SHARING LOVING GIVING

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SHARING, LOVING, GIVING
by Alexandra Lawson and Tarn McLean

SHARING, LOVING, GIVING is an exhibition by two Australian artists Alexandra Lawson and Tarn McLean at NLHspace in Copenhagen.

The exhibition SHARING, LOVING, GIVING challenges the distinction between fine art and everyday social activities. The two artists’ exhibition revolves around the notion of the “gift” as a gesture in the meeting between people. Thus letting the social interaction of the everyday into the exhibition space.

At the opening on 16 August, 5 pm guests will be offered a gift, where they are encouraged to follow a few simple instructions.
During the opening in Copenhagen, the two artists will (despite of the time difference) attend the event on the other side of the globe, in Toowoomba, Australia. Infused with both energy and humor, the two artists seek to create an exchange between Australia and Denmark through the visitor’s participation at NLHspace. The result of this interaction will later be displayed on http://www.raygunlab.com.

On the 23 and 28 of August 2013, from 5 to 8 pm, will be the open in during the Copenhagen Art Week and Gallery Night at Carlsberg.

This project will be continued in various modes between both NLH Copenhagen and RAYGUN Toowoomba as well as with other Artist Run Initiatives, across different countries in the future. The idea is to investigate the outcomes and possibilities of direct social exchange within a gallery context, merging cultures to create innovation and strengthening global artistic vibrancy.

Alexandra Lawson has a BA in visual arts from the University of Southern Queensland and the University of Kassel, Germany. She is currently doing her PhD thesis at the University of Southern Queensland and, together with Tarn McLean she is the co-founder of the exhibition space RaygunLab. She has exhibited in Queensland, Sydney and the United States.

Tarn McLean has a Bachelor of Visual Arts, and is currently a PhD candidate in philosophy from the University of Southern Queensland, she has exhibited in Queensland, Brisbane and Sydney, and together with Alexandra Lawson co-founder of the exhibition space RaygunLab in Toowoomba, Australia

Curated by Honey Biba Beckerlee and Suada Demirovic

SHARING LOVING GIVING #2

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SHARING LOVING GIVING is an extension of the practice at RAYGUN PROJECTS in Toowoomba, Australia. The project was conceived when RAYGUN was invited to have an exhibition at NLH SPACE in Copenhagen in 2013. The exhibition was constructed with the premise to share love and give to individuals on the other side of the world in order to connect with them.

In 2014 SHARING LOVING GIVING #2 is part of the International Festival for Artist Run Spaces in Copenhagen in May (9-31). The initial project in 2013 was designed to ‘get to know’ the participant, replicating a system that RAYGUN has conceived to ‘get to know’ their visiting artists. SHARING LOVING GIVING #2 however is a simultaneous event in Copenhagen and Toowoomba, including a literal presence in each space with Tarn McLean in Copenhagen and Alexandra Lawson at RAYGUN. The two events will occur simultaneously and will skype live at the opening. SHARING LOVING GIVING will open in Copenhagen on Friday 5pm and the event will stream live in Australia at 1am on Saturday morning May 10th (Friday Night). The project consists of two physical elements, a vinyl window sticker and a wall painting in Copenhagen that describes the Australian light (which is always commented upon by our visiting artists) and the Australian ‘Sloppy Joe’ which is an oversized sweat shirt or jumper. The Sloppy Joe is given to participants who will have a beer with one of the directors in either Copenhagen or Toowoomba.

If you’re in Toowoomba come to RAYGUN and have a beer and a dance with Ali at 1am and get a Sloppy Joe, or if you’re in Copenhagen visit NLH Space from 5-9pm to have a beer with Tarn, and of course! pick up a sloppy joe! x

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