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* Suzie Blake - Blood Mountain & Cocktail S01E03 *
SUZIE BLAKE - s01e03 Includes a complimentary artist-curated cocktail on arrival. Grau Projekt is thrilled to announce the upcoming show S01E03 BLOOD MOUNTAIN of the emerging artist Suzie Blake. Vernissage is a ticketed event with limited spots, each ticket is granting entry and an artisanal cocktail on arrival, created especially for the show to enhance its mood as a part of ARTIST-CURATED DRINKING PROGRAMM. Her projects 'What Does Breastfeeding Look Like?' (2015) and 'The Wall of Shamed' (2017) have received extensive publicity and praise from international media, such as THE HUFFINGTON POST, The Telegraph and Marie Claire. Her new work, 'Blood Mountain' (2019) is a sculptural installation featuring a 3-meter-high mound of red clothing and apparel. Upon closer inspection t-shirts with feminist slogans like 'Girl Power' and 'The Future is Female' can be seen poking through the debris. Fashion items once hung in pristine department stores next to posters of seductive young models, now used, old, dead. Uncannily, this imposing red mass is being exhibited in a former garment factory warehouse, now Grau Projekt. Suzie speaks of the upcoming show, "Mountain, the archetype of ascent and power ' the bridge between heaven and earth is reimagined in the form of greed and waste. My work asks, what is the environmental cost of bloated man-made structures? And what is the role of feminism within such structures? Also, whose empowerment does the current iteration of the feminist movement serve? One cannot ignore the inherent irony in Western women proclaiming their feminist or pro-women stance via an item of clothing made by one of the 85% female garment manufacturers living in dire circumstances in the developing world". Analogous to the installation is a series of print works, revealing Blake's continued exploration of the female body and its relationship with the earth. These ethereal, mystical, yet simultaneously foreboding photomontages have been developed using both analogue and digital techniques, combining scans, and 35mm film, double exposure and solarizing. Using slide film, Blake photographed the landscapes around Australia in 2002 and has combined these with images of the female body scanned from a book on early erotic photography. Some of the works also feature layers of blood, ink, leaves and dried flowers. Suzie muses, "My art reveals the continual fascination I have with the female body. Through my practice, I explore the disruptive force of female life as it jostles with the man-made. Camille Paglia says, 'society is an artificial construction, a defence against nature's power'. It is this power that interests me". Level 1, 2-12 Alexandra Parade, Clifton Hill VIC 3068 LOCATION Grau Projekt, Level 1, 2-12 Alexandra Parade, Clifton Hill, 3068
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