A new major body of work by artist Belle Bassin, ALTO AIR brings together explorations in biomorphic form through drawing, choreography and sound. A collage to lie down in.
With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and the City of Port Phillip through the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, Melbourne artist Belle Bassin will present a new body of work at Temperance Hall, South Melbourne for two days only.
Titled Alto Air, Bassin has composed a durational environment within the historic Temperance Hall, transforming the space through physical forms and immaterial forces. In addition to her sculptural and painterly forms Bassin has collaborated with choreographer Prue Lang and sound artist David Chesworth to create new translations of the intangible forces within the work. Performances featuring Claire Leske, Jessie Oshodi and Sarah Mealor will take place over the opening weekend of Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June.
Inspired by early female abstractionists, her main creative focus is on the arrival of psychic forms in the artistic imagination and finding super-sensory modes of expression. Bassin also describes these forms in new and abstracted ways using the sensorial immediacy of human movement and sound, with performance elements running throughout opening hours on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June.
Alto Air is the result of research undertaken by Bassin throughout 2018 whilst in-residence at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. This considerable period of development, for this major body of work, was made possible by the Rupert Bunny Visual Arts Fellowship awarded to the artist in 2017.
Saturday 1 June
10am – 12pm
INSTALLATION OPEN TO PUBLIC
Saturday 1 June – Sunday 2 June,
10am – 5pm
INSTALLATION IS VIEWABLE BY APPOINTMENT
Monday 3 June – Saturday 8 June
Call 03 9645 9937 to book.
Belle Bassin is a Melbourne-based artist and a studio artist at Shakespeare Grove Studios, St Kilda.
Recent exhibitions include 2018 Tarrawarra Biennial: From Will To Form, Tarrawarra Museum of Art; Inches, Feet, Verse, Marsaleria, New York; On Campus, Monash University Museum of Art, 2017; Dancing Umbrellas, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, 2016; and Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits, Monash University Museum of Art, 2015.
She is the current recipient of the Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, which supported her residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York in 2018.
Bassin’s work is represented in numerous state, national and private collections.
This suite of works is the result of residencies in Greece, France, USA and regional Victoria made possible through the Rupert Bunny Visual Art Fellowship 2017 and the Australia Council for the Arts.
Images courtesy of Belle Bassin.