SAM’s summer exhibition, Cover Versions: Mimicry and Resistance is set to open on Friday, November 10. Featuring the works of thirteen artists and collectives, the exhibition explores ideas around mimicry and impersonation, re-performance or reiteration, as artists and collectives expand on the notion of the cover version and its subversive potential within the digital age.
In September, Brisbane-based artist, Michael Candy came to Shepparton to test Synthetic Pollenizer – a robotic flower that has been developed in collaboration with a resource ecologist and implemented in Tallis Wine’s field of canola in Dookie. Here, the artist tested his prototype. Versions of the flower will exist in the gallery space, while another activated robotic flower will be streamed into the gallery from a rooftop in Melbourne.
Returning in the days before the exhibition from his first community visit in August, New York/Sydney-based artist, Julian Day (ABC Classic FM) of Super Critical Mass will rehearse with an informal choir who have been recruited from all around Shepparton. On opening night is Friday, November 10 when the artists and the choir will sing to works in the SAM Collection, and to the gallery’s architecture, their voices resonating beautifully through the space.
Artists in the exhibition include Arthur Merric Boyd and Neil Douglas, Michael Candy, Maria Fernanda Cardoso, Marco Fusinato, Percy Grainger and Burnett Cross, Yuki Kihara, The Kingpins, LOUD + SOFT (Julian Day and Luke Jaaniste), Frédéric Nauczyciel, Soda Jerk vs The Avalanches, Super Critical Mass, Christian Thompson, and Jemima Wyman. Curated by Anna Briers.