Everybody clapping on the one and the three

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Everybody clapping on the one and the three

Andrew Christie, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Clare Peake, Lorne Kronemyer, and Rose Megirian
9 September 2017 - 24 September 2017

Opening night: 8 September, 6pm

Clapping on the one and the three is a musical thing. In most 4/4 music, the one and the three beats are the band’s beats. The musicians use the one and three for time keeping and for communicating with each other about what happens next. The two and the four beats are for the audience to respond. This call and response between the musicians and audience create energy and form a symbiotic relationship within the performance.

When the audience unintentionally clap on the one and the three it throws things out. Most people can’t clap in time and hover on the back of the beat, throwing the musicians out of rhythm and leading to a disjointed sound and experience for both parties. The natural and reasonable desire to be part of the whole creation, to be a leader, draws people to the one and the three but this is to the detriment of the experience as a whole.’ – Andrew Christie

In Everybody clapping on the one and the three, Andrew Christie is joined by a select group of local artists who are exploring how they identify as artists, and what fuels their desire to make. Drawing attention to the artist-audience dynamic, the exhibition considers ‘call and response’ as a distinguishing feature of the gallery experience, and whether the impulse to separate artist and audience leads to harmonious or discordant results.

Image: Andrew Christie, Make Sure They Play My Theme Song (install image, PICA), 2016.

About Andrew Christie, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Clare Peake, Lorne Kronemyer, and Rose Megirian

Andrew Christie is an artist and bespoke furniture maker based in Fremantle, WA. His wide-ranging practice includes handcrafted product design, workshops and involvement in social outreach initiatives such as the 100 Hampton Project with FORM. Building on his work in PICA’s Radical Ecologies in 2016, ‘Make sure they play my theme song’, Andrew is motivated by producing meaningful objects that facilitate domestic customs and ceremonies. His intimately crafted forms foster feelings of home and connection by disrupting everyday banality and drawing attention to the creative potential of objects in negotiating our day-to-day rituals.
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah is an Australian artist whose practice explores the different ways that memory can inhabit and emerge from familial space. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Abdullah draws on passages of personal history, articulating formative experiences of individual identity within the broader scope of family. Expanding on the narrative capacity of animal archetypes, crafted objects and the human presence, his work is intended to create a physical dialogue between the natural world and the agency of culture. While his own experiences as a Muslim Australian of mixed cultural heritage provide a starting point, Abdullah negotiates shared understandings of individual identity and new mythologies emerging from a contemporary multicultural context.
Clare Peake graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Art) from Curtin University in 2006 and completed postgraduate studies in Anthropology at the University of Western Australia in 2010. Clare was recently selected as a finalist in the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize (Art Gallery South Australia) and has contributed to a number of significant solo and group shows.  Notably, all matter has a past, at Verge Gallery, Sydney (2017), Every Dog Will Have its’ Day at Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2017), Win/ Win, Hugo Michelle, Adelaide (2014) and at Bus Projects and 7th Gallery in Melbourne.  She has also recently completed a 3-month residency at Artspace, Sydney.
Loren Kronemyer works across disciplines to pursue ideas of interspecies communication, ecological agency, survivalism and self-annihilation. She frequently collaborates with scientific institutions, including SymbioticA lab and is currently the first Artist in Residence at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. Loren is co-creator of Ecosexual Bathhouse by Pony Express which has recently toured across Australia and internationally​.
Rose Megirian is the designer/maker behind the label Many Peaks Assembly, an independent Western Australian studio which produces handcrafted clothing, jewellery and art and design objects. Megirian adopts a strong sustainability focus with ‘Many Peaks Assembly.’ This means not only maximizing the longevity and functionality of objects and adopting sustainable production techniques, but also investigating strategies for building meaningful or emotional connections between objects and their owners. Megirian hopes that in doing this her label can encourage lower levels of consumption and disposal.

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