Images courtesy of the artist, Noah Spivak, ‘chemigraph 1’, 2018, and
‘chemigraph 3’, 2018
Images courtesy of the artist and Dominik Mersch Gallery Sydney.
Men-Yu Yan ‘Bian Lian’, 2018, digital print on silk chiffon and
'Moon Gate II', 2018, digital print.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Noah Spivak is a graduate of Emily Carr University for Art and Design, where he majored in photography and sculpture. As his recent work reflects, these specialties are now applied in installation and curatorial practices. Spivak’s current processes isolate, break and reconstitute the materials that compose photographs – presenting audiences with the distance that can exist between a physical object and a study of visual re-presentation. Now based in Melbourne, Spivak’s recent work relies not on image but material, serving as a reminder of the physical and chemical processes of photography allowing the viewer space to consider the value of image in our visually saturated culture.
Meng-Yu Yan is a Sydney-based artist whose practice explores queer spectrality and cultural haunting through experimental photography. Blending digital photographic methods with analogue manipulation, sculpture, and installation, the artist distorts our perspective of reality through the use of mirrors and reflections, light, lenses, glass and water. As a first-generation Chinese-Australian queer artist, Meng’s work consistently confronts the intersections between race, culture, sexuality and gender identity. Their self-portraiture is marked by fragmentation, multiplicity, and an engagement with Surrealist ideas of the unconscious and alienation. Meng is currently completing their Master of Fine Arts (Research) and was recently awarded the Ross Steele Scholarship to fund their upcoming residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.
Lauren Castino is a Sydney-based writer and curator with an interest in collaborative exchanges within non-traditional art spaces. She completed a Graduate Diploma of Art Curating in 2017 and has written for a number of local galleries and publications including the Australian Journal of Ceramics.
Alanna Irwin is a Sydney-based arts writer, curator and commercial gallery manager. Her emerging curatorial practice is diverse and driven by curiosity, often focusing on art that is sensitive to time, technology and art history. She has written for a number of artists and publications, including the Allens corporate art collection journal and experimental arts magazine Terra Firma. Alanna was awarded her Master of Art Curating from the University of Sydney in 2017 and has held positions as an academic tutor and research assistant at the same institution.