Dancing With No Music is an exhibition from nine emerging Australian artists completing the second year of their Master of Fine Art at Sydney’s National Art School.
The diverse works in Dancing With No Music are anchored and inspired by a quote from German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
Through their varied painting practices, it explores the concept that in making art, individuals conjure up certain methods, inspired by their own ‘music’. Much like the artists’ varying perspectives, when creating their work the ‘dance’ is to their own music and not a collective rhythm.
The exhibition features subject matters spanning online identity, universal patterns, language, the body, gender, and trauma. Mediums and materials range from the unconventional (breast milk, hair, found objects and reflective surfaces), to the more traditional (painting, photography, and digital media).
Centred around painting practices, this collection includes conventional paintings plus more experimental approaches that are integrated into photography and mixed media. The lineup of artists features Jessica Callen, Emily Ebbs, Joseph Christie Evans, Daniel McClellan, Nina Radonja, Wolfgang Saker, Kansas Smeaton, Jack Thorn, and Elle Wickens.
Curated and presented by aMBUSH Gallery, Dancing With No Music highlights that no matter what drives an artistic outlook – be it science, nature, a philosophical struggle or religion – ultimately, the dance is the same primal movement we all perform together.
Opening night is Thursday, 26 May from 6-9pm at aMBUSH Sydney (4a James Street, Waterloo) and will feature drinks from Capital Brewing Co. and Lerida Estate, plus live music. The exhibition will continue daily from 12-5pm until Sunday, 29 May. All artworks are for sale.
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Jessica Callen, Emily Ebbs, Joseph Christie Evans, Daniel McClellan, Nina Radonja, Wolfgang Saker, Kansas Smeaton, Jack Thorn, and Elle Wickens