Disqualifications and fortuitous crashes paved the way for Australia’s first Winter Olympics gold medallist, Steven Bradbury. Contemporary art, as a rank outsider to sport itself in the conscious of the wider public, Bradburys its way through the Australian cultural landscape, beset by the likes of Sportsbet ads that cry “that’s not art” at abstract sculpture and affirm “this is” at the Multibet function of its new app.
Placed as it is at the end of our news broadcasts, the back of the newspaper, and sometimes across the front page with a provincialistic headline, sport can be common ground for artists whose work addresses a variety of conceptual frameworks. At this Invitational, sport is an object, a cultural institution, a psychologist, an aspiration, a pastime, a history, a childhood, and a way of life. Above all, it is fun. The selected artists will share their reflections on these themes.
Enjoy the Opening Ceremony on July 1 featuring the following qualifiers:
PARALLEL PARK (Holly Bates and Tayla Haggarty)
With essays by Lucy Forsberg, Adam Friend and Alexander Kucharski
Curated by Alexander Kucharski