Curated by Olivia Koh
2 - 3 August, 2019
@ The Fern Tree Community Centre
False Feeling responds to the term "pathetic fallacy" coined in art and literature by English cultural critic John Ruskin (b.1819). The term defines a writer's overly sentimental attribution of human feeling to the surrounding environment, inanimate objects and animals, translating from Latin to English as 'false emotions'. Moving away from these critical origins, False Feeling considers works that instead, measure a separation between an artist's sensibilities and their relationship to the external. Artists in Nipaluna | Hobart and Naarm | Melbourne respond to perceived pressures in relation to nature, landscape, language systems, religious figures and narratives. False Feeling reconsiders contemporary and traditional functions of natural and found objects and the malleability of language analogous to the shaping of materials in painting, sculpture, video and ceramics.
Olivia Koh is an artist living and working on unneeded lands of the Kulin nation (oliviakoh.net). She co-organises recess, an online platform for moving-image works with Kate Meakin and Nina Gilbert (recess.net.au).