Body Language

Jacob Clerke , Fei Gao, Caoife Power and Nani Graddon 

Location: 4/450 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills - M2 Gallery

Exhibition runs: 3rd - 8th June 12-7pm
Exhibition opening: Thursday 3rd June 5-7pm 


This exhibition looks at the ways culture, language and failure are interlinked with our bodies.
Through each of Jacob, Fei, Caoife and Nani's works, aggregate processes draw out parallels within our art: its density, texture, repetition, time, materiality, and its connection with our bodies as we make.
For the purpose of this exhibition ‘Body Language’ acknowledges that we are surrounded by cultural-political markers that hold the safety, health, identity and class of our bodies, often outside of our control.
This exhibition opens a space for vulnerable attentiveness with these concerns, with unpredictable works that seek to expose earnest moments essential to understanding the body and its divergence. 

This exhibition is part of Kudos Offsite. Kudos Offsite allows UNSW Art & Design students, alumni and emerging artists the opportunity to realise an engaging and experimental arts project. Providing an innovative offsite program Kudos aims to be the bridge between emerging practitioners and the wider arts community.  

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and the Ngunnawal people who are the traditional owners of the land Arc AD, Kudos Gallery and AD Space share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to elders, and past, present and acknowledge that this will always be Aboriginal land.

Jacob Clerke’s practice is concerned with the intersection of intuition and process, focusing on their relationship with the body through rapid iteration of concept and application. Jacob is currently a UNSW BFA/BA Student with discipline in painting, drawing, sculpture, performance and creative writing. He was nominated for the 2020 Tim Olsen drawing prize. 

Image: Untitled test prints Ink on paper, 2021, 29x63cm, Jacob Clerke

Nani Graddon resides on Gadigal land in the Eora nation. 

Nani is currently undertaking her honors year at UNSW art and design. She works across a variety of mediums in an attempt to negotiate contemporary Australian society and her place within it. 

She is currently interested in objects and information, specifically how they are displayed within Sydney’s cultural institutions. Her work aims to investigate the long-standing western centric archive that knowledge is kept within. 

Recorded performance, 35mm film, 2021, Nani Graddon

Fei Gao was born in Beijing and grew up in Tianjin. He moved to Sydney in 2016 to study a Bachelor of Media Arts at UNSW Art & Design. Since then he has been experimenting with art as a way of exploring China's current social issues. Through combining traditional Chinese cultural representations with alternative approaches, his practice presents the uncensored version of events, whether they be empowering or disheartening. Recently, he's been researching the gaming culture in China and made works using hacked games to present political and personal issues. 

Image: is dad still not back?, 2020, Fei Gao

Caoife Power’s painting and writing practice is driven by concepts of language, ecology and embodiment. Drawing from personal experiences of convalescence, her work observes multi-sensory perceptions of our environment that speak to the tensions in contemporary life, and the interrelation between the body and the outside world as processes for healing.  She has a B Fine Arts (First Class Honours) RMIT and Fine Arts/Arts (Creative Writing) UNSW. She recently created Bus Projects ‘Out of Bounds’ podcast series and has exhibited interstate across Australia.   

Image: Cool in bloom, 2021, Oil on linen, 40x50cm, Caoife Power

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