The small hole in the door revealing a gold-covered plinth inside
From the beginning of Tace Kelly’s exhibition SERVICE,5 the audience was given a clue as to what was to come. Having sealed off the normally automatic entrance way, the third-year Monash sculpture artist enabled the viewer to peer through a small hole in the painted door, revealing something – we were not quite sure what yet – glimmering in gold shining light. After being guided to the back entrance passage, attention was drawn to a small, normally unnoticed hole in the bricks, covered in shimmering paint. The subtlety of the exhibition’s exterior only further contributed to a great sense of curiosity as to what lay inside. Why the gold, the mystery?
Listening to the sounds of the basilica
Upon entrance down a dark passageway into the main exhibition room of the Runt gallery, the viewer was greeted by an unexpected surprise: pigmented oil, tainted with gold, slowly dripping bit by bit onto a painted cardboard plinth. As more and more pigmented oil was released, the plinth slowly gave way, the temporary nature of the artwork something which Tace expected and embraced.
Unfortunately on the first night of the exhibition the church-like gravity of the overall experience was somewhat muffled by the large amount of people inside Runt for the opening. Although haunting when empty, it was difficult to hear the soundtrack with such a large amount of people talking inside the room. However, it was evident throughout the audience was intrigued by the concept: alchemy happening before their very eyes.
Later, when the room emptied, the eerie sounds of mass in the basilica of San Marco haunted and echoed through Runt Space: a feast of both sight and sound.
Commencing this Tuesday, artist and third-year sculpture student Tace Kelly is presenting works inspired by her recent stay at the Monash Prato campus. Continuing the explorations begun on her trip to Italy, SERVICE, 5 is an installation that artfully combines sound and sculpture. Using recycled cardboard, wax, photography, text, and an amalgam of honey and pigment to create flowing liquid-gold, this exhibition reflects Tace's thoughts on going to Catholic mass for the first time in St. Mark's Basilica, Venice.
Referencing both a specific sense of place and personal experience, SERVICE, 5 focuses in on two particular elements that fascinated Tace in St. Mark's - gold, and the haunting sounds of Italian mass that echo throughout the chambers of the magnificent basilica.
The Runt/Link Space team are back and ready to go for a new year of exhibitions, openings and fun! We are already looking for new exhibitors, beginning Tuesday of week 3, Semester 1. Exhibiting your work at Runt Space or the Link wall is a great way to extend and promote your art practice and to try out exhibiting your work in a gallery. Not to mention Tuesday night openings are a fun way of getting to know other students in your class and the wider university, and to proudly enjoy your work on show! PROPOSALS FOR SEMESTER 1 ARE DUE THIS THURSDAY 14th MARCH Proposal forms can be found in the 2nd and 3rd year studios, or from any of the 3rd year RUNT team below. Please hand your forms into the Fine Arts office, opposite the lunchroom on the 2nd floor, or to any of the Runt team. Email any concerns or queries to - firstname.lastname@example.org THE NEW RUNT TEAM 2013 As a little introduction to the new faces of Runt, the new team is as follows- Tace Kelly is our new lovely chairperson. Please ask her if you need any assistance or have queries about a prospective exhibition! Moz Lucas will be helping with filing and sorting applications
Tim Buckovic is going to be assisting with all OH&S concerns Madeleine Thornton-Smith is helping to run the new Runt/Link blog, with interviews, artist information and photographs of upcoming openings and exhibitions Maya Chakraborty and Jacqui Gordon will be documenting all the latest openings through photography on the Runt/Link blog Isabella Kottekwill be promoting Runt and Link through social media, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Candice McGawwill be your go-to contact person, contactable via our Runt and Link email James Taylor will be helping to keep you in the know about our latest shows, through advertising and promotion First Year representatives: Kabir and Charlotte Second Year representatives:Kon and Dominique
TO CELEBRATE THE NEW RUNT YEAR WE WILL BE ENJOYING DRINKS AND NIBBLES AT THE RUNT SPACE THIS TUESDAY, 12th MARCH, AROUND 5pm. Please come on down to meet the new team, check out the space and enjoy some fine food and music! More details to come!