Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney University
Opening Thursday 14th of February – 4th March 2013
Pareidolia – noun.
The imagined perception of a pattern or meaning where it does not actually exist, as in considering the moon to have human features.
In this exhibition Sydney based artists Emily Hunt, Vicki Papageorgopoulos, and Matthew P. Hopkins present a collaborative installation where the phenomenon of pareidolia is explored through a range of lowly, absurdist, mesmerising forms. Working with painting, kinetic sculpture, photography, video and sound, the trio present a world where significant meaning and arcane knowledge is forcefully injected into a host of $2 shop trinkets, bad body puppetry, and a range of found/fine interspecific hybrids.
As a psychological phenomenon, pareidolia transfers randomness into something we want to see, and largely associated with divine and religious imagery, pareidolia is often a result of what we want to believe. This human desire to read something meaningful into inanimate objects is challenged by the artists through a caricatural, comically grotesque compulsion to put a face on everything. This manic rendering of low grade materials into hoards of misfits and cretins, transforms the seemingly celestial nature of pareidolia into a more of a deranged limbo. In this ugly transitional state anything and everything can be invested with personality through simple and crude means, and this approach aims to question the power of objects and the illusion of contemporary art practice through a fantastic, debased uncertainty.
Two Dollar Pareidolia is the recipient of the 2013 Tin Sheds Innovate/Curate Grant.
Born in 1978, Hopkins lives and works in Sydney and has been exhibiting locally and internationally since 2003. In 2008 he was a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Artist Scholarship and had a studio residence at Artspace. The exhibition Bated Breath in Nov/Dec 2012 will mark Hopkins’ fourth solo show at Gallery 9.
Concurrent to his visual art practice, Hopkins is active amongst a number of music and sound projects, releasing music and performing throughout Australia, North America and Europe since 2005. In 2011 he performed at the New Museum, New York, as part of the ‘Get Weird’ monthly sound series with the group NOTV. This event was held in conjunction with the exhibition George Condo: Mental States. Matthew Hopkins is represented by Gallery9, Sydney
Hunt completed her Master of Fine Arts (Print Media) at Sydney College of the Arts, the University of Sydney in 2011. Also in 2011 she undertook an Erasmus Exchange Scholarship and studied ceramics at Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst in Ghent, Belgium. Solo exhibitions include The Meister of New Holland, Ratskeller Litchenberg, Berlin (2009) and One Hundred Years War at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney (2007). Group exhibitions include Feminage – the logic of feminist collage curated by Jo Holder at Cross Art Projects, Sydney (2012), Underseeboot at the Phillip Geist Project Space, Berlin (2009), OBLIVION PAVILION curated by Amanda Rowell at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces Melbourne and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2008). Between 2006 and 2009, Hunt produced a collaborative satirical journal with fellow artist, Raquel Welch (Caballero) called DUKE Magazine. Emily Hunt is represented by The Commercial Gallery, Sydney
Papageorgopoulos completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts with Honours in 2001. She was then the gallery director of Wren gallery from 2001-2005. She was a Studio Residency Recipien at Fraser Street Studios in 2011. Recent groups shows include, HOT MOCK with Emma Ramsay, Gallery 55 Sydenham Rd, 2012, THE STICKERS with Jonothan Bailey-First Draft,Sydney, 2007 and Women in Piracy at Kudos Gallery,