LAST news: February 2019

LAST news: Collective activity, February 2019

Katie Lee’s PhD exhibition at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne

We’re very proud of LAST artist, Katie Lee, and congratulate her on her upcoming PhD exhibition:

No Single Thing
From 26 February to 1 March 2019
Opening Tuesday 26 February 5.30 – 7.30 pm

Margaret Lawrence Gallery
Victorian College of the Arts
40 Dodds Street
Southbank VIC 3006

Activated sculptural elements, kinetic stop/starts and an attempt to create perpetual motion: No Single Thing is a solo exhibition of work produced during Katie Lee’s PhD candidature. In this body of work, Lee proposes a range of ways to draw attention to change and temporality within spatial and sculptural work, whilst remaining inside the white cube gallery.

This exhibition contributes to Lee’s PhD research, which has emerged from the intersection between two ongoing preoccupations: how to exhibit spatiotemporal⁠ art practices in such a way that the artwork remains ‘active’ as opposed to ‘static’ or ‘on display’; and an engagement with the fact that reductive thinking about things in the world – from complex and interrelated to simplified and separated-out – is part of the human condition. Lee asks the question: ‘How might ‘active’ art practices challenge such reductive thinking by altering perception and habitual modes of thought?’

LAST welcomes a new artist to the collective: Beth Arnold

We’re thrilled to welcome artist Beth Arnold to the LAST Collective. Beth’s work was a wonderful addition to our exhibition, Light, in 2017. Her evocative sculptural practice responds to site and context, exploring the complexities of intimacy, temporality and narratives within space. For more information visit

Current and upcoming LAST artists’ exhibitions:
Perceiving the matter of time in recent painting and photography 
13 – 30 March 2019
Five Walls Gallery
Level 1, 119 Hopkins St, 
Footscray VIC 3011 Paul Boston, Christoph Dahlhausen, Emidio Puglielli, Hanna Tai, Andrew Tetzlaff, David Thomas, Patricia Todarello, Louise Weaver. Curated by Patricia Todarello and David Thomas.

Temporal Proximities
Friday 1 – Sunday 3 March, 6.00 – 9.00 pm

North and South Magdalen Laundries 
Abbotsford Convent
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Temporal Proximities features work by contemporary Australian artists who reflect on notions of agency, displacement and time. The exhibition highlights interdisciplinary and process-based practices by foregrounding artists who work across moving image, performance, sculpture, installation and photography.

Engaging with the extraordinary volume and patina of this unique heritage venue, the artists have been invited to participate in a creative development process that has resulted in an exhibition combining new site-specific commissions and existing works.
The artworks explore concepts such as transformation, erasure, suspension and drift. Some loop or reconfigure throughout the run of the show, while others involve live performative elements that may be intermittent or durational. Something will always be happening, but not everything will be happening all at once. A loose schedule of cycles, sequences and trigger points follows the natural fall of light across twilight.

Curated by Kelli Alred, the exhibition showcases works by Angelica Mesiti, Bridie Lunney, Clare Rae, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Helen Grogan, Jill Orr, Katie Lee and S.J. Norman.
Please join us for the launch, hosted by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation on Friday 1 March and/or closing drinks on Sunday 3 March. A cash bar will be open from 6.00 – 10.00 pm on Friday, and from 6.00 – 9.00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Temporal Proximities is the inaugural project of the Convent’s Magdalen Laundries Program. Built in the 1880s, the Convent’s heritage-listed Magdalen Laundries are thought to be amongst the few surviving and relatively intact examples of their type anywhere in the world. This is an exclusive opportunity to experience the first exhibition to span both North and South Laundries, following the first stage of conservation and restoration works, which are due to be completed in June.

AIR18 at the Australian Tapestry Workshop 

Melanie Irwin currently has new textile works in the Australian Tapestry Workshop’s AIR18 group show. The exhibition features the works of 13 local and international artists who participated in the ATW’s artist-in-residence program during 2018. 

7 February – 3 May 2019 

Australian Tapestry Workshop
262–266 Park Street 
South Melbourne VIC 3205

Tuesday–Friday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.

In Her Words

Saturday 2 March – Sunday 19 May 2019

Horsham Regional Arts Gallery
80 Wilson Street 
Horsham VIC 3400

Bringing together historical works from the Horsham Regional Art Gallery’s collection with key figures in contemporary Australian photographic practice, the exhibition explores migration, queer culture, aboriginality, youth and childhood, the body, domesticity, place, identity and female repressions and expression. Through these images the photographers make bold statements about the societies in which they live and work.

