Conners Conners Argyle Street is an impermanent project space located in a separate site at the corner of Argyle and Fitzroy Streets, Fitzroy. It aligns with Conners Conners’ core mission to provide a supportive and dynamic space for artists to experiment and take risks, while providing an expanded platform for more voices, conversations and modes of practice. The space is now open with an exhibition of new and reconfigured work by Melbourne-based artists Meagan Streader and Liv Moriarty. Conners Conners Argyle Street is led by a project team currently including Myf Doughty, Ela Egidy and Annika Aitken.
MEAGAN STREADER, To throw a shadow, 2023
Meagan Streader’s work pushes the limits of light within sculpture and installation. Streader manipulates, reinterprets and extends upon the boundaries of constructed spaces. Through site-specific interventions, her multidimensional use of light re-orientates the viewer’s relationship to the pre-existing architecture and scale of a given space. In this way, Streader’s work reveals the pervasive role of light in governing physical and social navigations of fabricated spaces.
Streader completed a Bachelor of Fine Art/Visual Arts at Queensland University of Technology in 2010. Since then, she has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including in solo exhibitions at MARS Gallery, Melbourne; McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Langwarrin, Victoria; Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane; Milani CARPARK, Brisbane; and Pepper House Studios, Fort Kochi as part of the KochiAIR program in Kerala. She has undertaken a NARS International Residency in New York. Her work has also been shown at Dark Mofo, Hobart; Underbelly Arts Festival at Cockatoo Island, Sydney; Brisbane Powerhouse; Arts House, Sydney and more. Her work is held in the collections of the Justin Art House Museum in Melbourne and Gold Coast University Hospital, as well as private collections in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.
Meagan Streader is represented by MARS Gallery, Melbourne.
LIV MORIARY, also and also 2023
Liv Moriarty makes work about interrelations– focusing on middle grounds and connecting threads in an attempt to understand and to be understood.
I speak in order to locate myself alongside everything else. The moment unfolds and I see myself watching it, tracing desire-paths that lead above my head and arrive under my feet. We follow a line that separates as it connects; it marks out space and puts it aside for later, translated by difference, held up as the other. The diagram maps out an idea through the sum of its parts, it allows for stillness as time sheds its skin; stand still enough and feel the world shift. This connection holds things up as they fall into place, it plots out happenings on an axis of relation.
Language translates time and slips through space, leaving a trail of ands and alsos. They are connected by a dotted line, formed by continuous interactions, influencing and being influenced, sensing and being sensed. This event is reflective, it has to exist in relation to other moments in order to exist at all, it asks to be experienced and encountered. The moment passes, into the infinite space between seeing, telling and listening that continues to be as close as possible. You can watch the feedback-loop ripple outward, movement turning to movement in turn – detect and respond.
Image credit: Conners Conners Argyle Street, installation view Meagan Streader, To throw a shadow, 2023 and Liv Moriarty, also and also, 2023.
Megan Streader, To throw a shadow, 2023, aluminum, fluorescent lighting
Liv Moriarty, also and also, 2023 vinyl, concrete, video