Hard Feelings

3 May — 2 Jun 2018

Katherine Botten Rea Burton Anastasia Klose Saskia Leek Natasha Matila-Smith Jenny Watson Kaylene Whiskey curated by Serena Bentley


Hard Feelings
Katherine Botten
Rea Burton
Anastasia Klose
Saskia Leek
Natasha Matila-Smith
Jenny Watson
Kaylene Whiskey
curated by Serena Bentley

Opening Thursday 3 May, 6–8pm
Exhibition Friday 4 May–Saturday 2 June 2018

The Honeymoon Suite is pleased to announce the opening of Hard Feelings on Thursday 3 May, 6–8pm. Hard Feeling includes work by Katherine Botten, Rea Burton, Anastasia Klose, Saskia Leek, Natasha Matila-Smith, Jenny Watson and Kaylene Whiskey and is curated by Serena Bentley.

Hard Feelings will be the final exhibition presented at The Honeymoon Suite prior to its permanent closure in June 2018.

Hard Feelings features work by a group of Australian and New Zealand artists who aren’t afraid to get personal. Anastasia Klose’s confessional drawings reveal the artist’s innermost thoughts without compromise, Kaylene Whiskey inserts her favourite female pop icons into distinctly Australian landscapes, while Rea Burton blithely contests the objectification of women’s bodies in deliberately garish, ‘bad taste’ paintings. Spanning installation, drawing, painting and the moving image, this group of seven emerging and established artists interweave autobiography and fiction. Together, they expose intimate revelations, daydreams and hard truths.
Katherine Botten adopts neo-liberal modes of generating value [social and economic] from damage [psychic wounds and failures] through the mechanisms of art production. Mainline the zeitgeist, stick things on a wall. Recent projects include: In Commerce Court, Main Street, Toronto (2018); People Soup, Suicidal Oil Piglet, Melbourne; Real Life Fantasies, West Space, Melbourne (both 2017); Beneath The Beach, The Cobblestonesrecess.net.au, Melbourne (2017); This Beautiful Life, TCB art inc., Melbourne; Backseat Driver, Interstate Projects, New York (both 2016) and A Sinking Feeling; Punk Café, Melbourne (2015).  Katherine is represented by Suicidal Oil Piglet.

Rea Burton is currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Her paintings are self-described ‘filthy celebrations’ that critique the commodification of women’s bodies. Her interests include feminist theory, science-fiction and poetry. Recent exhibitions include: Dirty Girl’s Daydream, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland; like a dog and a bitch on heat, Window, University of Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland (both 2017) and Elam BFA (Honours) end of year exhibition, University of Auckland, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland (2016). Rea is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery.

Anastasia Klose works at an animal shelter in Campsie, NSW. Her work spans video, performance, installation and drawing and is typically humorous and self-deprecating. Selected exhibitions include: Recent Drawings, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne (2017); One Stop Knock-Off Shop, Art HK, Hong Kong (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; I Can’t Stop Living, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (both 2012); and Feminism Never Happened, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2010). Anastasia is represented by Tolarno Galleries.

Saskia Leek generally works in oils on small scale boards. She has a keen interest in amateur painting and in her own work questions the conventions of representation and what makes a ‘good’ painting. Recent exhibitions include: Breakfast Guess, Ivan Anthony, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland (2018); Slopes, Jonathan Smart Gallery, Ōtautahi/Christchurch; Roooms, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (both 2017) and Necessary Distraction: A Painting Show, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland (2015). She currently lives and works in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. Saskia is represented by Ivan Anthony Gallery, Darren Knight Gallery and Jonathan Smart Gallery.

Natasha Matila-Smith (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Hine, Saleaumua, Pākehā ) is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. Her practice often deals with social exchanges and anxieties across installation and digital contexts. Recent exhibitions include: Heavenly Creatures, Verge Gallery, Sydney (2018); You’re my number 1, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney; In The Flesh, Blue Oyster, Ōtepoti/Dunedin and Cold Islanders, Waikato Museum of Art and History Kirikiriroa/Hamilton (all 2017).

Jenny Watson is renowned for her personal and idiosyncratic paintings that merge autobiography and fiction. She was recently the subject of a major retrospective The Fabric of Fantasy at the MCA, Sydney, curated by Anna Davis, that also toured to the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. Other recent solo exhibitions include: Definitions: Velvet + Text, Anna Schwartz gallery, Melbourne (2018); Chronicles, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2016); Birds, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2014) and Here, There, and Everywhere, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2012). She lives and works in Brisbane. Jenny is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.

Kaylene Whiskey works out of Iwantja Arts, a non-profit artist studio located within the remote Indigenous community of Indulkana on the APY lands in the Northern Territory. Her work often includes images of iconic pop culture figures (her heroes) positioned alongside Australian wildlife and landscapes. Recent exhibitions include: Next Matriarch, ACE Open, Tarnanthi Festival, Adelaide; Telstra NATSIAA Awards, finalist, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin (both 2017) and Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea (2016). Kaylene is represented by Iwantja Arts.

Image: Rea Burton, mummy loves you, acrylic on hessian, 2018.
The Honeymoon Suite and Serena Bentley would like to thank florist studio Cecilia Fox for their generous support of the exhibition.