Brisbane-centered conceptual artist Sebastian Moody talks about returning to get the job done at QAGOMA for his Open Studio set up — and his formative encounters with Fluxus art at the Gallery — following pretty much 20 decades. Pay a visit to Open Studio at the Queensland Artwork Gallery for insights into the artistic exercise of up to date Australian artists.
Sebastian Moody introduces the Open up Studio job
Mark Gomes: Open up Studio, with its aim on viewers participation and inclusivity, shares an ethos with your perform, a great deal of which has been produced for general public areas and uses language to examine how which means is designed and shared. Does your Open up Studio project intention to hook up people today in a very similar way?
Sebastian Moody: To commence with, I want to observe that I labored as a Gallery and Customer Solutions Officer at QAGOMA virtually 20 several years in the past, and it is seriously pleasant to be again. Whilst functioning at the Gallery — observing men and women on the lookout at art and contemplating about what artwork is — I realised most people arrives to art with what’s by now heading on in their individual heads. For me, art’s normally been a way to get folks try to recognize how individuals ideas entered their heads in the first place. In this way, I assume my operate sits strongly in the tradition of typical, 1960s ‘capital C’ Conceptual Art. What I’m hoping to do is get men and women to feel about how they make their aesthetic alternatives, how they interpret functions of art.
Open Studio: Sebastian Moody
MG: Are there unique artists working in this vein you ended up drawn to when studying in the QAGOMA Analysis Library and discovering the Assortment for your Open up Studio venture?
SM: There are two primary artists. The 1st is the Swede Bengt af Klintberg and his Orange function of 1963, which I initial remember observing on screen at QAG when I was 17 or 18 in the Fluxus exhibition, ‘Francesco Conz and the Intermedia Avant-Garde’ (1997–98). It’s essentially an educational operate for peeling an orange and lining all the items up in a row: in other words and phrases, reworking a sphere into a line. I really like the basic poetry of it. A lot of Klintberg’s is effective have very simple guidelines that, when you go through them, you sort of perform in your intellect. Which to me is what Conceptual Artwork should do. You never will need to make big general public artworks — that is what publish-conceptualism is, when Conceptual Artwork was presented a price range. Truly, it is adequate to only imagine about these matters.
The 2nd artist is Alison Knowles, who worked in New York and was a founding member of Fluxus. She has a ton of instructional operates, too, that illustrate what I necessarily mean. I consider, essentially, Fluxus was attempting to demonstrate you that you could be an artist. That, to me, is inspirational. I consider we have lost that punk, emancipatory attitude, and it’s time to renew it. Today, Fluxus artworks are revered in guides, but do they stand up when you essentially stick to by their recommendations? Open up Studio is a fantastic justification for me to share these Conceptual artworks from the QAGOMA Collection with audiences, have them abide by the guidance and motivate an any one-can-do-it mindset. Like the Fluxus artists, I am fascinated in means of making art where by, as the creator, I really don’t have to be accountable for the perform — the audience is.
Sebastian Moody spoke with Mark Gomes, Senior Editor, Print and Electronic Media, QAGOMA in March 2022.
Bengt af Klintberg ‘Orange event no. 3 (1963)’
Alison Knowles ‘Leone D’Oro (portfolio)’
QAGOMA Analysis Library
The QAGOMA Analysis Library’s specific collections are a abundant source of research material that consists of exceptional and special objects to encourage and inform. Things involve ephemera and objects (a frog pores and skin, a rubber duck) to LPs, artist guides, scarce guides, correspondence, and photos. Noteworthy collections contain the Peter Tyndall and Robert MacPherson Correspondence Archive 1970–2014 and the Asia Pacific Triennial Archive as nicely as a vary of Fluxus-relevant means.
Stop by the QAGOMA Exploration Library on Degree 3, GOMA from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4.45pm to check out guides, exhibition catalogues and much more . Specific collections are offered by appointment.
‘Open Studio: Sebastian Moody’ is at the Queensland Art Gallery from 28 Could – 25 Sep 2022.
Featured Impression: Sebastian Moody in ‘Open Studio’