The Board of Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts is extremely
concerned that charges have been laid against Paul Yore.
The decision to charge an artist for work exhibited in a gallery
raises real questions about censorship and the freedom of artistic
expression. We believe that it is the role of contemporary art to
challenge assumptions and inspire robust debate.
Paul Yore is an emerging artist who studied painting at Monash
University. Paul Yore has exhibited in several solo and group shows
in public galleries and artist run spaces including Heide Museum of
Modern Art, Federation Square, The Substation, Gertrude
Contemporary, Westspace, and Trocadero Art Space. He also featured
in Gertrude Contemporaries Melbourne Art Fair Project Room in
As this matter will be before the courts, we cannot comment on
the substance of the case. Our thoughts are with Paul.
Linden Board of Management Inc
Opening Friday 27 September 6-8pm
Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts presents A
Space Oddity. The artists in this exhibition will create new
work that responds to the way in which people in the twenty-first
century are required to navigate and consume space, both virtual
Curated by Jan Duffy and Matthew
Perkins, A Space Oddity explores the human
condition in our 'plugged in digital age'. In this ever-changing
world, perceptions of the self and the space we inhabit are
continually challenged. The exhibition will seep out of Linden's
Victorian mansion house to colonise a range of spaces in the local
St Kilda area.
Australian artists Darren Sylvester,
Antoinette Citizen and Masato
Takasaka and Canadian artist Adad Hannah
with Oscar winning filmmaker Denys Arcand, will
create four very different environments within the gallery walls.
Darren Sylvester is producing a large scale installation,
recreating a red carpet Hollywood experience; multi-disciplinary
artist Antoinette Citizen's installation is using technology to
explore her internal feelings and thoughts; Masato Takasaka's
installation will use found objects and video to disrupt the
physical gallery space and video artists Adad Hannah and Denys
Arcand's collaborative work brings the 1980s nightclub into the
Outside the gallery, Australian video artist Dominic
Redfern will create a site-specific video work on a
digital advertising board at St Kilda Road junction. An urban
walking trail will start from Linden and guide visitors on a
virtual and physical tour of 'hidden' artworks via the exhibition's
augmented reality smartphone app. Australian artist Philip
Samartzis will create a locational sound work; Melbourne
based artist Akira Akira will create 'secret'
artworks that will be placed in and around the walking trail,
visitors can collect these works and so they will rejuvenate
throughout the exhibition; Colin Harman and
Will Pappenheimer will produce virtual artworks
that can be viewed through the exhibition app.
A catalogue will accompany the exhibition and includes a graphic
essay by Matthew Perkins and Bruce Mutard, while
Scott Wark will produce a critical essay.
A Space Oddity is proudly supported by Australia
Council for the Arts, City of Port Phillip Cultural Development
Fund, Octopus Media and Punt Road Wines. Linden is supported by
the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian Government
through Arts Victoria.
For more information, images or an interview with the
curators/artists contact Lizzie Baikie. email@example.com, 03
Opening Friday 15 November 6-8pm
The Linden Innovators Program creates opportunities for artists
to present new, innovative art in a professional environment.
Innovators 3 is the final show in the 2013 series. From Saturday 15
November, Innovators 3 presents five exhibitions that deal
with time, transience, frailty and decay. The artists in these
exhibitions explore how we experience the passing of time, what we
choose to forget, the things we retain and the things we let
Artist Santina Amato explores the idea of time
and aging in her exhibition No One Point in
Time. The site specific video installation was
made during a recent residency at Artspace in Sydney and takes its
inspiration from a YouTube video. Amato's three projected videos
will work together to create an abstract audio/visual landscape
that the audience can meander through and around.
Michael Carolan's exhibition
5-Stages of Grief: Choose your own
(mis)adventure draws from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross'
'5-Stages of Grief' model, proposed in her book On Death and
Dying. Carolan's work explores how the original context of
information can be distorted as it passes through the twenty second
digital media grab. Using neon signs from commercial advertising,
Carolan raises questions about what we 'take notice of' and what in
turn we disregard.
The exhibition Plans sees artist
Daniel Price moving away from his detailed and
precise drawing practice as he uses sculpture to expand the ideas
of transience and decay, end points and closed moments that
permeate his work.
This exhibition has been supported by Chapman & Bailey.
Peter Thomas' exhibition of works
on paper Coma Country references sites
around Melbourne where 'young men have been killed by other young
men outside licenced venues'. Thomas' in-depth research discovers
instances of male violence that are strikingly similar to those in
the news today. Thomas questions the notion of 'boys will be boys'
that has normalized aggressive masculinity, and asks would anything
change if we remembered something of our violent past?
