Projects: Ira

In(di)visible

A VIDE0-SOUND INSTALLATION BY BEN FERRIS. CURATED BY IRA FERRIS FOR M2 GALLERY. SOUND DESIGN BY GEORGE-ALEX NAGLE.  (August 2017)

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in(di)visible questions our capacity to comprehend the present moment. What of it is (in)visible to us? And how will we talk about it in time?

in(di)visible was recorded in Paris during Ben Ferris’ 2017 Cité Internationale des Arts residency awarded by The Power Institute.

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ART TALK for in(di)visible is available on our soundcloud

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Time is never still

EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for M2 Gallery, Sydney.  
Artist: Reena Naidu. Medium: watercolour on traditional Fijian bark cloth. (August 2017)

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Eastern Thoughts

A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AND A BOOK LAUNCH CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for the Head on Photo Festival at Stirrup Gallery, Sydney. Artists: Vitor Queiroz and Marta Maia. Mediums: photography, sound art, text, experimental music. (May 2017)  

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What is the border of our perception? How wide is the frame? 

We travel in hope to learn about another culture but what we discover is a culture within our own body, the limits of our perception. 

Eastern Thoughts was a multisensory installation comprised of images, sounds and words that explored the limits of our perception and our capacity to engage with and understand the ‘Other’. The exhibition reflected on Laura Marks’ idea of the “cultural organization of perception” and her thesis that spectatorship “is an act of sensory translation of cultural knowledge”. What we see is what we are conditioned to see. The eye is attracted to that which it has learned to seek.

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ART TALK for Eastern Thoughts is available on our soundcloud

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Eastern Thoughts with trevor brown

EXHIBITION AND MUSIC PERFORMANCE CURATED BY IRA FERRIS FOR THE ALPHA HOUSE GALLERY, SYDNEY. ARTISTS: VITOR QUEIROZ, MARTA MAIA, TREVOR BROWN. (May 2017)  
 

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A few days after showing at the Stirrup Gallery, we took Eastern Thoughts to a new venue to explore the phenomenological function of the new / other space. To make it fresh we installed the images in radically different way and have collaborated with the renowned electronic musician, Travor Brown who played the set on the Opening Night.

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Eastern Thoughts book launch 

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Eastern Thoughts is a poetic, philosophical, and tender reflection on the phenomenon of travelling. Writer Marta Maia and photographer Vitor Queiroz traverse 1708 km through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand to bring us an inward contemplation on the feelings attached to journeying, the complexity (and complicity) of tourism, the meaning of home and belonging, our attachment to memory, and more. This book will be of interest to and a consolation for all those travelers at heart who constantly seek out for an embracing place, and are always a little bit homesick.

Click here to read Ira Ferris' full review of the book. 


Palingenesia

A GROUP EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for the Folonomo Gallery, Sydney. Artists: Marine Coutroutsios, Haruyo Morita, Ana Lia Washinton. Mediums: conceptual drawing and zin, photography, calligraphy. (January, 2017)

Palingenesis (from Greek palin, meaning again, and genesis, meaning birth) is a concept of rebirth or re-creation, used in various contexts in philosophy, theology, politics, and biology. It signifies the readiness to cast off the old and emerge into the new. 

It is through the discomfort of decay that we progress into the future. "That what is ordinarily imagined as disintegration is also, or instead, metamorphosis... Decay is a form of transformation... Part of the great rampage of becoming that is also unbecoming. It is cruel, it is death, and it is also life, degeneration and regeneration..." (Rebecca Solnit, Faraway Nearby, p79) 

The artists presented in this exhibition celebrate the beauty of (and in) decay as natural and essential to life. They celebrate degeneration as regeneration. 

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Folds

EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for Folonomo Gallery, Sydney. Artist: Joanna Williams. Medium: photography and folded paper. (November 2016)

Joanna Williams works across photography, installation, projection and print to explore her interest in architectural and city space, permanency and perspective. Consistently throughout her practice is a manifestation of the fold, a process based response and experimentation with Michel de Certeau’s processes of resistance, as well as an exploration of the limits that regulate our urban spaces and provoke alternate strategies for addressing the way city spaces are constructed, regulated and negotiated. 

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Currents

EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for Folonomo Gallery, Sydney. Artist: Sophie Bray. Medium: hyperrealist drawing. (October 2016) 

Sophie Bray’s hyperrealist drawings explore the physicality of water, wind and salient currents, which create the shifting tides and atmospheres over the tense and captivating point between land, sea and sky. Delicate, detailed and immersive they reflect upon the beauty and fragility of the natural environment.

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Early Morning Sydney

EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for Folonomo Gallery, Sydney. Artist: Tim Ritchie. Medium: photography. (September 2016). HELD AS A PART OF 2017 SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL.  

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From light-tripping abstracts to brutal architectural angles, acute observations to stunning panoramas, Tim Ritchie’s photographs of early morning Sydney have become an unmissable feature of the daily social-media feeds for thousands of locals. 

In his first solo exhibition, former Radio National Music Director and one of the original 1980s Double J crew, Ritchie presents a collection of signed, one-off original prints displaying the breadth of his styles.

Media coverage here

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To coincide with Tim Ritchie’s exhibition at Folonomo Gallery, we brought celebrated Australian photographer Peter Elfes in conversation with Tim Ritchie to discuss the art of photography and its technique. The conversation was a great opportunity for photographers, whether budding or established, to meet Peter and Tim and ask questions or get advice.

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Patterns & Shapes

A GROUP EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for Folonomo Gallery, Sydney. Artists: Kate Banazi, Millie Bartlett, Toby Fitch, Suzie Idiens. Mediums: perspex, analogue collages, pattern poetry, minimalist wall sculptures. (July 2016).  

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Gunjan Aylawadi & Kevina-Jo Smith

A GROUP EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for Folonomo Gallery, Sydney. Artists: Gunjan Aylawadi and Kevina-Jo Smith. Mediums: paper tapestry and upcycled fibre installations. (June 2016).  

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Softly 

EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for Folonomo Gallery, Sydney. Artist: Camile Softley. Mediums: hyper-real charcoal drawings and etchings. (May 2016).  

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Outskirts

EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for ZGallery, Sydney. Artist: Vitor Queiroz. Medium: photography. (April 2016).  

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Featured here were the images taken during Vitor Queiroz’s stay in Anlung Pi, a small village in north Cambodia. A collection of black & white photographs provided a unique insight into the daily rituals of local villagers and their place within the surrounding environment, which is at once idyllic and untouched by human hand but also increasingly industrialised and contaminated. The exhibition was held as a fundraiser for Volunteer Development Children's Association (V.D.C.A.) - a grassroots organisation that provides free education to the underprivileged children of Anlung Pi village.

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Penelope 16 x 9

EXHIBITION CURATED BY IRA FERRIS for Global Gallery, Sydney. Artist: Ben Ferris, James Barahanos, Jennie Tate. Mediums: photography and costumes. (November 2008).  

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In celebration of the world premiere of Croatian-Australian feature film Penelope, I have curated exhibition Penelope 16 x 9, featuring 24 photographic images from the film presented alongside the film’s stunning costumes designed by leading Australian production designer Jennie Tate. The Opening Night included the live performance by French artist Gaelle Degallaix on the theme of James Joyce’s Molly Bloom, a character that influenced Ben Ferris’ take on Penelope.