don't stop me now!
an installation by Stevi Cannon and Jen Denzin
Opening Night: Thursday 4 November 2010, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: Wed 3 November - Sat 20 November 2010
Don’t stop me now! is an installation whereby Podspace will not be used in the conventional gallery sense as a means of showing objects, but will instead become a place to experience ‘experience’.
Stevi Cannon and Jen Denzin ask “What is art? Why do we need to create works of art? What do we want to say?” These two local, emerging artists have come together to wrestle with the question of what it is to be an artist, and with the desire to engage with others – to bring viewers into a space where art has been made, where they too are free to question and interact. Installation is an art form that allows for this engagement. Don’t stop me now! will consider the relationship between the gallery space, the viewer and the artists, as they encounter each other.
Cannon’s art practice is multifaceted: dramatic actor, singer, performer, artist. Emerging out of a successful career in design, a serendipitous moment found her attending the Fine Arts Diploma at Newcastle Art School in 2007. A recipient of a Ford Scholarship for her efforts, Cannon is now completing the Advanced Diploma, majoring in sculpture.
Denzin’s current work investigates a residual ‘Asian’ aesthetic embedded in our visual culture through the mapping of historical, more specifically visual, connections between China and Australia. It is also an imaginary navigation of the silent spaces in Australia’s early history regarding Chinese migrants. Denzin uses casting, carving, cutting, moulding and installation to investigate and tell spatial stories. She is also currently finishing her Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture.