Ocular Lab at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery
Ocular Lab (2003-2010) was established as a site for experimental and alternative models of artistic representation and activity that encouraged the development of professional practice. 'The Lab' developed through discussions, relationships and professional activities, building on the histories of 'h' project (1997-1998) and Ocular Lab's past incarnation, Ocular Laboratory (2000 -2001), as well as numerous off-site projects and collaborations. However, it was principally through experimentation, discussion, participation and a strong notion of hosting-as-practice - manifested through regular dinner events as well as a strong element of artists' residencies at the Lab premises - that Ocular Lab created certain alternatives to mainstream opportunities.
This event will also mark the launch of Hostings: Ocular Lab Inc. 2003–2010, published by Surpllus.
My contribution to the exhibition utilised the stairwell as a site.
With William Seeto, Ocular Lab, Melbourne, 2008
Trinity Nine, Trinity College, University of Melbourne, 2007 (An Ocular Lab Project)
Damiano Bertoli, Sandra Bridie, Julie Davies, Raafat Ishak, Sean Loughrey, Sally Mannall, Alex Rizkalla, Tom Nicholson, John Abbate.
Two Triangles, 20 Windows (Possible Things Project 2). 2006, Ripstop Nylon Fluro orange, Installed within a section of windows on the inside façade of the Cowan Building, Trinity College, University of Melbourne. (Bottom Photograph by Christian Capurro)
The Gift, ICAN, Sydney, 2009
Damiano Bertoli, Sandra Bridie, Julie Davies, Raafat Ishak, Sean Loughrey, Sally Mannall, Louise Paramor, Alex Rizkalla, Bernhard Sachs, Chris Ulbrick.
"Fish bomb" was a work created for this group exhibition.