‘Dear Future;’ Exhibition, Erica Chung, Francis de Bono, and Juan Rodriguez, Curated by Rachel Pakula

Opening: 2nd of May 6-8pm
Dates: 2nd of May- 16th of May

Dear Future;
Chung, Erica (Singapore)
Francis de Bono (Australia)
Juan Rodriguez (Guatemala)
Curated by Rachel Pakula (Australia

‘Dear Future’ explores and extends School House Studios’ site through the anthology of time, space and communication. Inspired by the journey of NASA’s Voyager 1, Chung (Singapore), Rodriguez (Guatemala) and de Bono (Australia) began an exploration of scale and communication, returning the grandeur of interstellar communication to locality.

By adopting the gestures of the probe, and transferring colossal scale to visceral space, ‘Dear Future’ simplifies the act of interstellar exchange, granting recognition of all interpersonal connection to be of gratifying significance.

The opening party establishes the content and progression of the conversation – particularly in focus is the notion of the inaugurator as isolated from and unaware of the recipient and point of delivery. In the fractures between the origin and arrival of a message are moments of transience, held in semi-stasis to deconstruct the communicative act.

Chung, is a Singaporean Melbourne based artist who works primarily in the field of print media. Growing up in Singapore has provided her with valuable insight into social movement and justice (or injustice). Her fervor to push the boundaries of social structure and norms through imagery and text is a vital part of her art.

De Bono is a Melbourne based, Australian artist. His works exist as repetitive and exaggerated representations of a spatial condition. Exploring notions of the peripheral and the unseen, de Bono’s works rely on duration to instill in audiences a sense of familiarity to a
subject largely unrecognized yet ever-present. Encouraging an active engagement with daily spatial phenomena, de Bono’s work’s reveals the consequential absurdities of a spatially aware life.

Rodriguez is a Guatemalan born, Australian multidisciplinary artist, working and based in Melbourne. His work explores and documents the ideologies of locality, existence, transnationalism, immigration, metaphysics, and preservation. Working from archaeological,
pantological and astronomical methodologies, he works with an array of earth, found, every day and recycled materials, and contemporary technologies, Juan’s practice is quite investigative and experimental. He often finds himself creating fictional spaces or working on once existent spaces that have now become distant and are somewhat fictional.

Pakula’s writing and publishing practice revolves around walking as a methodology for place-making and a site-specific mode of thinking. Holding group walks at Yarra Bend Park, Pakula hopes to share a site with fellow walkers, forming a bond with a site through research and repeated exposure and experience walking along a waterway. Pakula’s practice also focuses on the sensations and effects on the body within a site and the encouragement of a
positive relationship with the body outside of the methods employed by modern ruins and urban society intended to control the body.

‘Dear Future’ will take part at School House Studios, Collingwood, Victoria on the Land of the Wurundjeri People, whom we pay our respects as visitors towards their elders past and present.