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Ever Fresh
© Adham Faramawy Vichy Shower [video still], 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney.

Ever Fresh

Tully Arnot » Kristin Cammermeyer » Adham Faramawy » Emily Parsons-Lord » Marilyn Schneider » Kawita Vatanajyankur »

Exhibition: – 14 May 2016

Wed 16 Mar 15:00 - 17:00

Stills Gallery

36 Gosbell Street . Paddington
NSW 2021 Sydney

+61 2-93317775


www.stillsgallery.com.au

Wed-Sat 11-17

Ever Fresh
© Kristin Cammermeyer Accumulation at 12th and Marion [video still], 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney.

Ever Fresh
April 16 – May 14, 2016
Tully Arnot (AU)
Kristin Cammermeyer (USA)
Adham Faramawy (UK)
Emily Parsons-Lord (AU)
Marilyn Schneider (AU)
Kawita Vatanajyankur (THAI)

Opening | Saturday 16 April 3-5pm
2.30pm Talks with artist Marilyn Schneider and curator Josephine Skinner
3-5pm Experience Future Air with Emily Parsons-Lord

‘Freshness’ has shifted from an organic state to an abstract, cultural sign. It’s become fluid and slippery: infusing feelings and atmosphere, products, architecture and design.

Ever Fresh reflects on this global currency of ‘freshness’ through installations, videos, objects and images. It will temporarily transform the gallery into a futuristic, commercial utopia—resembling those that surround us with plastic plants, sparkling surfaces and lively screens.

Such pop-up promotions, retail spaces and spas, set the scene for a new economy of self- and home- improvements, renovations and makeovers. They host the illusion of luxury, the allure of innovation and the promise of natural perfection. They promote all-year-round spring-cleaning and the excessive drinking of bottled water.

Ever Fresh
© Kawita Vatanajyankur The Scale 2 [video still], 2015. Image courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney.

Freshness, in this new sense, defies death and decay. It offers the intensity of nowness and optimism of newness through fresh breath, fresh ideas, fresh faces and fresh air.

As exciting, new contributors to the contemporary art world, the artists in Ever Fresh buy into this ideal. The reality they present us with is filtered through alluring colours and reflected in glossy finishes. At the same time, they tease our constant hydrating, detoxing, updating and upgrading. Plants are so alive they vibrate; water hydrates so hard it turns to slime.

Moreover, the endless optimism of freshness is tested where material tensions arise. The artifice of digital effects and perfect products is heightened when combined with the fallibility of human flesh, the blemishes of organic produce, the imperfections produced by hand.

Making material the powerful, emotional pull that is implicit in the invocation to renew, the artworks in Ever Fresh mirror a reality in which change is the only constant in our personal and social worlds.

Ever Fresh
© Marilyn Schneider Forever New 2014. Image courtesy of the artist ad Stills Gallery, Sydney.