The UTS Gallery has long been a venue for exhibitions, but rarely has it been the inspiration. In the first exhibition for 2017, however, that’s set to change.
Surface Tension is on display until 28 April. In the exhibition, artist and academic Biljana Jancic responds to the architecture of the gallery by focusing on the “dominance of glass and concrete”. Here, reflective surfaces and projected images will come together to immerse the viewer in the space around them and make them part of the artwork.
A Beach (Beneath) installation detail: Biljana Jancic, 2016. Two channel video production, aluminum tape. Primavera 2016, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Courtesy of the artist.
Jancic, who teaches design at UTS, says the exhibition is about really introducing people into the exhibition space, really reflecting on what it is to project something and what it is to think about space.
“Australia is a colonised country and there are politics about how you occupy space, whose space it is, who has claim to space or has right to space.”
To challenge the ways we think about space and time, Jancic has used monochromatic colours and light projected into the gallery space. She says, “You’re going to see light spills that look like they could be native, but I actually filmed them in other spaces throughout Australia.”
Surface Tension is a progression from Jancic’s 2016 installation, Primavera, which was displayed at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In that work, quadrangles of intersecting blue light were projected into the gallery space.
This year, Jancic is using aluminium sheets and plastic which intercept each other to create a sense of conflict. “Architecture seems like it's really permanent and stable, but it’s not. Like everything, architecture is subjected to forces that destabilise it but also allow things to happen.
“Collisions are inevitable and they are the reasons that we have so much beauty in the world. It's what creates mountain ranges, it creates life and earth.”
Surface Tension is on display in the UTS Gallery until 28 April. For more information visit art.uts.edu.au