Brisbane-based conceptual artist Sebastian Moody talks about returning to operate at QAGOMA for his Open up Studio installation — and his formative encounters with Fluxus art at the Gallery — after nearly 20 years. Check out Open up Studio at the Queensland Art Gallery for insights into the resourceful observe of modern Australian artists.
Sebastian Moody introduces the Open Studio venture
Mark Gomes: Open up Studio, with its aim on viewers participation and inclusivity, shares an ethos with your operate, a good deal of which has been made for public areas and makes use of language to explore how this means is established and shared. Does your Open Studio task aim to link people in a identical way?
Sebastian Moody: To begin with, I want to note that I labored as a Gallery and Visitor Services Officer at QAGOMA almost 20 many years back, and it is really wonderful to be back again. Although performing at the Gallery — observing folks on the lookout at art and imagining about what art is — I realised most people comes to artwork with what is by now likely on in their possess heads. For me, art’s normally been a way to get men and women attempt to recognize how these strategies entered their heads in the to start with location. In this way, I feel my operate sits strongly in the custom of basic, 1960s ‘capital C’ Conceptual Artwork. What I’m trying to do is get individuals to consider about how they make their aesthetic selections, how they interpret is effective of art.
Open up Studio: Sebastian Moody
MG: Are there certain artists functioning in this vein you had been drawn to when looking into in the QAGOMA Study Library and checking out the Assortment for your Open Studio job?
SM: There are two key artists. The to start with is the Swede Bengt af Klintberg and his Orange event of 1963, which I first recall seeing on display at QAG when I was 17 or 18 in the Fluxus exhibition, ‘Francesco Conz and the Intermedia Avant-Garde’ (1997–98). It’s mainly an educational work for peeling an orange and lining all the parts up in a row: in other terms, transforming a sphere into a line. I actually like the straightforward poetry of it. A large amount of Klintberg’s performs have basic recommendations that, when you read through them, you sort of execute in your mind. Which to me is what Conceptual Art ought to do. You do not need to make large general public artworks — that is what put up-conceptualism is, when Conceptual Artwork was offered a price range. Truly, it is sufficient to only think about these issues.
The 2nd artist is Alison Knowles, who labored in New York and was a founding member of Fluxus. She has a ton of educational will work, way too, that illustrate what I suggest. I think, basically, Fluxus was seeking to show you that you could be an artist. That, to me, is inspirational. I imagine we’ve lost that punk, emancipatory angle, and it’s time to renew it. Right now, Fluxus artworks are revered in guides, but do they stand up when you in fact comply with as a result of their instructions? Open Studio is a superior excuse for me to share these Conceptual artworks from the QAGOMA Selection with audiences, have them comply with the directions and motivate an any individual-can-do-it attitude. Like the Fluxus artists, I am intrigued in ways of making artwork in which, as the creator, I do not have to be accountable for the work — the viewers is.
Sebastian Moody spoke with Mark Gomes, Senior Editor, Print and Electronic Media, QAGOMA in March 2022.
Bengt af Klintberg ‘Orange function no. 3 (1963)’
Alison Knowles ‘Leone D’Oro (portfolio)’
QAGOMA Investigation Library
The QAGOMA Study Library’s distinctive collections are a loaded supply of exploration product that has exceptional and exceptional products to inspire and tell. Things include ephemera and objects (a frog pores and skin, a rubber duck) to LPs, artist publications, uncommon guides, correspondence, and photographs. Notable collections include things like the Peter Tyndall and Robert MacPherson Correspondence Archive 1970–2014 and the Asia Pacific Triennial Archive as effectively as a variety of Fluxus-connected methods.
Go to the QAGOMA Analysis Library on Stage 3, GOMA from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 4.45pm to check out publications, exhibition catalogues and additional . Specific collections are accessible by appointment.
‘Open Studio: Sebastian Moody’ is at the Queensland Art Gallery from 28 May – 25 Sep 2022.
Featured Impression: Sebastian Moody in ‘Open Studio’