Curated by Olivia Poloni with works by over 20 artists including Anne Ferran, Cherine Fahd, Clare Rae, Hoda Afshar, Honey Long, Julie Rrap, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Kirsten Lyttle, Polixeni Papapetrou and Prue Stent, among others.

Images credits top to bottom:
1. Katie Lee, No Single Thing, Image credit (video): Tim Mummery. 
2. Beth Arnold, Plane and Field, fourteen units of glass installed in overhead frame, eleven umbrellas, performance and publication (edition 50), 2016. Image credit: Christo Crocker. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
3. Jill Orr, Creative development, documentation, Magdalen Laundries, Abbotsford Convent, 2019. Photo: Anne Moffat.
4. Melanie Irwin, Abdominal envelope. The centre cannot hold. Ex ovo omnia. Circumscription of an ineffable entity. Emoji oddball. That impossibly great sphere whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. Nought. One’s circumstances, one’s surroundings. Vicious cycle, vicious circle. Cut from Protrusion. Cross-section of a sphere. Like a patient etherized upon a table. Containter. The zygote and the blastula in the zona pellucida. Belly. Gyre. String of pearls. Millions of tiny little pieces which are so small that you can’t see them, and these little pieces are shot out into the sky by electricity. Violet muslin. Inner circle. The prophesies of Circe. Blood–brain barrier. Capsule. Nuclear envelope. The centre can only hold, 2019, Hand-embroidered textiles, Each panel 19 × 19 cm. Photo: Jeremy Weihrauch. 



The Second LAST Exhibition, December 2017, Artery Co-op Project Space, Melbourne

‘Light’ included founding LAST members, Melanie Irwin, Katie Lee, Clare Rae and Hanna Tai, as well as invited guest artists, Beth Arnold, Taree Mckenzie and Lizzy Sampson. The exhibition featured sculpture, installation, photography, video and simple performative actions, which occurred intermittently during the two-day show.

LIGHT exhibition opening

LIGHT exhibition opening, 9 December 2017, 3–5pm

You are warmly invited to LIGHT, the second LAST Collective exhibition, featuring works by founding members Melanie Irwin, Katie Lee, Clare Rae and Hanna Tai, with guest artists Beth Arnold, Taree Mackenzie and Lizzy Sampson.

Location: Artery Co-op Project Space,
107 Helen St, Northcote, VIC

Opening: Saturday 9 December, 3–5pm
Exhibition times: Saturday 9 December 3–5pm, Sunday 10 December, 10am–4pm

The second iteration of our boxed set of LAST limited-edition artworks will be available, including new work by each of the LAST artists.

Image: Hanna Tai, detail from the series ‘No world, no horizon’ (2017), archival pigment print.



LAST news Nov 2017

LAST Artists’ Projects

Katie Lee’s exhibition, Tool Things, opens at Daine Singer on 6 December and runs till 22 December.
Daine Singer,
325 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Lee is also currently artist in residence at the Bundanon Trust, Illaroo, NSW, till November 30
Image: Katie Lee, Untitled (Tool Things), 2017, 
brick, bronze, ceramic, fabric, steel, dimensions variable. Photo: Clare Rae.

Hanna Tai is part of Framing Nature at McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, opening on 26 November 2017 and running till 18 March 2018.
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery
390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin
In July 2017, Tai participated in a residency at Satellietgroep DCR Gueststudios, The Hague, where she developed a series of video and sound works exploring the metaphorical linkages between The Hague’s coastline and climate change. 
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Image: Hanna Tai, Invisible Substance at The Hague, 2017, performance documentation.

Melanie Irwin has initiated an ambitious new project that will explore the possibilities of amassing the habitable bubbles of her previous works to create ‘foam’ in a series of large-scale tableaux. The work will draw on ideas from physics and maths, feminism, and the philosophy of Peter Sloterdijk, and will incorporate sculpture, installation, performance and a series of large-scale editioned photographic prints, to be exhibited in 2019.
Image: Melanie Irwin, Studio Sketch (Foam), 2017, modified metal objects, textiles, found objects, dimensions variable. Photo: Christian Capurro. 

Clare Rae is a finalist in the William & Winifred Bowness Prize, showing till 26th November at the Monash Gallery of Art.
Monash Gallery of Art
860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, VIC
Rae is also showing new work in Unfinished Business: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 15 December 2017–25 March 2018. 
111 Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC 
Image: Clare Rae, Les Blanche Banques, 2017, silver gelatin print, 76 x 101cm.