Image: Susanna Castleden, 1:1 Airplane Wing, 2015, 4.16 × 12.69m, rubbing on gesso on paper maps. Photo by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Olga Cironis, Mountain of Words, 2017, metal loom, table and chair, sensors, speakers and amp, human hair, natural fibre, performance. Photo by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Clyde McGill, Dolorosa, 2015, mixed media, performance, dimensions variable. Photo by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Andrew Sunley Smith, Carbon Supremacy, 2015–17, mixed media, dimensions variable. Photo by Rebecca Mansell

Image: Tanya Lee, Curtilage, 2016, 3 channel video, dimensions and duration variable. Photo by Rebecca Mansell

In a world full of movement the space between two points is constantly being traversed. SPAN brings together five WA artists whose work reaches out; transitioning across margins which are personal and global, political and geographical – between self and others, artist and viewer.

Includes works by:

  • Susanna Castleden
  • Olga Cironis
  • Tanya Lee
  • Clyde McGill
  • Andrew Sunley Smith

SPAN traverses the connection and disconnection of boundaries while mapping the passage of the journey.  A life-size print of a cruise ship gangway, a series of sculptured industrial engine parts, human hair weaved on a loom, neighbours grooming each other over the fence and a musical performance based on asylum seekers – the works in SPAN link personal body space, encroach on the neighbours, and consider decisions of travel and where and how we live.

Artist Performances

Olga Cironis: Mountain of Words
Every Wed–Sun | 8 Feb–26 Mar | 12–3pm | Hallway Gallery | Free
Olga Cironis has travelled across WA collecting human hair and the stories of its owners. She will weave in FAC’s gallery every Wednesday to Sunday throughout SPAN, crafting a 500m long hair ribbon on an amplified, ticking loom.

Clyde McGill: Dolorosa
Every Fri–Sun | 4 Feb–26 Mar | 12–12:30pm | Kathleen O’Connor & Collections Galleries | Free
Clyde McGill will recount the story of a displaced family and their journey towards asylum as the audience responds, plucking and playing the unusual instrument. Dolorosa sees amplified wires suspended throughout the gallery to create an interactive soundscape.

Watch an interview with Curator Ric Spencer

Get a behind the scenes look at SPAN as FAC’s Curator walks you through the show.

Watch artist Olga Cironis in action in our galleries

Read the Exhibition Catalogue

This exhibition is presented by FAC and Perth International Arts Festival.

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