Laresa Kosloff

Laresa Kosloff makes performative videos, Super 8 films, hand drawn animations, sculpture, installations and live performance works. Her practice examines various representational strategies, each one linked by an interest in the body and its agency within the everyday. Recent artworks have involved a variety of participants such as lawn bowlers, celebrity artists, museum visitors, personal trainers and local residents in Prato, Italy. An incisive humour is woven throughout all of Kosloff’s work, whether it be in questioning the act of “looking” within the public realm, or drawing out the tensions between received cultural values, individual agency and free will. Laresa is the recipient of the prestigious 2019 Guirguis New Art Prize.

Select solo exhibitions: Laresa Kosloff: New Futures™, Benalla Art Gallery, Benalla, 2024; Capital, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2023; New Futures™, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2021; Spring 1883, with Sutton Gallery, The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne, 2018; Lets do something, Monash University Campus, Prato, Italy, 2015; The Russian Project, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne, 2012 and Office skate, commissioned by ACCA, public projection at the Melbourne City Square, 2011.

Select group exhibitions include: Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2023; nightshifts, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, 2023; Who can think, what can think, Te Tuhi Art Gallery, Auckland, 2023; Desire Lines, City Gallery, Melbourne, 2023; Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Art, Monsalvat Barn Gallery, Eltham, 2023; The 67th Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool, NSW, 2022; Who’s Afraid of Public Space?, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne, 2021; This brittle light: Light Source commissions 2020-2021, Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne, 2021; Cinémathèque, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2020; Haus Werk, McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, Melbourne, 2019; Guirguis New Art Prize, Art Gallery of Ballarat and Post Office Gallery, Federation University, Ballarat, 2019; In Prato, MADA Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne, 2018; Redlands Konika Minolta Art Prize, curated by Callum Morton, NAS Gallery, Sydney, 2017; Design and Play, curated by Lisa Byrne and Larissa Hjorth, RMIT Design Hub, 2016 and Art as a Verb, curated by Charlotte Day, Francis E. Parker and Patrice Sharkey, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2014.

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In Laresa Kosloff’s videos the human body is at the centre of an investigation into the ways in which behaviour is circumbscribed by cultural values and aestheticized criteria. Kosloff creates metaphors for the body’s relationship to the social contexts of work and play, sport and architecture, and even to the history of art itself.

Andrew Frost
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