Artists

Australia

Leanne Bock

29.04.22 04.05.22

Multidisciplinary visual artist with a continuous professional career of more than 20 years in graphic design and illustration. She is fascinated by the unknown and the everyday, learning through vivid explorations of language, perspectives, ecologies, and culture.

During her time at ´ace,  Leanne worked on the searching of street Lyrics and the combination of familiar public language with unfamiliar intentions. It’s a playful, personal response to the unique urban environment of Buenos Aires, investigating abstract notions of the street and language. Both entities are constantly changing and evolving, alive with relational meaning and mystery, loaded with signs, symbols, history and politics.

After exploring the city on foot, absorbing and observing she was drawn to the ubiquitous metal offcuts aesthetically scattered on the pavement like poetry, claves, clues, treasures waiting to be interpreted. ¨Como la calle me habla¨ (As the street speaks to me) Quietly asking to be reassembled, scrambled, scrabbled. As an absurd poem unravels from a few metal shapes making limited makeshift letterforms, an irregular rhythm and pedestrian pace prevail. Blending English, Spanish, local porteño and French, where infinite possible meanings, misunderstandings and mistranslations emerge. The distinctive veredas of Buenos Aires provide the centre stage for this lyrical charla con la calle.

ARTIST´STATEMENT

I work with ordinary objects and the everyday, creating democratic visual languages which playfully contemplate collective consciousness and the absurdity of constructed reality. Embracing an ad-hoc, makeshift aesthetic, my work examines what familiar, mundane objects and surroundings can reveal about social and psychological states at large, connecting micro to macro phenomena. Drawing from lived experience, magic realism and contemporary conditions, my practice implicates themes of memory, perception, mass consumption, existentialism and constant states of change. My working process is approached intuitively through embodied action (walking, movement, play), allowing the private, emotional and unconscious to blend with awareness of current social circumstance. The work invites connections, valuing humour, ambiguity and indeterminacy as ends in their own right.

Leanne Bock
1981 | Theodore, Queensland, Australia.
Lives and works in Naarm, Melbourne, Australia.

STUDIES
2021 | Master´s degree in Contemporary Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia.
2019 | Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia.
2001 | Bachelor of Communication Design, James Cook University, Australia.

EXHIBITIONS
2022 | Gertrude Street Projection Festival, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia.
2021 | VCA Grad Show, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia.
2021 | From Where I Stand, VCA Artspace, Melbourne, Australia.
2021 | The Last Act (YOHO Collective), Schoolhouse Studios, Collingwood, Melbourne, Australia.
2020 | Installation, PGB Artspace, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia.

RESIDENCIES 
2022 | Proyecto ´ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018 | Castelo Studio Linocut Residency, A Coruña, Spain.

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Exhibitions

Street Lyrics
Leanne Bock

28.04.22 27.05.22

Leanne Bock is an Australian multidisciplinary visual artist. Street Lyrics is the result of her four weeks Exploration Residency among the ´acePIRAR Artist-in-Residence International Program.

ABOUT STREET LYRICS by Leanne Bock

This work combines familiar public language with unfamiliar intentions. It’s a playful, personal response to the unique urban environment of Buenos Aires, investigating abstract notions of the street and language. Both entities are constantly changing and evolving, alive with relational meaning and mystery, loaded with signs, symbols, history and politics.

The work emerged by exploring the city on foot, absorbing and observing as I walked over 70km in the first week of the residency. I was instantly drawn to these ubiquitous metal offcuts, which Porteños are well familiar with. Aesthetically scattered on the pavement like poetry, claves, clues. Worthless treasures waiting to be interpreted. Quietly asking to be reassembled, scrambled, scrabbled… “como que la calle me habla”.

The two video works and poster installations indoors and outdoors (which call upon the vernacular of street publicity) intuitively expand this dialogue with the street, eluding A to B systems of linear logic. As an absurd poem unravels from a few metal shapes making limited makeshift letterforms, an irregular rhythm and pedestrian pace prevail. Blending English, Spanish, local Rioplatense and French, infinite possible meanings, misunderstandings and mistranslations emerge. The distinctive veredas of Buenos Aires provide the centre stage for this lyrical charla con la calle.

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OPENING
May 4th, 1pm at the Dialogue Space

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires

Buses

38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)

Subway/Metro

D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')

Train

Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Proyecto´ace
Artist-in-Residence International Program

Open Call #3
Residencies 2022-2023
Deadline July 31st, 2022

 

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