Gretchen Mercedes

Gretchen Mercedes

Gretchen Mercedes

De-peopled wet suits evoke ghostly skins as they sway to the engine hum of a seemingly empty fishing boat; car headlights peer hauntingly through the desert dusk to the edge of the planet; bullet holes and rust serve as reluctant cartographers of the abandoned; the strange and perverse,; the dead and taxidermy; Japanese businessmen clones and hyper-humans. Gretchen Mercedes' photos and moving images are cacophonous with dislocation and silence - the kind of silence that can be heard through the alchemy of motion in motion and time in time; days in cars, in flight, at sea.

Vast geographies have served as theatres of investigation for Mercedes for the past 8 years, providing trace evidence of an extremely physical engagement with the metaphysics of landscape and atmosphere.

Australia, Indonesia, Japan, America, Mexico and the Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans; it is no overstatement to say that the artist lives and works globally. Mercedes' images are not documents, but rather poetic products of a life lived outside the confines of studio practice and in and out of marginalised space. Roland Barthes' description of modern poetry as a "kind of spatial, tangible analogue of silence" could be carefully applied to these visual works, which transport the audience not to a fixed destination but to a mobile point of departure from which a number of escapes can be made.

Artists

Shane Anderson
Robert Becraft
Susy Bielak
Crystal Z Campbell
Micha Cardenas
Mauricio Chernovetzky
Lili Chin
Ted Chung
Leigh Cole
Matthew Coors
Micki Davis
Noah Doely
Rob Duarte
Monica Duncan
James Enos
Kael Greco
Chris Head
Nico Herbst
Glenna Jennings
Merve Kayan
Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli
Vince Manganello

Esteban Martinez
Dolissa Medina
Elle Mehrmand
Gretchen Mercedes
Charles G Miller
Jesse Mockrin
Zac Monday
Zac Kime Montanaro
Sheryl Oring
Clare Parry
Omar Pimienta
Brianna Rigg
Lesha Rodriguez
Louis M. Schmidt
Tim Schwartz
Jerry Truong
Yvonne Venegas
Julia Westerbeke
David White
Andrew Wilson
Suzanne Wright
Claire Zitzow