What a Flop

Hailey Atkins and Aishla Manning
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
March
   
16
 -  
March
   
27
Using humour and critical methods of play, the artists seek to contribute to more positive (or at least non-pejorative) representations and understandings of the ‘failures’ of day to day life.

INFORMATION

Bio 

Aishla Manning graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2015 and is the co-founder of The Laundry Artspace ARI in Brisbane. Aishla is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly with video and assembled objects to explore the tensions, absurdity and humour of the everyday. She has exhibited extensively in Queensland, including at The Institute of Modern Art’s Green Screen (2016), as well as interstate at Bus Projects (Melbourne, 2016). She has two upcoming exhibitions at CLUTCH and Kuntsbunker ARIs in Brisbane in 2017 Hailey Atkins graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours (Class I) in 2016 and is currently based in Brisbane. Hailey situates her sculptural practice at the intersection of humour and ambivalence, and explores how this particular aesthetic experience can be utilised to meaningfully disrupt the negativity surrounding things like failure, anxiety, inadequacy, vulnerability, etc. She has exhibited widely in Queensland, as well as participating in an interstate residency and exhibition at Visual Bulk (Hobart, 2017) and internationally at Das Spectrum in the Netherlands (Utrecht, 2015). Hailey has a forthcoming exhibition at Metro Arts in Brisbane as part of the Cut Thumb Laundry ‘ARI in residence’ program.

Exhibition statement 

‘What a flop’ is an exploration of the ways play and humour can disrupt our experience of the everyday, featuring the work of Brisbane based artists Hailey Atkins and Aishla Manning. Each of their practices use sculpture or performative objects to investigate ways in which failure and vulnerability can be used as ways to resist mundane and sometimes absurd social conventions. Using humour and critical methods of play, the artists seek to contribute to more positive (or at least non-pejorative) representations and understandings of the ‘failures’ of day to day life. While their exploration is independent, it is certainly interrelated - touching on themes of inadequacy, failure (to meet social expectations), vulnerability and the general awkwardness of navigating social landscapes. Both artists employ a certain pathetic and awkward aesthetic that contributes to the humour that ultimately subverts the negativity surrounding these ideas. 

Bio 

Aishla Manning graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) in 2015 and is the co-founder of The Laundry Artspace ARI in Brisbane. Aishla is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly with video and assembled objects to explore the tensions, absurdity and humour of the everyday. She has exhibited extensively in Queensland, including at The Institute of Modern Art’s Green Screen (2016), as well as interstate at Bus Projects (Melbourne, 2016). She has two upcoming exhibitions at CLUTCH and Kuntsbunker ARIs in Brisbane in 2017 Hailey Atkins graduated from the Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours (Class I) in 2016 and is currently based in Brisbane. Hailey situates her sculptural practice at the intersection of humour and ambivalence, and explores how this particular aesthetic experience can be utilised to meaningfully disrupt the negativity surrounding things like failure, anxiety, inadequacy, vulnerability, etc. She has exhibited widely in Queensland, as well as participating in an interstate residency and exhibition at Visual Bulk (Hobart, 2017) and internationally at Das Spectrum in the Netherlands (Utrecht, 2015). Hailey has a forthcoming exhibition at Metro Arts in Brisbane as part of the Cut Thumb Laundry ‘ARI in residence’ program.

Exhibition statement 

‘What a flop’ is an exploration of the ways play and humour can disrupt our experience of the everyday, featuring the work of Brisbane based artists Hailey Atkins and Aishla Manning. Each of their practices use sculpture or performative objects to investigate ways in which failure and vulnerability can be used as ways to resist mundane and sometimes absurd social conventions. Using humour and critical methods of play, the artists seek to contribute to more positive (or at least non-pejorative) representations and understandings of the ‘failures’ of day to day life. While their exploration is independent, it is certainly interrelated - touching on themes of inadequacy, failure (to meet social expectations), vulnerability and the general awkwardness of navigating social landscapes. Both artists employ a certain pathetic and awkward aesthetic that contributes to the humour that ultimately subverts the negativity surrounding these ideas. 

FEATURED  WORKS

Aishla Manning, Wobble, 2015, digital video still

Hailey Atkins, (from left to right) Losing my cool, Twins 1988 (Sometime I feel like Julius AND Vincent), Inner Loop, 2016, wire batting, muslin, hessian, plaster, acrylic, welded metal

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