9 – 23 May, 2015
TOTAL CONTROL is the culmination of inaugural studio resident HANNAH SMITH’s time in spent in the MEZZANINE STUDIO. Utilising basic and previously owned lo-fi musical equipment that have been sourced through local classifieds, Total Control undergoes a series of arrangements which sees objects pulled apart, rendered useless or disproportionate. Through this arrangement process, Total Control probes; how do these objects perform in a space? Do they quietly transform, arranging themselves? How these objects are arranged plays on expectation and FOMO (fear of missing out) and bypasses ‘performing’ creating an anti climax of physical remnants and modified percussion equipment which is alternatively amplified by lifelessness. Total Control aims to reflect upon the awkward relationships of sentimentality within the intrinsic value of ownership and music materiality.
HANNAH makes work that stems from drawing. She creates installations, video, performance and sculptures that don’t care too much for formalism. Using punk as an analogy in her practice, her work investigates DIY ethics and performative methods through direct and immediate actions.
HANNAH completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Queensland College of Arts in 2009, and completed the Master of Contemporary Art program at VCA in 2013. She has been shortlisted for the The 2013 Substation Contemporary Art Prize, (The Substation, Newport), and The 2013 Luminescence Art Award, (Hotel Windsor). Recent exhibitions include Slightly Odway (BUS Projects) Transpondence, (Good Times Studios) and DUDPROJECT #1.1: Failure Works, (Dud Space). In her current work, Hannah has been examining awkward relationships of sentimentality within the intrinsic value of ownership and music materiality.