There Is a Wall Dissolving

Erin Hallyburton + Stephanie Hosler

Stephanie Hosler and Erin Hallyburton’s work involves exploring the relationships between the body and intuitive material play. These explorations often manifest themselves as site-responsive installations. While both Hosler and Hallyburton’s work have a similar approach to materiality, their different practices establish a dialogue about fluidity, transformation, mutation and decay.

This dialogue is the product of combining Hallyburton’s emphasis on gravitational power and entropic energy with Hosler’s focus on their rejection of Western binary classifications, which informs their exploration into transformative substances.

A quilt moisturised with lard; amorphous solids that are subjected to the gravitational pull of the earth upon their manifestation; sound-absorbing textiles which digest the vibrations and sonic matter in their environment. Oily cosmetics with sensual healing properties thickly painted onto white walls. The exchanges between Hallyburton and Hosler’s works implicate the audience as being just as crucial to the work as the space around them.

Erin Hallyburton is a Melbourne based artist and graduate of Monash University. Hallyburton’s expanded form of sculptural practice focusses on the potential of transformable materials to activate the gallery space and the viewer’s body. As the amorphous materials enact the force of gravity over time, the viewer is compelled to consider the fragility and impermanence of the body.

Hallyburton has held solo and collaborative exhibitions at Intermission student gallery, Good work art space, MUMA’s education space, the VCA student Gallery and the Patterson Building. Hallyburton was also a recipient of a residency at the Museum of Innocence Mildura in 2017.

Stephanie Hosler is a Melbourne-based artist who’s work focuses on navigating and existing in oppressive and inflexible binary spaces. Hosler employs materials underpinned by their ability to change form, evolve or decay to establish a dialogue about fluidity and transformation. A recent graduate from Monash University, they have shown at Intermission Gallery within the university and at Visual Bulk in Hobart, Tasmania.

Most recently, Hosler participated in the 2018 TarraWarra Biennale ‘From Will to Form’, as part of Mike Parr’s performance piece ‘Whistle White’.

Image | Stephanie Hosler, Everything is New, 2018, soap, hair and porcelain sink. Intermission Gallery | Courtesy the artists.