BURCHILL / McCAMLEY
RONNIE VAN HOUT
CURATED BY CHRISTOPHER SCIUTO AND PATRICE SHARKEY
OPENING WEDNESDAY 30 APRIL 6 – 8PM
EXHIBITION 1 MAY – 24 MAY 2014
Catalogue essay by Harriet Kate Morgan
Based on a belief that happiness may be a futile pursuit, Don’t Hide the Hate brings together a group of artists who embrace negativity in their creative process. Whether channelling feelings of dissatisfaction, destruction and disgust; ridiculing and mocking others; partaking in acts of self-loathing; participating in questionable or criminal behaviour; or engaging subversive imagery and text; each artist in Don’t Hide the Hate indulges in the pleasures of hating.
If constant efforts to be happy in fact make us miserable, and censoring criticism, contrariness and cynicism weakens rational thought, then finding a way to express less pleasant feelings such as anger, pessimism and insecurity is surely a positive turn. Using humour as a form of release – or repellent in the face of unfettered optimism – Don’t Hide the Hate argues that this undervalued emotion is a productive force, and a constructive way to habilitate emotions and ideas that may be otherwise unbearable.
The opening for Don’t Hide the Hate will coincide with the launch of Centre for Style’s new space at the rear of 9 Smith Street, entry via Little Smith Street or through Slopes.
Image: Tony Garifalakis, Dream, 2012, courtesy the artist