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now co-ordinated by Danielle Hakim and Estelle Jouannou


Samantha Heriz

7 January – 7 February 2014

Some Words and Images

This series displays image and text to confound. Obscure non-sensical pairings are produced as preposterous greeting cards to comment on meaning and meaninglessness.

Samantha J Heriz’ practice seeks to express the overlooked in our fast paced society, highlighting quiet internal states of mind, meaning and meaninglessness, through duration and obscurity. Heriz’ practice is diverse, but recent works have developed through durational video and poetic text as subtitles. Samantha utilises training in Butoh, meditation, performance and linguistics as the basis for her work. She has recently completed her Masters of Fine Art at RMIT, Melbourne.

Images: Samantha Heriz, Some Words and Images, detail, 2014, video stills, greeting cards.

Elizabeth Pedler

LAUNCH and WALK Tuesday 15 October 5.30pm

Come to the launch and drinks this Tuesday 15 October for Elizabeth Pedler’s The Walking Project.
Meet the artist at 5.30pm at Mailbox 141; take a walk, then meet up afterwards at Gogo bar (next to ChinChin), 125 Flinders Lane, from 6 or 6.30pm.
All welcome.

The Walking Project

15 October – 15 November 2013

For the Walking Project, Elizabeth Pedler transforms Mailbox 141 into the stepping stone for a series of guided walks through the city of Melbourne. Making use of QR-codes placed in the mailboxes, the audience will be able to join the artist on a narrated tour of the sights, sounds and smells of the city’s streets and public (and some not-so public) spaces. During the sound-walks, which range in duration from five to thirty minutes in length, Elizabeth gives directions, shares observations and invites interaction with the urban environment. “By taking members of the audience on a guided walk, I hope to replicate the form of a one-on-one conversation with members of the audience … through the Walking Project I wish to encourage the audience to be more receptive to their surroundings, and pay closer regard to the aesthetics of their immediate environment.”

Elizabeth Pedler completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with First Class Honours at University of Western Australia in 2010. Since moving to Melbourne in 2011 she has pursued a practice focused on perception, producing immersive and interactive installations. As well as commissions for Harvest Music Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival, Elizabeth has presented solo exhibitions at Kings ARI and Blindside Artist Run Space. In 2012, Elizabeth received an Artstart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. In 2013 Elizabeth will be pairing with Jeremy Eaton to present Smokescreen at TCB Art Inc. from 23rd January – 9th February.

Images: The Walking Project: Documentation, 2012, photographs, dimensions variable. Photo credit: Elizabeth Pedler.

Gary Anderson

10 September – 11 October 2013

Value Propositions
A performance by altered 1cent US coins

Gary Anderson, performative object #1 2013.

Gary Anderson works in the uneasy space between experience and interpretation using performative objects to probe the generative potentialities of paratactic oppositions, meta-temporal latencies and alteration of fragile, found or transient materials. For Mailbox this year he creates a series of installed object-performances on the mediation of value. The objects, moving and glimmering to attract attention, have covered themselves in layers of pure gold to project allure and desirability, and perform incessantly longing to be valued.

Gary Anderson is a Melbourne based artist currently completing a Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts.

link to Arts Hub Value Propositions exhibition review here

Telia Nevile

6 August – 6 September 2013

Armchair Traveller

Armchair Traveler focuses on the potential that images on postcards and travel posters hold as neutral environments we can project ourselves into.  They promise adventure and incite exciting daydreams that momentarily eclipse reality. They offer us the chance to travel in our imaginations, even as our bodies remain stationary, and these travels can happen not only across continents but also across centuries.  Did you ever want to visit the Egypt of the 1920s?  How about 1960s Italy? I did. I do. And photographic technology means I can.

Telia Nevile, 2013.

Salonica, 2010, & Entrance Drive, Warwick Castle, 2010, Inkjet Prints,each 14 x 9cm.

No matter how ubiquitous it becomes, photography still seems entirely magical to me and I’m constantly trying to see behind the curtain to figure out how the trick works. My work focuses on photography’s inexplicable ability to capture, create, replace and fabricate memories. If, as Barthes suggests, photography actually replaces our genuine memories with ‘counter memories’, then the possibilities become infinite, and the lines between what’s real and what’s fictional become even blurrier.