SuperKaleidoscope, is a collaboration between
artist/curators Kim Fasher and Sarah
Mosca. In their exhibition they bring together twelve
artists who explore the relationship between beauty, impermanence
and the passing of time. The title, Mono no
aware, references a Japanese concept
'the pathos of things', the way individuals respond to beauty and
recognise its frailty. The works in this exhibition create moments
of suspension, a tension between absence and presence as they
reflect on the poetic charm and emotional quality of
things in the face of decay.
Mono no aware will feature works by: Lottie
Consalvo, Paula Doepfner (GER), Christopher
Hanrahan, Steven Harvey, KK+JLD, Paul Kos (USA), Finn
Marchant, Todd McMillan, Gemma Messih, SLUSH, Marian Tubbs and
This project has benefitted from funding courtesy of Arc @UNSW
Everything is f#@ked. Now what?
We are deeply concerned about the events of recent weeks and the
impact of these events on Paul Yore and the other artists involved
in the Like
Mike - Now What?? exhibition.
We acknowledge that questions have been asked about our response
to this matter and are acutely aware of the concerns of the
community and of those who have had difficulty understanding our
decision to temporarily close the gallery and seek classification
for the work. These decisions were not taken lightly and were
debated vigorously, with all points of view considered. Ultimately,
the decision was made to temporarily close the Gallery while we
worked through the complex issues which included obtaining greater
clarity on the legal issues faced by Paul and the Centre and the
substance of the police concerns, practical and moral rights
considerations in keeping an incomplete exhibition on show with
works removed by police without the artists' consent and safety and
wellbeing concerns for our staff and visitors. Classification in
this case serves to notify visitors of the nature of the work in
terms that are well understood in the broader community, and
enables us to continue to exhibit the works in the manner intended
by the artist and the Gallery.
As it became clearer that the police investigation and the
classification process were going to take longer than we hoped, we
became increasingly uncomfortable with the gallery being closed. As
such, and on the basis that the works of the other artists, namely
Fergus Binns, Trevelyan Clay & Kate Smith, Jan Lucas, Simon
Pericich, Nick Selenitsch & Alex Selenitsch were not in
question, the gallery reopened on Tuesday 11 June
Yesterday, we were notified by the Australian Classification
Board that elements of the work by Paul Yore are considered
Classification 1 - Restricted. This means that the work is
considered to contain adult content and should be restricted to
people 18 years and over. We are working through what this means in
practical terms and will continue to consult with all the artists
and our stakeholders when making decisions about how best to
proceed. It is important to note that we understand no charges have
been laid against Paul and we hope this will remain the case.
The police seized a number of items from Paul's installation at the
gallery and classification was sought on Paul's work in its altered
We hope it can be appreciated that this has been a complex
matter, where we have tried to find the right balance in managing
our artistic, legal and moral responsibilities. Indeed, some
observers have considered that we haven't always got this balance
right. However, we can assure everyone that while it may not always
be evident externally, we have been working tirelessly to resolve
all the issues in a timely and appropriate way as well as manage
the concerns of all the artists and our stakeholders.
It's crucial that the issues raised about Paul's work are viewed
in the context of the exhibition and the intent of his work.
Like Mike - Now What?? pays homage to legendary
Australian artist Mike Brown his energy and restlessness, his use
of materials and his intuitive processes. From periods of
pornographic collage, political satire and commentary, Mike Brown
challenged art audiences with his "anything goes" approach to art
making and exhibition. The artists selected for the exhibition have
in some way been influenced by Mike or are working in a similar
mode. The exhibition was intended to celebrate the legacy of an
acclaimed and controversial artist, who pushed boundaries as
contemporary art often does.
As Paul has stated, the intent behind his work is to confront
fear, boredom, confusion and apathy. Like Mike Brown, Paul's
work is conversational, confrontational and uncompromising.
Linden Centre for Contemporary Art plays an important role in
the community as a vibrant, evolving place for the creation and
presentation of contemporary art; a place where audiences are
encouraged to enjoy and support contemporary art and where the
artist's own vision is unlimited. Our stated mission is to support
and promote contemporary art by creating opportunities for artists
to present innovative and uncompromising art and presenting art
that encourages risk. The exhibition is consistent with our
The exhibition has re-opened and we will be extending our
opening hours in the hope that as many people as possible will come
and see this amazing exhibition. We hope that you have the
opportunity to come and take a look and make your own assessment
about the artistic merit of the work.
Once all the controversy surrounding the exhibition has passed
over, which we sincerely hope will be very soon, we very much look
forward to participating in a robust discussion with the community
and artists about the issues of censorship and the freedom of
Thank you for your continued support.
Linden Board of Management Inc