A Brief Moment of Clarity consists of four iterative and improvised sound performances which explore how contemporary art is portrayed through the lens of popular culture.
McLeish has collated as many references she could find from movies and tv shows; from the Andy Warhol episode of The Love Boat, to Pam’s art exhibition in The Office, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Ongo Gablogian’s destruction of a local gallery. This is how art is portrayed in mass media, sometimes good, sometimes well-meaning but misunderstood, and at other times devalued as junk. These clips overlap to create noise.
What can you hear through the noise? Maybe you can only hear yourself and your own opinion of art. What or who informs your perception?
As a counterpoint to A Brief Moment of Clarity, Amelia McLeish presents This One is Just for You. McLeish has commissioned a series of limited edition prints from four Meanjin-based artists Ella Callander, Zara Dudley, Daniel Sherington, and Nicholas Tossmann. Please feel free to take only one of these limited editions. The work seeks to connect audiences with the emerging local art community. As you take one of these editions you become an active participant in the future of the art community.
Amelia McLeish, A Brief Moment of Clarity, 2020, Live sound performance, duration variable.
Amelia McLeish, Ella Callander, Zara Dudley, Daniel Sherington, and Nicholas Tossmann, This One is Just for You, 2020, limited edition inkjet prints, dimensions variable
Amelia McLeish is a contemporary visual artist practicing primarily in Meanjin (Brisbane). Her practice utilises participation, sound and humour to critique the arts institutions and develop artist-based communities. She has exhibited at Boxcopy and The Walls, and completed a studio residency with OuterSpace ARI. Amelia is a co-director of Nextdoor ARI and is also an ARI organiser at Wreckers Artspace.