Onespace is a new initiative developed by art consultancy CREATIVEMOVE and its directors, John Stafford and Jodie Cox.
It represents a mixed-model style of gallery – an innovative space designed to showcase the evolving arts economy in Brisbane. It will present exhibition of artists represented by Onespace, curate exhibitions around thematic issues, invite independents curators to present exhibitions, and collaborate with artist to present their own work.
“Our program embraces a dialogue between gallery practice and investigations into public space and platforms. We aim to stimulate an entrepreneurial conversation between like-minded and diverse practitioners,” explains John.
Onespace is situated in Highgate Hill, at the city end of Gladstone Road with proximity to South Bank and Brisbane’s cultural heavyweights, Queensland College of Art and Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art.
The gallery will be launched on Friday, 11 November, with an exhibition of new work by Sebastian Moody.
Sebastian Moody is destined to occupy a significant place in the contemporary Australian lexicon. He is not constrained by a gallery space, a particular medium, concept or even language, but instead utilises all of these to present his work.
Wit and language have been harnessed in his seminal public art projects, notably at Brisbane International Airport departure gates – KEEP THE SUNSHINE – and on Fortitude Valley’s McLachlan Street – THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT THE BIGGER IT GETS. Orchestrating the currency of now and writing it on the wall is his raison d’etre.
In Moody’s new work, THE MAGICIAN – paintings on hardboard and vinyl text on the wall – he continues to extend the boundaries. His highly selective words, with their ambiguity and multiple meanings, prompt us to ‘think about looking’, not just about what we think, but why. The way that Moody constructs his art depends on his chosen medium. What unites his oeuvre is an interest in meaning, how this might shift between concept and delivery, and change at every viewing. He believes, as individuals, what we see and understand is inherently slippery – our perception of an image, a situation or a concept is dependent on our experiences, mood, time of day, culture and habit.
THE MAGICIAN will be on display at Onespace until Saturday, 26 November.