Visions Beyond is an group exhibition that explores ideas of spirituality, immateriality, fluidity and the experiential; and their potential to flow beyond, across and through artists and their individual works. Underpinning these diverse practices is a striving for a state of being that is otherworldly and using a sensory experience of light and colour. Visions Beyond is an exhibition that employs the interdisciplinary media practices of Jobe Williams, Campbell Henderson, Bronte Hock, Tess Williams, JonathanBolitho, Emily Hana Johnson & Jennie Feyens. Through a collaborative making process, these artists give and take influence from one another to create a multi-sensory conversation circulating around the notion of transcendentalism.
This aesthetically playful exhibition occupies a phenomenological and sensorially affective space of exploration, where each artist’s individual styles connect through close collaboration and curation.
Bronte Hock’s work explores spirituality through religious iconography and the repeating gestures found within religious studies. There is an element of abstraction in Bronte’s work which is mirrored by Tess Williams’ painting works which explore repetition as a spiritual practice. Alongside these, sits Tess’ performance work, which replicates yogic movement and the fluidity of whole-body actions. This is combined with Jobe Williams’ delayed projection visuals which overlay Tess’ movements, complimenting her actions with colours and shapes to reflect the intention of her practice. In a live performance space, Jobe and Tess’ collaborative practice engages the audience in an serene sensorial experience of a movement-based meditation. In alignment with this transcendental state of performance is Campbell Henderson’s projected video work which plays on the Ganzfeld effect, which is intended to engulf the viewer and trick the mind into intense hallucinatory visuals. Campbell and Jobe’s projection and prism photography works employ similar colour fields and motifs as they operate in the space together, pulling influence from one another. This is also true of Jobe and Jonathon Bolitho, who have a close collaborative practice that explores human homeostasis and the phenomena of light through interactive technology and electronics. Emily Hana’s paper sculptural works explore the relationship of light and shadow in affecting our understanding of objects. Similarly, Jennie Feyen utilises the medium of light to explore notions of sexuality and body politics. The fluid dialogue between the artists and their works in the exhibition space speaks directly to the central theme of the exhibition - that is a movement beyond, across and through.
With a wide variety of material experimentation, this collaborative group exhibition explores interdisciplinary art making practices underpinned by the notion of a sensorial experience of transcendentalism. In this way theVisions Beyond exhibition is a practice of meditation and mediation through sculpture, sound, video and performance.
Words by Bronwen Williams