Open Studio: Sebastian Moody - QAGOMA Blog

Brisbane-dependent conceptual artist Sebastian Moody talks about returning to function at QAGOMA for his Open Studio set up — and his formative encounters with Fluxus art at the Gallery — after nearly 20 decades. Stop by Open Studio at the Queensland Artwork Gallery for insights into the inventive practice of modern day Australian artists.

Sebastian Moody introduces the Open Studio undertaking

Mark Gomes: Open up Studio, with its emphasis on viewers participation and inclusivity, shares an ethos with your get the job done, a lot of which has been made for community spaces and utilizes language to discover how meaning is created and shared. Does your Open up Studio job purpose to join men and women in a comparable way?

Sebastian Moody: To start with, I want to be aware that I worked as a Gallery and Visitor Services Officer at QAGOMA just about 20 yrs in the past, and it’s actually pleasant to be back. While operating at the Gallery — observing people today searching at art and thinking about what artwork is — I realised every person comes to art with what’s presently going on in their very own heads. For me, art’s usually been a way to get people today try out to recognize how individuals ideas entered their heads in the to start with put. In this way, I assume my function sits strongly in the tradition of classic, 1960s ‘capital C’ Conceptual Art. What I’m seeking to do is get folks to think about how they make their aesthetic alternatives, how they interpret works of artwork.

Open Studio: Sebastian Moody

Installation views of ‘Open Studio: Sebastian Moody’

MG: Are there distinct artists working in this vein you had been drawn to although studying in the QAGOMA Investigate Library and discovering the Assortment for your Open up Studio undertaking?

SM: There are two main artists. The to start with is the Swede Bengt af Klintberg and his Orange occasion of 1963, which I initially try to remember seeing on show at QAG when I was 17 or 18 in the Fluxus exhibition, ‘Francesco Conz and the Intermedia Avant-Garde’ (1997–98). It is basically an instructional do the job for peeling an orange and lining all the pieces up in a row: in other words and phrases, transforming a sphere into a line. I really like the straightforward poetry of it. A lot of Klintberg’s will work have simple guidelines that, when you examine them, you kind of carry out in your thoughts. Which to me is what Conceptual Artwork should really do. You do not will need to make large community artworks — that is what article-conceptualism is, when Conceptual Artwork was offered a price range. Really, it is sufficient to only believe about these issues.

The next artist is Alison Knowles, who worked in New York and was a founding member of Fluxus. She has a whole lot of educational operates, as well, that illustrate what I indicate. I imagine, fundamentally, Fluxus was making an attempt to clearly show you that you could be an artist. That, to me, is inspirational. I consider we have misplaced that punk, emancipatory mind-set, and it’s time to renew it. These days, Fluxus artworks are revered in publications, but do they stand up when you really adhere to by means of their guidelines? Open up Studio is a great justification for me to share these Conceptual artworks from the QAGOMA Selection with audiences, have them adhere to the guidelines and stimulate an everyone-can-do-it frame of mind. Like the Fluxus artists, I am intrigued in strategies of producing artwork where by, as the author, I really don’t have to be liable for the work — the viewers is.

Sebastian Moody spoke with Mark Gomes, Senior Editor, Print and Digital Media, QAGOMA in March 2022.

Bengt af Klintberg ‘Orange event no. 3 (1963)’

Bengt af Klintberg, Sweden b.1938 / Orange function no. 3 (1963) 1992 / Photo-screenprint on paper / 100 x 70cm / Reward of Francesco Conz as a result of the Queensland Artwork Gallery Basis 1997 / Selection: Queensland Artwork Gallery | Gallery of Fashionable Art / © Bengt af Klintberg/Copyright Company

Alison Knowles ‘Leone D’Oro (portfolio)’

Alison Knowles, United States b.1933 / Leone D’Oro (portfolio) c.1978 / Photo-screenprint on paper / 18 sheets: 40 x 40cm (just about every comp) / Gift of Francesco Conz 1991 / Assortment: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Fashionable Art / © Alison Knowles

QAGOMA Study Library

The QAGOMA Exploration Library’s special collections are a abundant source of investigate materials that is made up of scarce and special merchandise to inspire and advise. Objects incorporate ephemera and objects (a frog pores and skin, a rubber duck) to LPs, artist books, rare textbooks, correspondence, and photographs. Noteworthy collections incorporate the Peter Tyndall and Robert MacPherson Correspondence Archive 1970–2014 and the Asia Pacific Triennial Archive as perfectly as a range of Fluxus-relevant sources.

Pay a visit to the QAGOMA Analysis Library on Level 3, GOMA from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4.45pm to explore books, exhibition catalogues and extra .  Distinctive collections are out there by appointment.  

Sebastian Moody exploring the Peter Tyndall and Robert MacPherson Correspondence Archive in the QAGOMA Investigate Library / still left: Robert MacPherson, ‘Two Hand-Space’ Gloves 1982 proper: ‘Hand-Space’1981 artist ebook / © Robert MacPherson / Pictures: C Callistemon © QAGOMA

‘Open Studio: Sebastian Moody’ is at the Queensland Art Gallery from 28 May well – 25 Sep 2022.

Showcased Graphic: Sebastian Moody in ‘Open Studio’

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