is a response to her research into contemporary art’s ontology and a sense of the feminine as a potentially critical concern. Her work encompasses material forms such as painting, weaving, political banners, collage and embroidery.

  

SNACK SYNDICATE

Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks
Formed in 2014
 

Snack Syndicate (Astrid Lorange and Andrew Brooks) is a critical art collective that produces installations, video and sound work, texts and talks. Their work explores the complex ways that bodies are regulated, mediated and disciplined in contemporary life – and about the complex ways that bodies can be understood and inhabited differently.