With You, Ghosts & Alter Ego

With You, Ghosts & Alter Ego

The Hold Artspace warmly invites you to the opening of three concurrent exhibitions on Saturday the 21st of March from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Underpinned by ideas of fragility and the self, With You brings together recent works by Greer Townshend. Using expressive mark making, absence and recurring motifs, Townshend’s charcoal works explore notions of the soul, personal history and their means of expression.

Peter Kozak’s Ghosts is a response to the murders of Sophie Collombet, Eunji Ban, Min Tae Kim and Meenatchi Narayanan – all foreign exchange students who were murdered in Brisbane between November 2013 and March 2014, and the continued efforts of Brisbane Universities to promote themselves to foreign students despite the killings. Taking place beneath a fire-damaged bridge in Toronto, Peter Kozak’s video performance uses gestures from striptease and bullfighting to subvert the function of a shirt that was designed to be used as a promotional tool. Divorced from their original context, these movements become haunting and sinister – combining seduction with the threat or suggestion of harm.

James Mullholland’s practice investigates the ‘nocturnal self’ that exists inside the young Brisbane male. Examining its formative relationship with crime scenes and ‘hooliganism’ that are culturally inseparable from the nightlife in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, Mullholland produces large, graphic, drawn, re-interpretations of this imagery on paper. The authenticity of the young male ‘deviant’ that frequents in news worthy ‘crime narratives’ is placed under scrutiny and separated from contemporary media driven myths. Ultimately, Alter Ego provides an outlet in which Mullholland explores his own ‘nocturnal self’ as well as those of his subjects.

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