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Undercurrents QCA Graduates exhibition 2016

Undercurrents is the aptly titled graduate exhibition of QCA, Griffith University Studio Art and Photo Media undergraduate and Honours students.  The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines an undercurrent as “a flow of water that moves below the surface of the ocean or a river,” or “a hidden feeling or tendency that is usually different from the one that is easy to see or understand.” Conventional ways of understanding is habit forming, and therefore limited. Here is the work of seventeen of Australia’s newest emerging artists, and it is anything but conventional.

The aim of this exhibition is clear: to disrupt the conventional ways in which we experience the world in order to open up a more inclusive dialogue about the way the world is. Gilles Deleuze wrote in A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, “a concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.” The concepts here range from issues of identity, technological advancement, equity and the environment, but they are united by their criticality and by the way they all pull the audience towards re-examining the ways in which we see the world, and to affect change.

Featuring emerging artists: Alyson Baker, Jenna Baker, Adam Bradford, Raqchela Corbu-Miles, Lowana-Skye Davies, Alexandra Gonzalez-Mendoza, Jonathan James Grace, Amber Louise Middleton, Rachel Hardy, Olivia Ivy-May Heath, Samantha Manchee, Aliah Murillo, Emmy Peterson, Kingston Seinafo Feala and Lauren Young.

QCA Studio conveners: Dr Laini Burton and Dr Heather Faulkner


Public Programs

Exhibition Launch Event
Join us in welcoming the next generation of emerging creatives, in a showcase of talented graduating Studio Art and Photo Media students from the Queensland College of Art
Fri 28 Oct | 6pm-8pm | Free

Speed Date – Fast Talks from New Artists
Join us for some bubbles and see the freshest, hottest work from the newest batch of QCA Gold Coast graduates. Perfect if you want access to the latest art practitioners on the Coast.
Fri 11 Nov | 6pm-8pm | Free | Cash bar and light refreshments available

Gallery Tours – ‘How to’ Workshop
An informal workshop on how to lead guided gallery tours. This session is perfect for those who already have some knowledge about art histories and theories and want to know how to best share this with an audience.
Sat 5 Nov | 1pm-4pm | Free

Image Credits: Lauren Young, Janelle Mason(Madame Mason), Miss Rockabilly 2016 at Cooly Rocks On,  Digital Photography, Courtesy of the artist. Amber Louise Middleton, The Runner 2016, watercolour paper, cane frame, bedding fabric, thread, Courtesy of the artist. Samantha Manchee, Land legacy 2016, photography, Courtesy of the artist. Adam Bradford, Self Slaughter 2016, digital Photography, Courtesy of the artist.

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