– by Hayley Anschutz
With the upcoming foreclosure of Freerange Gallery in Perth CBD, the public will be at a loss. Freerange has been an incredible platform for artists over the years. With this in mind, their latest show won’t disappoint.
SUPPORT STRUCTURE brings together the collaborative efforts of Liam Colgan, Grace Herbert and Emma Schrader. In an interview with Colgan and Schrader, they discuss how they know each other, some inspiration behind the work, and what they hope to bring to the public.
Can you describe the works in exhibition for me?
Colgan: We are dealing with one main theme – built environments. My work carries on from previous investigation of the environment of bedroom spaces. This work in my bedroom is physically responding to bed linens and that has become a performative action.
Grace works with construction sites and intervenes in these sites. She goes into these spaces, rearranges objects and takes photographs.
Emma does subtle sculptural works, works with wax, plaster and wood – raw materials… It deals with bodily reactions to the objects she makes and how these objects make people move and guide them around the room. They’re very process-based.
I enjoy when people stop and slow down and focus on the work…
How did you meet?
Colgan: I knew both the artists prior to putting together the exhibition. I studied with Emma at Curtin University; we did our undergraduate and honours together. Grace was in Hatched last year, that’s the national graduate exhibition at PICA, and I was in the show with her so we met during her time in Perth.
How did you find inspiration for your work Emma?
Schrader: This happened in the studio. It’s serious play. It’s play that is concentrated and I give myself time to find inspiration… and let things happen that are unexpected in that way. It’s giving myself a lot of time in the studio and expecting to find inspiration that way.
What do you hope to bring to the public’s consciousness with your work?
Schrader: I enjoy when people stop and slow down and focus on the work… If the work can affect somebody’s body and I can see that in the way they slow down that’s memorable to me.
It’s hard to gauge people’s responses because even though you describe the artwork it’s hard to know what people will feel.
The artists would like to thank the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts for their support.
Photo credits: Grace Herbert, Emma Schrader