The term Love Job is commonly used by contractors who do work for friends, family, schools etc. for free. This common act of generosity was an important part of Seymour’s upbringing and early conceptualising of exchange and currency. For this exhibition, Hoey and Seymour present multiple photographic and video works engaging ideas of exchange and value while remaining ambiguous and peculiar.
Dana Hoey (born San Francisco, California) is a prominent visual artist who works in photography and video to explore the intersection of feminism and violence. Her meticulously constructed staged works are often saturated with light and colour and point to a fascination with corrupted idealism.
Her work has been exhibited in the U.S., Germany, Switzerland, and London, England. Notable solo exhibitions have been held at the Tache Levy Gallery in Belgium and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. and the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, New York. Her work is included in collections at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, CA; the Middlebury College Museum of Art, VT; the National Museum of Women in the Arts, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY. Hoey holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University (1989) and an M.F.A. from Yale University (1997). She sometimes teaches in the Bard College m.f.a. program. Hoey is represented by Petzel Gallery, New York.
Kieren Seymour (born London, UK) is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia and works across multiple mediums including video, digital painting and photography. Fragments of politics, economics and personal experiences shape the predominantly image based studio practice. Using absurdity and humour as a narrative device in his work, Pip Wallis states in her 2013 essay, Hi, here I am, that must be enough, “The conceptual strategies of Seymour’s video (artworks) are comically encumbered with humanism”.
Seymour’s work has been exhibited in Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland and UK. He has participated in notable group exhibitions at ACMI (Melbourne), NGV (Melbourne), MCA (Sydney). He has also shown at Neon Parc, Utopian Slumps, Sutton Projects, TCB Inc, Alaska (Sydney), RM (Auckland), Snakepit, (Auckland), Flake, Thirty Twenty Seven (Sydney), Blindside, Bus Projects and the SACI Institute, Italy. Seymour completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at R.M.I.T. in 2015, with an exchange studies program at Zurcher Hochshule De Kunste (Zhdk), Zurich 2010. His work is held in collections in Australia, Hong Kong and UK.