Photography Performance:

2013 Craft Cubed Festival

Debbie Hill

2 July – 2 August 2013

what we carry with us

The works for this exhibition are borne from a number of months spent as artist in residence in Tasmania, the Czech Republic and Canada since mid 2011.

The works are a reflection of what I have seen and experienced whilst working at home and in other countries and comment on the environmental effects that appear to be occurring by man’s seemingly relentless lust to develop at any cost.

Utilising photographs taken during the residencies of gargoyles, grotesques, votives and other religious iconography alongside my research into the flora and fauna of those countries, I have created a series of double votives which illustrate species that are either extinct or listed on the IUCN red list as critically endangered. I have deliberately chosen not to work with the poster boys/girls on this list; in these works you will spend time with snails, bugs, spiders and fish each placed alongside a figure that represents -for me- all of us.

Image: What we carry with us – box series #1, graphite and carbon on drafting film mounted on board.

Myfanwy Alderson

28 May – 28 June 2013


opening drinks Saturday 1 June, 4pm

The convergence of music with digital processing had its genesis in the early 1900s with the invention of the player piano, aka pianola. The binary perforated music rolls directly influenced development of early computer punch card technology, leading to the proliferation of computers in our surging digital age. On A Roll explores this connection with a series of 2D images and 3D forms made from pianola rolls, computer punchcards and copper wire. The copper wire is used metaphorically for its significant role in telecommunications and mass transmission of information. The mass production and distribution that pianola technology spearheaded is contradicted here with a collection of one-off works for inoperative mailboxes.

Myfanwy Alderson is a contemporary musician and visual artist. She has performed nationally and internationally with the likes of Chamber Made Opera, Improv Melbourne, dancers Alice Cummins and Janette Hoe, and with her trio Daquqi. Recent solo exhibitions include Three Thousand Holes in October 2012 and One_To__Zero___ in January 2013. In 2011 and 2012 Myfanwy participated in the Solo Residency artists program at Victoria University, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts Industries at Victoria University.

review by Penny Modra

Jan Berg

23 April – 24 May 2013

Field Lines

Doilies and camouflage designs are my stencil templates. I begin by mapping out in pencil an airy skeleton; a blueprint resembling a geographical map to be filled with a language of tiny coloured circles. It is an uncertain language, sensitive to the vagaries of a time consuming, handmade process.

Field Lines reveal a rich and varied tapestry of intricate patterning and imagery. Notions of time and space are stretched in these small abstracted gardens, hung as if on a loom of white tracery: a web at once organic and geometrical.

Although of a small scale a sense of space is inherent in the work as each minute circle, scribed into the papers’ surface, encloses its own mysterious emptiness.

L-R: Jan Berg, Lichen; Heart Strings from a Green Land, 2013.

Alison Alexander

19 March – 20 April 2013

A Temporary Museum of Permanent Objects: including pieces from both a Foreign Excursion and a Quondam Collection.

Opening drinks on Sunday 17 March at 4pm with remarks by Harold Mitchell, erstwhile President of the Museums Board of Victoria

Closing Drinks Tuesday 16 April at 6pm with the artist.

Sue-Ching Lacelles

12 February – 15 March 2013

Cabinet of Cities. Invisible Curiosities.

What do you get when you cross an invisible city with a cabinet of curiosities?

Well, a cabinet of cities and invisible curiosities, of course.

This exhibition combines the imagined world of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and the primitive visual representation of Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Curiosities. The animals within Seba’s collection were preserved and then once removed through the process of illustrative documentation. Like making a copy of a tape from a tape, sometimes some of the detail gets lost. Similarly, Calvino’s novel used the travel diaries of Marco Polo as a foundation to re-imagine into his own fantastical narrative.

Everything here is a representation of itself, lost from the imagination of its creators and reformed once more through another means of interpretation. Rather than constructing tiny landscapes, tiny objects that transcend imagined landscapes and connect back to naïve notions of existence on earth have been created.