Artist updates work for large-scale survey exhibition
Works made over the last twelve years by renowned Avondale artist, Janet Â Lilo, are being updated and made anew for the artistâ€™s first solo survey exhibition Status Update, openingÂ 28 May at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi.
Te Uru are canvasing Liloâ€™s concerns Â and approaches in the survey exhibition Janet Lilo: Status Update. A phrase cribbed from Facebook, â€˜Status Updateâ€™ refers to Liloâ€™s well- known interest in social media as raw material, a self-aware use of a survey exhibition as validation â€” and indeed elevation â€” of an artistâ€™s practice, as well as a description of how Lilo has treated the works in the exhibition.
Indeed, Janet Lilo: Status Update is not a traditional survey. Rather than simply re-showing past works, Janet Â has borrowed concepts, processes and technologies Â from previous works to create Â entirely new works that reflect back on and refine her concerns Â to date.
â€œThe exhibition approach recognises Â that Liloâ€™s works have often been ephemeral and site-specific, and thus resist reshowingâ€, says exhibition Curator, Ioana Gordon-Smith.
â€œThe show flirts with the boundary between Â new and old, using modes of retrieval, remixing and remaking that are nonetheless characteristic of how Lilo works.â€ Â ~Â Exhibition Curator Ioana Gordon-Smith.
Since graduating with a Master of Arts and Design in 2006, Â Lilo has consistently made work that turns the familiar into the extraordinary. The sites and sounds, places and publics that infiltrate our everyday actions become her raw material. Similarly, her interactions with people become the basis for community collaborations. These are thenÂ turned into installations that are often experimental in nature, using social media, text, photography, videos and objects to create Â interactive and unconventional displays.
Because her work celebrates the everyday, Lilo always has a broad audience in mind. â€œIÂ believe in making art that is simple, playful, accessible Â and dynamicâ€, says Lilo.
â€œI like to think that the art I create Â will not only stand up to an audienceÂ that is academically informed but, more importantly, to people from different intellectual abilities, cultures and ages.â€ ~ Janet Lilo.
This focus on real people and real experiences Â embodies an important social consciousness, bringing into the gallery people, images and technologies Â that are often overlooked because of their ubiquity.
It is within mainstream behaviours and widely used technologies, however, that Lilo most keenly observes power dynamics between access, Â agency and representation. Â From the influence of the digital revolution to local interpretationsÂ of popular cultural, Lilo captures both how the world around us shifts and how the world looks at any moment in time.
For Janet Lilo: Status Update, Lilo has created Â a series of large-scale Â installations that span three gallery spaces in Te Uru. These include a photo-montage made from overÂ 10,000 6â€x4â€ photographs, printed using self-service machines at Harvey Norman storesÂ around Auckland, a music video featuring text and images sourced through Google, and neon works that re-use Â subject lines from the artistâ€™s previous email correspondence with another artist living on the other side of the world.
The survey exhibition Janet Lilo: Status Update is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated publication of the same name. It features Â text from five writers: Ioana Gordon-Smith, Monique Redmond, Caterina Riva, Ema Tavola and Nina Tonga. With Tessa King from Penguin Publishing acting as editor and Te Uruâ€™s in-house designer Julia Gamble over- seeing Status Updateâ€™s look and production, the book is proudly an all-woman affair.
Janet Lilo: Status Update runs at Te Uru from 28 May â€“ 28 August 2016. Opening: Saturday 28 May, 4pm-6pm
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