VCA Graduates Alliance FranÇaise Award Exhibition

Ruben Bull Milne, Marcus Carne, Sky Haughton, Yumemi Hiraki, Sean Myles Whittaker.

25 May to 24 June 2016
Opening 25 May 2016, 6.30pm to 8pm

Alliance Francaise Eildon Gallery
51 Grey St, ST KILDA

The Alliance Française de Melbourne (AFM) is proud to present its annual award exhibition for VCA Graduates, a highlight on the AFM's annual exhibition calendar.
Five students were selected at the VCA Graduate show last November as laureates of the AFM's prize: 
Ruben Bull Milne, Marcus Carne, Sky Haughton, Yumemi Hiraki, and Sean Myles Whittaker
Presenting an eclectic body of work, embodying the Victorian School of Arts various art practices, each of these young talented artists will present the works of their choice in this exhibition.


Artist Statement
Ruben Bull-Milne uses photography as a reference point to explore metaphysical and abstract concerns. Through an intense scrutiny of his subject matter that is enhanced by the lens and subsequently by the alteration of image surfaces, Bull-Milne's work creates a delicate interplay between the image and the three-dimensional.
Minimal and liminal, the works in the exhibition counterpoint analog and digital processes with subtle sculptural elements that function both as a support for the image or as a stand-alone object.

About the artist
Ruben Bull-Milne is an artist living and studying in Melbourne. He is currently completing his Honours in Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. Ruben has recently had his first solo show at Caves Gallery and has been in group shows at Bus Projects, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and George Paton Gallery.



Artist Statement
"Noise Complaint" is essentially a compiled database of regurgitation of sound for a work installed in late 2015, that was accompanied with a performance on trumpet

About the artist
Newly emerging australian artist livivng and working in Melbourne. He plays around with both visual and audible aspects of sound in space, having just completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at VCA in 2015, Marcus continues to explore avenues in which to take his practice. There is a world of sound out there to be discovered, a passionate focus of Marcus', to create something again from scratch, to reinterpret. He has exhibited in grouos, collaboratively and solo around Melbourne in galleries, to mention a few ACCA, Margaret Lawrence, Stockroom and Brunswick St Gallery.


Artist Statement
Surviving art school with my sense of self worth in tact.

About the artist
Melbourne based artist; loves to draw, but really drawing is just an excuse to look.
Sky has recently graduated from the Victorian Collage of the Arts, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts / Painting. Prior to this, Sky completed a Diploma of Visual Art at Swinburne University and has been a practicing artist for a number of years.


Artist Statement
The degradation of one may be a beginning of something else to emerge.
The world is a dynamic space, things come and go, disappearing and resurfacing.
It is perpetually transitioning, influenced by external forces, interconnected through an expansive web. Hiraki's elemental approach to practice quietly engage this ephemeral nature, pulsating nostalgic reflections of memory and history. The various organic materials used to reflect her concepts transcend that of the gallery space into a complex language of spatial landscaping.

About the artist
Yumemi Hiraki is a Melbourne based artist born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. She first moved to Queensland at the age of 13 to complete her secondary education and then to Melbourne to complete her undergraduate degree at the Victorian College of Arts (VCA). Hiraki recently graduated from VCA having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Spatial Practice. She is currently working part time while continuing her practice in a studio in Brunswick. 2016 has seen Hiraki's work at George Paton Gallery, the Joel Gallery as part of the Emerging Artist Award and a nomination for the Arts and Craft Design Award.


Artist Statement

Would You Like Fries with That (Small, Medium, Large)

Presented in the form of an absurd triptych, Would You Like Fries with That (Small, Medium, Large) depicts the artist undertaking a simple but uncomfortable action – attempting to consume an entire serving of French fries from a world famous fast food chain, one in each of the offered sizes. The work comments not on the nature of consumerism so much as the very fact that it is unavoidably in our nature to consume. It is simply up to said consumers where and when they decide to stop.

About the artist
Through his idiosyncratic approach to and use of language, objects and actions Sean’s practice critically examines the role of aspiration in contemporary culture – particularly the at times fraught relationship between notions of failure and success. Expressed through a variety of media, his work often takes the form of video installation and sculpture, combining elements of both found and made objects and performance.

Sean completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015, graduating with First Class Honours. His graduate work was the recipient of multiple awards including the Alliance Française Award for Excellence. He has exhibited in both solo and group shows across Melbourne at galleries including George Paton Gallery, Blindside, Bus Projects and the Margaret Lawrence Gallery.

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