Circumbinary Orbits – Transmission Line / Unsteady Compass

Matt Coyle/Lou Conboy

CONTEMPORARY ART TASMANIA

27 Tasma Street, North Hobart, TAS

9 October- 25 October, 2020

Transmission Line:

Presenting artist Matt Coyle and curating artist Joel Crosswell have developed Transmission Line, the final exhibition in the Circumbinary orbits suite. Matt Coyle is fascinated by the darkness that sets in after unfortunate events occur. He uses fragments of objects to create chilling scenes reminiscent of frames from schlock horror films. The fragments are a form of artificial life that carry obscure and strange innuendo. Coyle entwines and layers these fragments to compose his decaying and claustrophobic underworlds.

An Unsteady Compass:

Presenting artist Lou Conboy and curating artist Mark Shorter have considered how we navigate the mythologies that have been written over the top of a landscape. Sited in the isolated mining town of Queenstown on the West Coast of Tasmania An Unsteady Compass questions the frontier legends that have shaped its culture. To chart this path Lou Conboy deploys her alter-ego Sisyphina, a figure first introduced in her eponymously titled show at Mona Foma in 2018. In this second chapter Sisyphean cyclic futility is turned inward to critique frontier myths and the bodies that have carried and inscribed them, like a palimpsest, onto invaded terrain.


The Circumbinary orbits suite is curated by Kylie Johnson and deals with sentience, trust, mortality, decay and mythology. The project is developed through the Artist-to-Artist model, first undertaken at CAT in 2016. Johnson employs curatorship as a means of enabling and shaping the social relationships through which art is generated. Informed by the unique relationships artists have with other artists, this project sets out to consider how the personal and professional proximities between artists intersect and influence exhibition outcomes. Each artist pairing has been derived from deliberation of the value that one artist may bring to the other while trusting in ‘gut instinct’ that constructive and supportive relationships will emerge. With a non-hierarchical approach and emphasis on peer-to-peer collaboration, Circumbinary orbits converges artist methodologies, techniques and approaches to artwork presentation.

Exhibition opening:

Friday, 9 October @ 5.30pm

Exhibition runs:

9 October-25 October, 2020

Please visit:

www.contemporaryarttasmania.org