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Lilac City Studio is pleased to present 'Currency', an exhibition including works by Ann Hirsch, Signe Pierce & Alli Coates, Marian Tubbs, and JD Reforma. These works are curated around a central theme of VALUE. This theme is explored within gender & sexuality, material & the body.

Opening: Saturday 13th October 6-8pm

Location: Suite 203, 7 Randle Street, Surry Hills, (above Ding Dong Dang Karaoke)

Dates: 13th October - 21st October    
Hours: Sat & Sun 11-5pm, or by appointment via email

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video still  American Reflexxx , by Alli Coates & Signe Pierce

video still American Reflexxx, by Alli Coates & Signe Pierce

Ann Hirsch

Anne Hirsch is a video and performance artist, who examines the influence of technology on popular culture and gender. Her immersive research has included becoming a YouTube camwhore with over two million video views and an appearance as a contestant on Frank the Entertainer...In a Basement Affair on Vh1. She was awarded a Rhizome commission for her two-person play Playground which debuted at the New Museum and was premiered by South London Gallery at Goldsmiths College. Hirsch has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Recent solo shows include MIT List Visual Arts Center and the New Museum’s online project space First Look.

Signe Pierce

Signe Pierce is an American multimedia artist working between New York and Los Angeles. She has worked in performance, photography, video and digital art. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, at the New Museum, New York, and at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Pierce has a BFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.

Alli Coates

Alli Coates is a multimedia artist based in New York City and Los Angeles. She has been privileged to work with some of the top international brands and publications in the world, including Helmut Lang, Theory, Uniqlo, MAC Cosmetics, Diane Von Furstenberg, L'Oréal, and many others. Her photography and design work has appeared in Vogue, W, Dazed and Confused, VICE Magazine, GQ, New York Magazine, Complex, and ELLE.

People Who Are dubbed her a "Creative Ninja," due to her flexibility in mediums: photography, video art, print design, window installations, web design, and art direction.

Alli grew up in Manassas, VA, graduated with a BFA from George Mason University in Washington DC, and now works between New York City and Los Angeles.

Marian Tubbs

Marian Tubbs' assemblage-based installations and digital works critique cultural ascriptions of value and act to slow down accelerated modes of looking. Her work unveils poetic and political power inside an emotional reservoir of discarded images, poor materials, and ‘small’ talk. Natural and ‘fake’ imagery is captured in numerous randomised fluid and static visions. Discarding the use of hierarchy to preference various elements, the fragile and found are assembled to defiantly assert: ‘the poor material is my agent because it is set to fail at being ‘fine’’.

Selected recent exhibitions include “Hypersea”, 2018, Monaco; “Looking Without Seeing”, 2018, Benalla Art Gallery, Vic; ”STATION, Sydney", 2018; "Another Dimension”, McClelland Gallery, 2018; “Apocalypse Summer”, 2017, ltd los angeles, LA; ”In Practice”, 2017, SculptureCenter, NY; “quiet revolutions and les enfants terribles”, 2017, Station, Melbourne; "Zona Maco", 2017, ltd los angeles, Mexico City; “Contemporary Monsters”, 2016, Minerva, Sydney; "Abstract Sex*”, 2016, Bard CCS, New York; "Pleasure and Reality", 2015-16, National Gallery of Victoria; “Contemporary Print Culture”, 2015, National Gallery of Australia; “riven”, 2015, Station, Melbourne; "Relational Changes", 2015, Christine König Galerie, Vienna; “NADA”, 2015, New York, Minerva; “Hairy Plotter and the Polygrapher's Tones", 2015, Toves, Copenhagen; "Primavera 2014: Young Australian Artists", 2015, MCA, Sydney; "Quake 2", 2015, Arcadia Missa, London; "Glean", 2014, Minerva, Sydney.

Tubbs has recently curated shows including "Care" (with Dana Kopel) at Interstate Projects, NY and "Witness" at Minerva, Sydney. In 2017 Tubbs was the recipient of the Marten Bequest Scholarship for sculpture, and in 2015 MCA's 'Online Commission'. Tubbs’ work is held at the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art and International institutional collections. In 2017 her work was included in the recent anthology 'Australiana to Zeitgeist' publishied by Thames and Hudson. In 2014, she contributed as an author to the philosophy volume "Deleuze and Guattari and the Arts: Intensities & Lines of Flight,” published by Rowman & Littlefield International. In 2015 she completed a PhD at UNSW Art & Design. She is a lecturer in Photomedia at the National Art School. Right now she is working on her first artist publication and an music video for rapper DonChristian.

JD Reforma

JD Reforma is an interdisciplinary artist who mines personal and public histories to explore the decolonising potential of the Filipino. His works occupy the interstice between the popular and the political, collecting and collaging narratives of diasporic experience as a methodology towards unpacking and unlearning cultural shame.

Exhibitions include Coconut Republic, 2017, Firstdraft, which was awarded the Contemporary Prize at the 2017 Campbelltown Arts Centre Fisher’s Ghost Art Award; Halò, 2017, with Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, curated by Katrina Cashman, Bayanihan Philippine Art Project, Mosman Art Gallery; Club Ate, 2017, Blacktown Arts Centre, curated by Bhenji Ra and Justin Shoulder; En-suite, 2017, curated by David Attwood; and 48HR Incident, 2015, curated by Aaron Seeto, Pedro De Almeida and Toby Chapman, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney. He has exhibited extensively throughout NSW, including Firstdraft, MOP Projects, Alaska Projects, Kudos Gallery, 55 Sydenham Rd, Breezeblock, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; as well as Success, Fremantle, Western Australia and Fake Estate, Brisbane.

In 2018, he participated in the 4A Beijing Studio Program, alongside Rainbow Chan, Dean Cross and Andrew Liversidge. Upcoming projects include the 2018 NSW Visual Arts Emerging Fellowship, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor, Michelle Newton and Lola Pinder, Artspace, Sydney; The TV Show, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Wollongong Art Gallery; and Neo-Filipino, with Caroline Garcia, Verge Gallery, University of Sydney.

Earlier Event: August 17
Later Event: October 26
'Recreation II' Kyra Henley