Game Plan is the first in a triennial exhibition series leading up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Local artist and academic Chris Bennie is the inaugural curator for the Game Plan series, bringing together four emerging Queensland artists at The Walls. Chris lives and works in Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast and is an accomplished artist and a member of The Walls board. Chris’ work has been included in significant group exhibitions nationally and internationally and he has held numerous solo exhibitions around Australia. Having developed the Moreton Street Spare Room (MSSR), a Brisbane-based Artist Run Initiative in New Farm in 2006, and lecturing in fine art at Queensland College of Art, Chris is adept at presenting exhibitions and working with emerging Queensland artists.
The artworks in Game Plan share a minimal aesthetic. While this at first appears to be a unifying factor, each work has, what I consider, a quality of repulsion. By that I mean they veer towards a material or aesthetic confrontation with the viewer. It seems that the lack of subject matter, in a perceptual sense (i.e. an image of something) is overshadowed by material and spatial qualities that are palpable and evocative. In my opinion being confronted in this way is both disconcerting and appealing. It’s disconcerting in the sense there is no immediate or apparent meaning to be garnered from an engagement with the work, yet it seems appealing in an osmotic way – a sense the work is washing over me.
Artists: Kristian Fracchia, Tess Mehonoshen and Matthew Sneesby (alumni of QCA) and Peter Kozak (currently completing his honours at QCA).