2P's 1st Anniversary Exhibition: For Your Pleasure (Remake / Remodel) by Scott Redford + Reinhardt Dammn and Hiram To + Jack Darvas
For Your Pleasure (Remake / Remodel)
Scott Redford + Reinhardt Dammn
Hiram To + Jack Darvas
Exhibition Opening: Friday 27 May 2011, 5pm – 9pm
Exhibition Period: 28 May – 15 August 2011
2P Contemporary Art Gallery is pleased to present its 1st Anniversary exhibition For Your Pleasure (Remake / Remodel) by Scott Redford + Reinhardt Dammn and Hiram To + Jack Darvas.
Taking the title from Roxy Music’s second album from 1973, For Your Pleasure celebrates the conditions for contemporary art-making and the sublimation of time and space in the remaking and remodeling of ideas from a previous moment.
Leading Post-Conceptual Australian artists Scott Redford and Hiram To met in 1986 and have worked together consistently for over two decades. In For Your Pleasure, using Nicolas Bourriaud’s ideas of “postproduction” as a point of departure, the artists and their shadow ‘collaborators’ Reinhardt Dammn and Jack Darvas revision a series of new works based on concepts created by the artists from the 1980s, testing both the resilience of those artworks by inserting them into different narratives and their inherent capacity for translation and reinvention.
Scott Redford recently held a major selected survey of his works (with Reinhardt Dammn) at the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia. Hiram To recently departed planet Black Swan and is continuing his hitchhiking in the media industry. Jack Darvas has been away from the art world, under a different name, since 1995.
Born in Gold Coast, Australia, Redford is an artist who sometimes curates and writes. He has exhibited since 1983. In 2001-02 Redford was the recipient of an Australia Council Residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Major exhibitions he has participated in include the 1993 and 1999 Australian Perspectas at the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the 1996 and 2006 Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia; Photographica Australis at the Taipei Art Museum, Taiwan and Asian tour; and Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002, Contemporary Australia: Optimism GoMA, Brisbane, Imagining the Everyday Pingyao international photography Festival, China, High Tide: New Currents in Art from Australia and New Zealand National Gallery of Poland, Warsaw and Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2004: Australian Culture Now at the National Gallery of Victoria, 2004. There are several major catalogues on various aspects of Scott Redford’s career.
Born in Hong Kong to Chinese parents, Hiram To lived in Scotland and Australia. An artist who works in conceptual-based installations, he is also a writer in the visual arts, popular culture, film and fashion. To has widely exhibited in Australian public galleries and internationally, with works acquired by institutions such as the National Gallery of Australia, Powerhouse Museum and the Queensland Art Gallery. He was invited by Camden Arts Centre in London to exhibit a one-person exhibition in 1994. The invitation was the first Chinese artist solo show at a British contemporary art museum. The Winnipeg Art Gallery, the State Gallery of Manitoba in Canada also presented a selected projects survey of the artist in 2002. To was one of three artists representing Hong Kong at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007.
As a curator, he has collaborated with Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, Artspace Sydney, Ipswich Art Gallery and Next Wave Festival in Australia, and Hong Kongs Goethe-Institut. Since 1995, he has resided in Hong Kong and worked in communications and journalism. His writings have appeared in South China Morning Post, Harpers Bazaar Hong Kong, C for Culture, City Magazine, The Standard, Art Monthly Australia and many other English and Chinese language publications.