Title –

PERFECTION: Human Action as Performance, as Human Behavior

Project Description –

Presenting the divergent nature of performance within the work of six emerging Brisbane artists, PERFECTION locates performance as an irregular junction between artists, mediums and art forms. Whether existing as a prominent concern, or as a concealed process, to each artist performance becomes a method at hand in negotiating the world.

Artists –

Joseph Breikers

Channon Goodwin

Anita Holtsclaw

Daniel McKewen

Marianne Templeton

Tim Woodward


The rationale behind PERFECTION is to present the divergent nature of performance within the work of six emerging Brisbane artists. With the intention of expanding upon an understanding of performance art in contemporary art discourse, this group show will focus on how local artists understand the role of performance to their work in relation to historic approaches and presumptive roles. This exhibition will attend to the performative quality present within a range of works and mediums that are perhaps less readily understood as performance art.

While historically the presence of performance in art has been associated with expressivity and an assertion of the body, there is much contemporary work that includes performance but doesn’t forground these qualities at all. The 6 artist within PERFECTION will each qualify the importance of the performative within their art practices. With some artists not previously considering their work in this manner, PERFECTION will question how the nature of performance has changed, nolonger limited to a polarity between a performer, and an audience. In some part this is due to the nature of the audience having fundamentally changed. The television audience can now also be a performer. The Youtube audience, also a performer. In a landscape where there is always interplay, performance can’t be understood as the observed event.

As a group, the artists within PERFECTION are also looking to ‘stage a show’ whereby entertainment isn’t perceived necessarily as trivial or negative. The word entertainment is seemingly understood to have something to do with received ideas of other negatives, such as decoration or sentimentality. As though threatening to render us all into a state of passive social obedience, entertainment is still often encouraged to be perceived as separate to the art work. Through group exhibition we hope to continue developing an understanding of the relationship between our individual art practices and the mass performance of popular entertainment media.

The word PERFECTION is always accepted skeptically. When used as a descriptive, it is met instantly with raised eyebrows and dubious tones. In many instances the word PERFECTION will simply implicate imperfection, and in the least it will draw a highly questionable line between the two.

Used as the title of an exhibition focusing on human behaviour, PERFECTION is expectedly hard to swallow. Acting partially as a provocation, the intention of this title is to suggest a reshifting of attention onto activities and behaviours less likely to be spot lit as valuable, important, stage worthy.

Human action is so rarely free from being performed to some extent. As social beings we continually readjust our manner, our character, and in so doing perform our actions onto the world. Not particularly interested in a state of perfection at all, the artists in this show are more interested in how this improbable title might highlight the complexities and obscurities of a performed life.

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