Friday, July 26, 2013

RUMPUS - 2016

Photo: Justin Batchelor

It’s 1989. George Bush is President of the U.S.A. Hundreds are killed in Tiananmen Square. The Cold War is ending. The Berlin wall is falling. At the bottom of the world a child is sent to detention. The child begins a series of messages, an SOS, to its future self. 

Twenty three years later the child's messages are found. RUMPUS is the long awaited reply.

RUMPUS is a contemporary performance by Ahmarnya Price. Through a combination of installation, animation, live storytelling, soundscape, lip syncing and bad dance moves audiences are taken on a wild but charismatic tour through the wormholes of time and space. Together, using the structure of the book 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak and gathering content from extracts of Ahmarnya's 1989/1990 diary, we examine parallels between the local school yard and the global political arena in order to begin asking how the experience of play turned violent can so easily be created and ultimately 'WHO is going to say STOP!'?  


In March 2016 RUMPUS debuted it's first season to sold out audiences at Footscray Community Arts Centre as part of The Festival Of Live Art (FOLA).



Following Photo's by Nicole Cleary
































VIEW RUMPUS ANIMATION:   https://vimeo.com/153184298


RUMPUS TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/146519956




Saturday, October 30, 2010

Exhibition - The World At Large 2010. Gilligan Grant Gallery



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January. The World At Large
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm



February. The Fear
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm

March. Beautiful Way
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm


April. Headache
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm


May. Trouble In Mind
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm

June. The Lady Don't Mind
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm

July. Grace Kelly Blues
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm


August. Bang On
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm



September. Save Me
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm



October. Asleep And Dreaming
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm


November. Come Into My Sleep
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm

December. Beginning To See The Light
mixed media on canvas
H 87cm x W 112cm



Essay By Aden Rolfe.Any two objects placed in an appropriate space develop a connection. They influence each other, talk amongst themselves, tell a story. ‘The World At Large’ explores the relationship between image and narrative, between the personal and the general, the real and the fictional. The twelve diptychs – corresponding to the twelve months of a year – depict a variety of characters and creatures alongside everyday objects and abstract elements. Taking their cues from world events, song lyrics and the artist’s life, the works are fragmentary and suggestive, leaving the viewer to unravel the oblique meanings that might be found there.

For ‘The World At Large’ Price has created a series of strange and humorous scenes that place the representational alongside the conceptual. Faces, animals and shapes are made strong and dark against flat beige backgrounds. Figures are out-of-proportion and in distorted perspectives. Each panel is rendered by pencil, oilstick, paint and collage, and is essentially a drawing on a canvas. The result is a fragmented world that seems to extend beyond the frame: a realm of select objects, a textured limbo. In the negative space the elements breathe. They develop relationships both tacit and overt, provoking questions and advancing the plot.

The energy in Price’s work is created by juxtaposition: from individual elements interacting within the frame; from each panel speaking to its pair; and from the works talking across the sequence. The eye is drawn around the canvas to follow the entangled hair of its subjects, the moth emerging from a character’s stomach, the apocalyptic gaze of a magpie. By the lines connecting various parts of a work a story starts to unfold, but it’s a story that’s neither fixed nor explained. Instead it expands as the images recur elsewhere, popping up in different works where they relate to different characters and different objects. The narrative is open-ended and conversational, part of an incomplete whole.

‘The World At Large’ playfully interprets the human condition, measuring the months while rendering chaos into tight images - making sense and non-sense from the flow of daily information. It reconfigures the public and the personal into a world at once meaningful and absurd, unreal and yet strikingly familiar. It’s a world that asks you to follow the lines and join the dots, to read your own story into the sequence. A world where meaning is made in collaboration with the viewer, and the interplay of narrative and image invites your interpretation to round out the tale.


Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Exhibition - Just Me and Yoko Ono 2008. Per Square Meter. Gallery.


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Just Me and Yoko Ono
(Self Portrait on John Lennons body
with Yoko Ono)

song:
New York City
John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band
with Elephants Memory
plus Invisible Strings

Siren and Henry
song:
Henry Lee
Nick Cave
with PJ Harvey

Siren and The Baby
song:
Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby
Emma Lou Harris, Alison Krauss
and Gillian Walsh




Siren and The Werewolf
song:
The Werewolf Song
Cat Power



Black Girl;
with Eartha Kit as Cat Woman

song:
I Want to Be Evil
Eartha Kit

Yellow Girl;
with Tokyo Joe as Bryan Ferry

song:
Tokyo Joe
Bryan Ferry

Brown Girl; with Mick Jagger
as English Breakfast Tea

song:
Brown Sugar
The Rollingstones

Pink Girl;
with Jean-Jacques Burnel
as Seagull

song:
Peaches
The Stranglers

Blue Boy
song:
Lonely Blue Boy
Conway Twitty




White Boy
song:
Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash

Green Boy
song:
EVIL (Is Going On)
Howlin' Wolf and Willie Dixon

Red Boy; with Kate Bush as Cathy
and
Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff song:
Wuthering Heights.
Kate Bush


The End
(Self Portrait with Yoko Ono as Siren)
song:
Here We Go.
Jon Brion

yoko pinada